Meet Pierre Pringiers - Founder & Chairman of SLYG
Belgian nationality, born in Kortrijk (Belgium) January 6, 1945. Graduated in 1968 as an 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 (CAMSO) based in Quebec, Canada, which has 1 billion USD worth of sales in close to 100 countries across the world. CAMSO INK was sold to Michelin in December 2018. From 1999 to 2018, Pierre Pringiers is the Honorary Consul for Belgium in Sri Lanka. Following the 2004 tsunami disaster, he initiated 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. In 2006, he co-founded the Building A Future Foundation, a long-term extension of the SLRT. a non-profit organisation which aims at improving the living conditions of underprivileged population depending on the resources of the ocean through capacity building, empowerment and economic self-sufficiency with an environmental, social and sustainable approach. Pursuing its objective of reintroducing sails in Sri Lanka, BAF developed innovative double powered fishing boats intended to be replicated at large scale in other coastal regions of the world affected by overfishing close to the shore. BAF also aims at creating a sailing culture in the island by initiating a yachting industry from boat building, sails and masts making,… to mini -marina creation and chartering services through social entrepreneurship and North-South cooperation. Pierre Pringiers is the founder and the main investor in the SAIL LANKA YACHTING GROUP (SLYG in 2104).