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Automobile component manufacturers provide over 5,000 jobs

1 August, 2021
Dimantha Jayawardena
Dimantha Jayawardena

New component manufacturers have surpassed the granting of 5,000 employment opportunities in the Western Province over the past few months, said   President of the Sri Lanka Automobile Component Manufacturers’ Association, Dimantha Jayawardena. 

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Industries with the stakeholders of the Sri Lankan automobile assembly and automobile component manufacturing industries launched a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the automobile manufacturing / assembling industry and the automobile components manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka.

Jayawardena said, “Industry stakeholders have been working hard during the intervening period to make maximum use of the new environment that has been created by the launch of the SOP. In the recent past, many have passed out of the Vocational Training Institute with NVQ Level 4 qualification. Many of them will be absorbed by private sector companies involved in the manufacturing of automobile components. In the next two to three years, we expect the industry to generate around 45,000 jobs.” A variety of automobile components are currently being manufactured in Sri Lanka and exported to various countries. Among them are pneumatic and solid tyres, batteries, rubber components including bushes and carpets, silencers, seats, radiators, body panels and bumpers even for racing cars, impact sensor switches for seat belts and air bags, and truck trailers.

“A new truck manufacturer is expected to enter the market soon,” Jayawardena said. “Ten thousand locally manufactured motorcycles will be released to the market by October 1. These bikes will feature locally manufactured batteries, seats, wire harnesses, plastic and rubber items and tyres.”

The 2021 Budget introduced in November last year included several policy initiatives to encourage the local manufacture of automobile components.

“Last year, SLACMA submitted a 10-year master-plan to the Finance Ministry as a crucial step to take the local assembly industry and component supply to the next level, as they seek quality certification from their regional counterparts to boost growth,” Jayawardena said.

“The unity within the industry and the very positive responses that we received from particularly the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industries has laid the foundation to move forward with the master-plan. 

“It is very heartening to note that job creation is becoming a reality.

“Wire harnesses are largely manufactured by a pool of women, making the employment rate dedicated to this sector see a jump from 60 to 70% in women’s jobs.

“We are very confident that despite the pressures of the pandemic, we will realise the objectives of improved and increased local manufacture and assembly and of a rapid increase in job creation,” he said.