A beginning of a new order with MAS and NIKE

The varied concepts of each firm are an unique identification of what they are. When the region’s largest supplier of intimate apparel and sports and active wear adhered to the concept of ‘philosophy of partnership’ little did they know that this unique concept will serve them in the way it has now.


“It was this concept that attracted the eyes of NIKE, Inc. to MAS and got them considering an Apparel Innovation and Training Centre at the MAS Fabric Park in Sri Lanka,” said Chairman MAS Holdings, Mahesh Amalean at the launch of the Apparel Innovation and Training Centre at Thulhiriya.


Based on the success of the Nike Innovation and Training Centre for footwear in Vietnam,


a partnership between one of the world’s leading brands Nike Inc. and MAS Active was administered. This new innovation focuses on giving a standardized foundation of training and education on apparel to students worldwide. The first batch of students who commenced their


programme yesterday includes students from China, India, Bangladesh and Mexico.


Attending the event Minister of Mass Media and Information, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa stated that in an industry such as apparel which benefits some 300,000 people and generates an income of about USD 2 Billion, an innovation such as this would strengthenSri Lanka’s name in the global market and elevate the quality standard.


“The Sri Lankan apparel industry enjoys a high reputation for high quality and the ability to meet deadlines in the global market. We also have a large part of skilled workers and mangers here, pioneers such as this would help promote Sri Lanka further as a business friendly country,” the Minister said. The newly launched plant serves two key areas in the business, firstly as a manufacturing plant producing high quality garments and secondly as a training centre in lean management, Minister Yapa noted. For future acceleration to take place in the industry, a clear understanding of the world markets such as the Chinese and the Vietnamese markets are vital, Minister Yapa observed while also stating that promoting backward linkages and setting primary objectives based on consolidation is necessary as well.


The Apparel Innovation and Training Centre provides a standardized foundation of training and education to create industry leadership in lean manufacturing, innovation, and continued learning that elevates the quality and craftsmanship of Nike Products, Manufacturing Director, Nike Global Apparel, Dipayan Dasgupta said. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with MAS Active who has shown a deep understanding of the positive impact of training and workforce empowerment and working towards reducing manufacturing waste and other such qualities,” he said. “MAS is thus investing in the concept of lean and green while providing ample knowledge to sharpen the skills needed for the business,” Chairman MAS Holdings, Mahesh Amalean disclosed to the Daily Mirror FT. “This is a model plant for Nike internationally and is a huge achievement for us”. With the philosophy of the company, Mr. Amalean strives to partner with the best brands, best retailers and best suppliers, “We have bought home world class names and will continue to do so step by step,” he said. The facility is housed within the MAS Institute of Management and Technology section at the MAS Fabric Park and is managed and operated by Nike. The center is dedicated for the training of Nike employees, and members of their key manufacturing partners. It offers a 12 week core lean programs providing both practical and theory education in driving process innovations conducted by expert faculty from the USA and South Asia. MAS Active also launched an apparel manufacturing facility- the Linea AITC, exclusively given to Nike in lieu with the training centre partnership. This is said to function as a laboratory where the students could experiment and trail the innovation process improvements developed during the course while doubling up as a manufacturing facility otherwise. The significance of this facility is that this goes down in MAS history as its 27th manufacturing facility faculty and their 4th based within the Fabric Park. This also offers employment to over 200 people.