Prima Ceylon has given employment opportunities to thousands of people and has made a significant contribution to uplift the economy of rural areas, especially in Trincomalee.
Prima Company, which provided the people of Sri Lankan with wheat flour uninterruptedly even during the 30-year conflict, introduced Prima Scholarship Fund 30 years ago.
Speaking at a ceremony held in Trincomalee recently, Tan Beng Chuan, Group General Manager of Prima Group, said that the company has donated Rs. 24.5 million to Sri Lanka Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Fund, and initiate a program to reconstruct the children’s section of the Jaffna Library with the assistance of the Government of Singapore, to mark Prima Ceylon’s 25th anniversary.
He said: “We have strived at all times to serve Sri Lanka as beyond a flour producer. We work closely with remarkable Sri Lankans in the baking and related industries, helping enhance their businesses through skills, equipment and infrastructure development.”
“Over our 40 year journey here, we have been privileged to witness the determination, strength and resilience of Sri Lankans. We are confident that our relationship with this great nation will only get stronger in the years to come as we continue to serve our purpose of delivering the highest quality products whilst contributing to the growth of Sri Lanka’s socio-economic status,” he added.
Prima has invested more than USD 240 million in Sri Lanka.
Prima Ceylon in Trincomalee
In 1978, the construction of Prima Flour Milling Complex commenced with an investment of USD 82 million. It was declared open in 1980 and at that time, it was the largest flour milling complex in the world.
So far, USD 240 million has been invested to upgrade its production capacity, storage facilities and delivery facilities.
Prima Ceylon facility is equipped with Swiss technology, a high efficiency grain milling capacity (3,650 MT per day), mega silos storage (350,000 MT) and the ability to directly berth (100,000 MT) ‘cape-size’ bulk carriers, which are some of the largest carries in the world.
Photos - Ajith Senevirathne