Expack named among ‘Best Workplaces’

Named in Asia for 2nd consecutive year

Zulficar Ghouse – executive director of Expack receiving the award for ‘Best Workplaces in Asia’ 2020

Proving its continued efforts in fostering an inclusive and welcoming culture where all
employees feel empowered and appreciated, Expack Corrugated Cartons was named among the Best Small and Medium Workplaces in Asia for 2020 by Great Place to Work for the second time.

The country’s premier sustainable corrugated packaging solutions provider also ranked in the Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year. Despite 2020 being an
unprecedented and challenging year, the employees at Expack showed high resilience and
emerged stronger together, taking ownership to directly impact and share in its success.

The company is thus far the one and only packaging provider to win such titles in the industry. Zulficar Ghouse, executive director, Expack Corrugated Cartons said, “The consecutive title wins as being one of the Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka as well as in Asia is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our talented and diverse people.

“Their unfaltering energy and enthusiasm makes us who we are and we as leaders thrive to give them the best possible environment to develop their full potential and have a healthy work-life balance. We have an open-door policy and encourage everyone at Expack to walk in and discuss just about anything.” Expack embraces diversity and inclusivity in all its aspects. Its 300-plus strong workforce is built of different religions, ethnicities, age groups and genders, all working cohesively with a shared purpose.

The winning ‘Team Expack’ after receiving the awards

“The Expack family culture is built on transparency, empathy, open communication,
empowerment and constant motivation which speaks for itself being adjudged as the number one corrugated carton manufacturer in Sri Lanka. Building an inclusive culture which empowers everyone is what our leadership strives for and this has made our company a great workplace for all,” he added.

Expack is the first corrugated carton manufacturer in the country to be awarded WRAP
certification. The company is also ISO 9001-2015 and ISO 14001-2015 certified. It places
sustainability at the heart of its operations, adopting various company-wide eco-friendly
practices and policies and initiates well planned CSR initiatives to give back to the community. Its loyal customer portfolio includes various businesses across a multitude of industry sectors.

The autonomy, empowerment, unity, and togetherness have created great job satisfaction.
Strategic intent in terms of the corporate vision, mission, and objectives are clearly
communicated among the entire team. This has resulted in a great team spirit, thus winning many accolades and awards at the NCE- Exports Awards, the NCCSL-National Business Excellence Awards, The Lanka Star Awards by Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, and a CCNI Top 10 award to name a few.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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