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SLIIT Partners PRI to bring rubber research to international standards

The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRI) recently entered into a partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) for the institute’s graduates and undergraduates to be a part of their Finite Element Analysis and Simulation Center (FEAS Center).  The Center was established by PRI, to support the industry with the facility to do analysis especially in the area of Finite Elements (FE).

The Plastics and Rubber industry has a clear requirement of FE Analysis particularly in their dealings with foreign customers. In establishing the center, the Government granted Rs 50 Million as seed money, helping to equip it with state-of-the-art software and required hardware so that the industry would have a modern facility that allows industry players to analyse conceptual designs for structural strength, heat transfer, build 3D conceptual designs, handle plastic injection moulding simulations and build prototypes.  Some industry players have also got on board providing sponsorships for the Center, in lieu of the opportunity of using it for their analysis requirements.

Kaushal Rajapaksa, President of the Plastics & Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka says, “The FEASC Centre which is funded by the Government of Sri Lanka to the value of 50 million to purchase the software and it is the first Public/Private partnership venture established under the Rubber Master Plan 2030. Now it is fully operational, helping the industries including SMEs to carry out their product development work in an innovative and cost effective manner that enabled them to be in par with other international companies. We have entered into MoUs with many companies in Sri Lanka and carried out many projects which have proven successful for the industrialists. The MoU which we have signed with SLIIT is unique due to the potential synergies we can mutually develop to assist the industry.”