Business News from Sri Lanka: First-ever state-run Wheel Alignment Center (WAC) was launched for the four-wheel light car class, demand for its facilities peaked–not from state-owned cars, but from private car owners starving for trustworthy service.
“Eight cars were serviced within seven hours of the opening of the STC Wheel Alignment Center (STCWAC), including high-roof ambulances. More private cars are now being booked, “a happy state trading (STC) chairman Hussein Bhaila said on September 12. STCWAC is a free gift to the STC by Unimo Enterprises Ltd –the fully owned subsidiary of United Motors Lanka PLC –and was launched by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training (ICTPDPCDSDVT) Rishad Bathiudeen on 11 September in Colombo, joined by his State Minister Buddhika Pathirana, Chairman Bhaila, and STC Executive Director Reyaz Salley.
STCWAC is the first state-run Wheel Alignment Center to provide services to the public at very competitive rates.
“STC sells ten tire products, one of which is Yokohama, the Japanese manufactured tire that is among the top ten in the world. On behalf of Unimo Enterprises Ltd, its only distributor in Sri Lanka, we sell Yokohama tires. We were given the WAC by Unimo Enterprises Ltd, “Chairman Bhaila said. In its WAC, STC utilizes several auto-technicians and auto-service staff.
The STCWAC set-up total value is approximately Rs 5 million (excluding property value). Under the Ministry of Minister Bathiudeen, STC is Sri Lanka’s sole, state-owned diversified conglomerate, providing a wide variety of goods and services–from household equipment to industrial machinery.