Apparel Buzz

Apparel sourcing industry says FTAs and trade concessions needed, not only GSP+


Texus Lanka(pvt) Ltd Raj David, Next Sourcing Ltd Chanaka Perera, Garment Services Ltd Anil Wettewe, Department of Commerce Director General R.D.S. Kumararatne, Export Development Board Chairman BandulaEgodage and George Sourcing Services GayanGalapitage at the head table
By Shehana Dain


JAAF takes up GSP+ issues with visiting EU delegation

At a meeting held last week between the visiting EU delegation and the representatives of the Joint Apparel Association (JAAF) the importance and value attached to the EU market to the apparel industry was highlighted.It was mentioned that in 2014, the apparel industry had exported US$ 2.1 billion worth or 46% of its total exports mainly to the EU.


First European R&D breakthrough for Lankan apparels

  • Topped up with opening to world’s next economic supermodel
  • Rishad clinches breakthrough for Lankan apparel industry
  • Skype creator economy opens for Lankan apparels and exports
  • Supporting Lanka apparel R&D: Sweden’s Advisor Almufti
  • Ready; SL manufacturing now at G4: Rishad
  • First-of-a-kind link to Lankan apparel manufacturing
  • Lanka’s apparel exports readying to cross $ 5 b


MAS Holdings introduced a branded smart welfare card for its employees

MAS Holdings introduceda branded smart welfare card for its employees. Unlike the conventional plastics, this is a smart card capable of carrying out multiple functions for a smooth and efficient employee welfare program.


JAAF and CL Synergy ink deals to ensure ethical practice in logistics

CL Synergy, which has been chosen by the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) as the preferred logistics solutions provider, has positioned its strategies in the region for the coming year in an effort to bolster the nation’s largest contributor to the export revenue.


LiCC Jeans recognised with Excellence Award

Long Island Clothing Company (LiCC Jeans), a trendsetter in the Sri Lankan fashion industry is one of the most widespread and contemporary denim ware brands in Sri Lanka. Attesting to the excellence that they have achieved so far, LiCC Jeans – Hirdaramani Group’s own brand – was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Global Commerce Excellence Awards 2014’.


The Sri Lanka Apparel: Elevating Fashionably to its Mastery


Today, Sri Lanka stands strong as one of the premier fashion and apparel outsourcing hubs in the world, possessing a wealth of long established culture which represents ethical entrepreneurship and sustainability. At present, the country is on a seamless and relentless process of setting up a unique platform to accomplish its ascendancy through superior quality, incomparable turnaround time and adoption of state-of-the-art technology.


Sri lanka Annual Exports Apparel

YoY Jan-Nov exports up by 7.5% to $10.1 b
‘Apparels, fisheries delivered’-EDB Chairman Egodage
Surge seen across multiple sectors
Apparels net $ 4.45 b


Quantum Clothing recognised for the employment of persons with disabilities

1210 01The Ministry of Social Services commemorated International Day of Persons with Disability at a national ceremony held under the patronage of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees on the 4th of December 2014.

His Excellency the President presented awards to certain individuals and organisations for their provision of services to persons with disabilities.


The staying power of Lankan apparels

Testimonial by Sanath Nanayakkare

Pulling the wool over someone's eyes, usually, means to deceive someone. However, 'pulling the cotton over someone's eyes' could mean convincing someone beyond doubt about the quality of a cotton shirt manufactured in Sri Lanka. This was demonstrated at the business session of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association which was held at the JAIC Hilton on Wednesday.


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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