25th January 2018, marked a very special day, not only for those at GRI but also for Sri Lanka, as GRI celebrated the Grand Opening of its World Class Specialty Tire Manufacturing Facility that will produce Agriculture, Construction and Pneumatic Material Handling tires in Sri Lanka.
Following the official opening of its advanced factory in the morning, attended by visitors from over 35 countries, GRI continued its celebrations at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, where they hosted a gala reception in the Main Ballroom. GRI was honored by the presence His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, who graced the event as Chief Guest. His Excellency acknowledged GRI’s milestone, not only for the company but also for the country, as GRI has brought about momentous advancement to the country’s export portfolio with the production of Radial Agriculture tires for the first time in Sri Lanka.
Alongside His Excellency, other ministerial delegates graced the occasion. GRI hosted the Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Hon. Ranjan Ramanayake Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Disaster Manegment Minister Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, the former Finance Minister Mr. Ravi Karunanayake and the United National Party's former General Secretary Mr. Tissa Attanayake.
The night was filled with splendor and exhilaration as GRI had put their heart and soul into the celebration. Artist Umara Sinhawansa amazed and stunned the audience with her cover songs while exquisite traditional dancers charmed and enthralled GRI’s guest, showing off the culture and flavor of Sri Lanka.
GRI has risen in the ranks of world class tire companies with strong business partnerships, broad global outreach, continued manufacturing innovation and by developing an extremely compelling product portfolio. A track record of quality and innovation have made GRI’s brands our customer’s top choice. With quality, value and a pioneering spirit at its core, GRI now joins the elite league of global specialty tire producers.