Demand builds for islands first state run automotive service hub

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Sri Lanka’s first ever state run wheel alignment centre (WAC) for four wheel light vehicle class was launched in September has seen demand for its services peak from state owned and private vehicle owners.

“Eight vehicles, including high-roof ambulances, have been serviced within just seven hours’ of opening of STC Wheel Alignment Centre (STCWAC). More private vehicles are now being booked” said a pleased chairman of government owned State Trading (General) Corporation (STC) Hussein Bhaila.

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.

STCWAC is the first ever state run wheel alignment centre providing services to the public –and at very competitive prices.

“STC sells ten tyre brands and one such brand is Yokohama, the Japanese made tyre which is among the global top ten. We sell Yokohama tyres on behalf of Unimo Enterprises Ltd, its sole distributor in Sri Lanka. Unimo Enterprises Ltd gifted the WAC to us” said Chairman Bhaila.

STC uses a number of auto-technicians and auto servicing assistants in its WAC.

The total value of setting up the STCWAC is around 5 million rupees (excluding the land value).

References: LBO

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