Apparel Buzz

Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Eye on Brazilian Market

Having an eye on expanding Sri Lanka's presence in the multi-billion Brazilian apparel market, the Export Development Board (EDB) and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil organized the first ever Apparel Promotion Delegation to Brazil from 22 to 27 September.


“Taiwan Textile Fairs in South Asia 2014 ”


The Taiwan textile industry is the acknowledged world leader in research, development & manufacturing of fabric and garment accessories. The highly successful Taiwan Textile Fairs brings together leading suppliers of textiles and related products from Taiwan,one of the world’s largest textiles exporting countries to India, at the Taiwan Textiles Fairs in South Asia 2014. The fairs would showcase cutting edge innovative and high performance functional textiles to Indian apparel manufacturers. The fair will take place on:


SRI LANKA: Brandix selects first "game-changing" innovations

The first of the potential "game-changing" apparel solutions that will be offered support by Sri Lankan exporter Brandix Group focus on speeding product development and time to market.


Three start-ups have been accepted into the Disrupt Unlimited incubator launched by Brandix earlier this year, and will receive financial and technical support and mentoring to help commercialise their innovations.




Of the three, 'Generation Epsilon' is redesigning the sample approval process in bra production to give customers a better fit and accelerate time to market.


'Enhanzer Innovation' is creating a platform to integrate with customer order systems and streamline the product development process.


And 'DoInnov' is developing a virtual order reference system to maximise accuracy and efficiency in the manufacturing process.


"Some of the challenges are big stuff that can make a substantial difference to the way things are done not only on a local scale but on the international scale as well," said Brandix Group director Udena Wickremesooriya.


Separately, the apparel group is backing an Innovation Award at the Sri Lanka Robotics Challenge carried out each year at the country's Moratuwa University.


For the inaugural Brandix Innovation Award, contenders have been challenged to build a robotic arm that can pick up single pieces of fabric from a stack and place them in a reverse-order stack within a specified area, within five minutes. The entire stack may not be picked up at once, reversed in the air and placed in the new location, and the pieces of fabric cannot be damaged or folded in the process.


The team that produces the best fabric handling robotic arm will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to build the robot - which may then be implemented at Brandix facilities in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.


Click on the following link to read more about the US$1m 'Disrupt Unlimited' venture: Sri Lanka sets sights on game-changing solutions.

Global apparel giant eyes Lanka-China FTA

Ceylon Finance Today: The forthcoming Lanka-China FTA has electrified no less than a U$ 8 billion global apparel giant who is also the world's largest shirt maker, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said yesterday (4).


Apparel giant Brandix joins JAAF initiated Ransalu Pranama worker welfare program

Ransalu Pranaama Worker Welfare Program enters phase four with the participation of the apparel giant-Brandix Lanka, which employs the largest number of highly skilled employees and specialist staff at their various niche facilities situated in different parts of the country.


Trade deficit declines on stronger exports

  • Apparel leads the way with 25% growth, expectations to meet $ 5b target well before 2015
  • Exports in June 2014 grew by 22% to $ 986 million, imports declined by 4.6%
  • Industrial exports led at 64% followed by agricultural exports at 36%

Garments Without Guilt revamps their BLOG

Garments without Guilt since its origin was a driving tool to enhance the ethical and social behavior of the Apparel industry. As a mean of showcasing the strong contribution done by the apparel industry to uplift the lives of the public, GWG has enhanced its presence online by revamping the GWG Blog.


Korean push for first ever Lanka regional apparel training

  • Lanka’s top apparel trainer SLITA expands to regions
  • $ 20,000 from KOICA for first regional apparel training

Sri Lanka’s ‘greenest’ apparel factory Mihila reinforces its commitment to sustainability

The county’s iconic green factory – the Hirdaramani Group’s Mihila Factory – recently re-certified itself as having completely offset it entire operational carbon footprint.


Two manufacturing facilities of Brandix Apparel Solutions Ltd. have been awarded Eco Factory

Lingerie Cluster in Nittambuwa have been awarded Eco Factory Attributes by the global retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) in recognition of achievements in reducing their environmental footprint.


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