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ABACUS Tea unveils staple-free technology for existing tea bag machines


Abacus Tea Pvt Ltd on 9th April at the Hilton Colombo presented a ground breaking invention by making Constanta tea bag machines staple free. The breakthrough is an invention by tea bag industry veteran and Abacus Tea Pvt. Ltd Chairman, Rohan De Lanerolle, who will now give a new lease of life to over 1,000 tea bag machines operating around the world.

Speaking on the invention, Senior Marketing Vice President of JV Gokal India, who is the global appointed agent of Abacus Tea said that India is faced with a situation where the FSSAI is banning the use of staples in domestic marketing at the end of June, which has made the industry look to options available closer to home and feels that this low cost revolutionary innovation, which engineers around the world have been trying with no success and now achieved by a master in the industry Rohan De Lanerolle, will help these machines to enter the future years.

Mr Nakul Jagjivan Director of Universal Commodities Trading FZC & JV Gokal India said he has known Rohan for the last 20 years and was very happy to partner him on this project.

The Hon Prime Minister in his message said, ‘I have known only of the internationally acclaimed singing duo The De Lanerolle Brothers so far, but I have learnt that Rohan de Lanerolle Snr was and is still a pioneer in the tea bagging industry where he owns and operates a tea bagging plant, Abacus Tea Pvt. Ltd’.

Former president and current leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapakse in a message said, ‘My first interaction with Mr Rohan de Lanerolle senior was in 2012, when I recognized his company for supplying the tea for the Diamond Jubilee luncheon of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today it is with pleasure that I congratulate him once again on yet another milestone reached.’

Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in her message said, ‘It’s no doubt that this invention is going to benefit the tea export industry in Sri Lanka. As a senior citizen you have showed that nothing is impossible at any age. I understand that you have learnt sophisticated software recently to help you complete the design you developed in your mind’.

Plantations Minister Hon Navin Dissanayake in a message said, ‘Europe due to recycling is continuing to discourage the use of staples and the market share in Sri Lanka is expanding in producing staple-free tea bags. Closer to Sri Lanka the Food Safety Standards Authority of India has banned staples in the domestic market to be effective at the end of June 2019. I understand that there are approximately 200 machines operating in Sri Lanka and more than 1000 machines globally. This invention to make the German origin tea bag machines staple-free will give a new lease of life for these machines in the world, which in return will also benefit the economy of Sri Lanka’.

Ishan de Lanerolle Director Marketing of Abacus Tea Pvt Ltd., speaking on behalf of his father thanked his father the chairman for his invention to the industry and everyone for their attendance and congratulatory messages. He also thanked their lawyers in Sri Lankan D.L & F. DE SARAM and in Singapore VIERING, JENTSCHURA & PARTNER LLP for their work in intellectual rights in relation to the invention.

Anyone can get in touch with the chairman by emailing him at

(Media Release)

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