The Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) is a successor to the Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISIR), which was established in 1955. ITI has been rendering services to firms involved in businesses for local and foreign markets, national infrastructure development projects and overseas laboratories. ITI has a workforce of 340 with 65 scientists, 14 engineers and 102 technical staff. These include 20 PhD and 22 MS degree holders.
ITI conducts client-sponsored research and development in the following areas: Food Technology; Herbal Technology; Materials Technology; Environmental Technology; Engineering Services; and Biotechnology.
ITI has the following five primary laboratories: Chemical and Microbiological Laboratory; Residue Analysis Laboratory (RAL); Electro Technology Laboratory; Industrial Metrology Laboratory; and Materials Laboratory.
ITI has developed the following major food products: cereal-based products; fruit and vegetable products; rambutan, lime, tamarind, banana, jak, mushroom, soya, confectionery, coconut, cashew, fish, fish waste, meat, and dairy products. The herbal products refined by ITI include essential oils; herbal teas, medicines, cosmetics, toiletries; aroma chemicals; bio-fertilizers; aloe creams and gels; and betel products.
ITI conducts numerous skill-building training programs within the communities to enhance the technical competence of prospective micro entrepreneurs. The Institute has filed 8 patent applications, pertaining to clay based technology to purify water; banana fibre paper; flavoured isotonic beverages; and Natural Methyl Eugenol based fruit fly trap.
ITI is looking forward to establishing research and development collaborations with other organizations in the fields of Herbal Technology, Food Technology, and Materials technologies. ITI also offers training facilities in Metrology, ISO 17025, and Herbal cosmetics, as well as transfer of a range of Herbal, Food & Material based technologies.