Lalan Rubbers, Kingslake to meet global latex glove demand

Lalan Rubbers, regional plantation company and rubber manufacturer, announced a partnership with Sri Lankan manufacturing solutions experts, Kingslake, to streamline and optimise its production capabilities by using Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS).

Through the partnership, Lalan Rubbers will gain the ability to manage scheduling across its entire production process, while also benefiting from advanced planning capabilities. This will enable the company to respond in real-time to fluctuations in supply and demand, all within a single system implemented by Kingslake and the capabilities of the Siemens Op Centre APS.

Opcenter APS (formerly known as Preactor APS) is developed to meet such requirements using advanced algorithms that balance demand and capacity to generate effective and achievable production schedules.

“Planning is the only certain thing in an uncertain time. With digitalisation manufacturers – large and small – we are now able to react quickly and intelligently to unexpected changes in the supply chain. Through this partnership, we are enabling a quantum leap in our production capabilities, leveraging advanced planning and scheduling capabilities that will bolt on to our existing systems. These investments are aligned with national efforts to enhance the domestic rubber industry, while providing our enterprise with an invaluable competitive edge,” stated Lalan Rubbers CEO Manjula Mahadanaarachchi. 

According to Lalan Rubbers Head of Information Technology Rasika S. Priyantha, the implementation with Kingslake is timely, given the surging global demand for rubber latex gloves in a variety of fields from medical, chemical, food processing, janitorial, construction, and electrical engineering.

Elaborating on the Siemens OpCentre APS, Kingslake Head of Business Solutions Mohamed Sheriffdeen said: “With this implementation, the team at Lalan receives an interactive, multi-constraint plant scheduling system, which will enable them to rapidly schedule orders using intelligent built-in rules, as well as an automated planner that can interact with the schedule as needed. This will provide unprecedented visibility and control to the management team, enabling them to optimise production across all of their orders at once, in real-time.”

 “From the outset, our mission has been to enable local manufacturers to excel, from product concept, design, and manufacture, to delivery. Leveraging expertise and capabilities built up throughout our 15 year-long partnership with Siemens, we have actively supported diverse organisations in enhancing their efficiency and expanding productivity – from value-added tea to furniture, rubber-based products, complex electronics, and high fashion apparel, to elastics, packaging to plastics, molds to tools, and electrical devices to glass. Our clients have generated increased profits using our solutions and expertise,” said Kingslake CEO Duleep Fernando.