Jinasena Limited was founded in 1905 as a bicycle-repair shop but soon moved into machinery repairs. Its founder, C.Jinasena, was a man of vision. He was a chartered engineer by profession and was educated in the UK. Sri Lanka at that time was known as Ceylon and was under colonial rule. Engineering – like many areas of enterprise – was the sole preserve of the British. When Jinasena Limited moved from servicing and repairing machinery used extensively in the tea and rubber industries into manufacturing these very same machines, it was like David going up against Goliath.
Jinasena Limited was the first Ceylonese owned engineering company – and by 1932, it was rated among the five leading engineering companies in the island.In 1950, the son of the founder T. S. Jinasena designed and manufactured the first Jinasena Centric Water Pump. After years of servicing and repairing foreign water pumps, and gaining first-hand knowledge of their shortcomings vis-à-vis local conditions, the Jinasena Centric Water Pump was designed to overcome these problems and provide users with trouble-free performance.The original water pump was fitted with a Hoover motor; but in 1967, a foundry was set up – and in 1973, a factory dedicated to manufacturing electric motors was established.
Jinasena Electrical Motors benefits from its technical agreements with German firm, Messrs. E. Blum Gmbh, as a result of which it has access to the latest developments in designing and manufacturing electric motors and a virtual guarantee of meeting the highest international standards. Its factory comprises machine, winding and assembly shops, and stateof-the-art testing facilities. The Jinasena Group also has interests in diverse fields, including hotel operations, generators, pneumatic rubber tyres, garments and agricultural machinery. Its agricultural machinery centres around a mission to design and manufacture mechanised farming equipment that is suited to farming conditions in Sri Lanka – in particular, the relatively small paddy fields in rural areas. The range of tractors, threshers, reapers, choppers and weeders really began to make their presence felt when the brand quickly gained the trust of the rural Sri Lankan farmer, who is traditionally extremely sceptical about the mechanisation of time-tried methods.
In agrarian economies, water pumps comprise a market in the same way that computers do in technology-driven economies.The market itself has undergone radical changes over the last ten years, largely driven by global competition and demand. With the liberalisation of the Chinese economy, cheap imports have flooded the Sri Lankan market. Similarly, a large number of water pumps from India and Europe have also entered the market. The Jinasena Centric Water Pump is the only water pump that is wholly manufactured in Sri Lanka. Despite competition, the Jinasena Centric Water Pump continues to enjoy a significant market share because of its sturdy construction, proven track record, availability of spare parts and reputable after-sales service. However, since there was a demand for cheaper water pumps, Jinasena began researching how alternative raw materials reduce the cost of producing a pump without compromising on quality. Jinasena was the first company in Sri Lanka to use high-quality engineering plastics to manufacture water pumps.
In 1990, engineering plastics were first used in the manufacture of the Jinasena Centric Water Pump impeller. A new range of domestic water pumps using high-quality engineering plastics was introduced in 1995. In 2005, a plastic pump was designed for the Maldivian market. Extruded aluminum is used for the pump’s housing, eliminating the use of cast iron and making this a totally corrosion-free pump. Jinasena now produces pressure-booster systems for highrise buildings and office blocks, and custom-built fire-fighting booster systems.