Industry Intelligence Report

Strategic planning at SLINTEC is a multi-pronged effort. Its observations are both inward and outward looking.

The inward looking element concentrates on identifying processes which increase the commercialisation potential of the research being carried out at the institution. Through which, problems identified, diagnosed, and solutions created in the form of tools that assist in the useful and sustainable commercialization of R&D. These include the creation of a novel Innovation Management System – which guides research from concept to commercialisation.

The outward looking element considers global macro trends, local unique selling points and market access vehicles, to understand areas of focus for the institution and its clients. Coupled with state of the art solutions, these learnings take the form of Industry Intelligence Reports, valuable for both Scientists and Industrialists.

Solid Waste Management of Sri Lanka

Waste is a pressing issue in the world. The amount of solid waste generated has risen ten fold over the last century, due to the increase in population, urbanization and consumption trends.

Similarly, waste generation in Sri Lanka has also been on the rise and the accumulation of waste without proper collection and management strategies has led to health hazards in several municipal areas.

The following report focuses on technology and opportunities for next generation waste management practices that provides greener solutions to the country’s waste problem.


Silica is a prime commodity that is increasingly used for various purposes around the world. In nature, it occurs in an extensive range, including in the form of quartz and is of very high economic value.

As a country with possession of highpurity quartz deposits in abundance, Sri Lanka has a natural advantage over other countries, whose produce require extensive purification.

This report focuses on technology and opportunities for high value addition processes for many forms of silica available in the country.


Tea is one of the most consumed and historically lowest cost beverages in the world, next only to water. More than 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

However, Sri Lankan tea production has recently been greatly challenged by the competition from land productivity, shortage of labour and climate changes.

This report highlights technology and opportunities to create novel products which can be produced using the locally available tea crop.


The global black pepper market is projected to grow by 2-3% per annum with much of the growth expected from the Asia-Pacific region.

Sri Lanka’s greatest strength in the black pepper industry lies in the pungency of the fruit. Sri Lankan black pepper is thought to contain 8-10% Piperine (the active ingredient responsible for pungency) compared to just 4% in other varieties.

This report highlights technology and opportunities for novel applications and products which can be produced using the locally available pepper produce.