Pierre Pringiers (Technical Director) - Bergougnan Benelux, Belgium
Belgian nationality, born in Kortrijk (Belgium) January 6, 1945.Married, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Graduated in 1968 as engineer in electro-mechanic at the University of Ghent, Belgium.
In 1968, Pierre Pringiers was the Technical Director of Bergougnan Benelux, Belgium up to 1980, when he assumed duties as the General Manager, Bergougnan Lanka, the first industrial tyre factory to be set up in Sri Lanka in 1980.
In November 1984, Chairman, promoter and co-founder of the group Solideal / Loadstar, a joint-venture with Jinasena family in Sri Lanka and held the position as Managing Director & Vice- Chairman. Since 2010 holding Director position in the newly merged Camoplast - Solideal group based in Quebec, Canada, (now called Camso Inc) which has 1 billion USD worth of sales in close to 140 countries across the world and where more than 60 pct of the products are made in SriLanka.
Through the two successful solid tyre projects, he turned Sri Lanka into the number one manufacturing and exporting hub for solid tyres in the world. He was a high-level business delegate representing Sri Lanka at the World Economic Forum 2016, a top level investor forum held in Davos, Switzerland in January 2016, delivered a special speech at the Sri Lanka Side Event in his capacity as the Chairman of Camso Loadstar (Pvt) Limited and as successful entrepreneur and investor.in Sri Lanka for 35 years.
Since 1999, Pierre Pringiers is the Honorary Consul for Belgium in Sri Lanka.
Following the 2004 tsunami disaster, Founder & Trustee of Building a Future Foundation (BAFF), and the Solideal Loadstar Rehabilitation Trust (SLRT), tsunami rehabilitation & reconstruction project. SLRT managed a total budget of 6.7 million USD and successfully achieved: rebuilding of 5 schools, 730 permanent houses, repair of 163 fishing boats, 20 new boats, repair of 315 boat engines, etc. Awarded “best housing reconstruction project” by UNHCR.
Pierre Pringiers was decorated by The King of Belgium Albert II with “Chevalier de l’ordre de Léopold” in recognition for the achievements; In November 2006, and the “Melvin Jones Fellow” from the Lions International Foundation for the dedicated humanitarian services.
BAFF (www.baflk.org), a long-term extension of the SLRT programme,is a philanthropic initiative based on entrepreneurship, youth and north south cooperation aimingto create a future for the youth along the Sri Lankan coast. Through the facilitation of training in different areas that have an economic development potential and bringing in innovative technologies with a focus on sustainable energies, new economic activities and employment opportunities are generated for the youth.A passion for sailing and yachts and Pierre Pringiers’ contacts in this field have given to BAFF a clear emphasis for water based activities related to leisure as well as to fisheries, with the development of hybrid fishing boats.
He has through BAFF been pioneering the development of the whale watching industry in Mirissa with the creation of Mirissa Water Sports as the first whale watching company and today, 8 years later there are45 whale watching companies in Mirissa, which is now a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and as such, it is a major success story for the country.
Since 2008, he has been pioneering the developing of the yacht building industry in Sri Lanka, and since 2014 has created the first yacht charter company in Sri Lanka “Sail Lanka Charter”which operates luxury sail yachts in Sri Lanka and has built 3 mini marinas to enable this great potential chartering industry to develop in Sri Lanka and using locally built yachts to do so.
His vision is that, to be successful in the yacht building for exports,and to be operated and used in the local charter market, which is deriving revenue from tourism, enable Sri Lanka not only to become the regional hub in south and south east Asia for yacht operations, but also to develop a major capacity for export of boats in the future.
Both, SLRT and BAFFare recognised by the King Baudouin Foundation as a charitable initiative of public interest.
Pierre Pringiers spends now 70% of his time and resources in philanthropic and social entrepreneurial activities of BAFF. His intention is to set up a specific fund which could support his initiative on a long-term basis.
Pierre Pringiers, in his approach to resolve problems, always emphasises on the human capital and the incredible success that this can generate. He is of the opinion that many conflicts find their roots in poverty and in environments lacking future prospects. By creating a vision for the future, a hope for expectations and concrete projects, Pierre Pringiers, believes to be able to offer a solution for the poverty in a well stipulated area.