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Swim Week Colombo, presented by OLU Tropical Water and Asia’s first fashion week dedicated to swimwear, announces a new season. Swim Week Colombo is a technical collaboration with Linea Aqua, a world-class manufacturer of swimwear, and an international platform and hub for swimwear, bringing together leading designers, manufacturers, buyers, retailers and media for an exciting series of runway shows, fashion talks and retail segments from 24 to 26 June 2016.

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From left: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, MAS Holdings Chairman Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean and Mayor of Colombo A. J. M. Muzammil

The Royal MAS Arena was ceremonially opened on 28 March by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe amidst a gathering of distinguished dignitaries including Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

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Optitex International USA Board Director Yoram Burg (third from left) hands over the licensed version of Optitex 3D software to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen as JAAF Secretary General Tuli Cooray (far left) and Juki Lanka Service Centre Director Satoshi Ohbuchi (far right) look on Hilton Residences on 23 February

The leading provider of high-tech solutions for the global textile industry has partnered with Sri Lanka’s apparel sector to upgrade the country’s apparel designing to new levels and the Lankan apparel industry has now entered the 3D design realm for the first time.

1402988695BS PII 14 02 P tas 1Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd specializes in intimate wear for the world renowned brand Diesel, which is known for its denim wear. The team has developed a knit fabric for their new underwear collection to complement Diesel’s denim look and feel.

With over a decade of expertise in the apparel industry, Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd and Penguin Sportswear (Pvt) Ltd, have come together to become one of the leading apparel manufacturers in Sri Lanka. Their client portfolio includes some of the biggest retail names in Europe and the UK.

Apparel and fabric giant Brandix will commence construction of its newest factory in Batticaloa next month, pumping in $ 10 million and giving a further boost to the north-east region.

The new factory comes as a welcome addition to the lagging region where Brandix already operates a plant in Punani, Batticaloa, for the past five years. The earlier investment stands at $ 1.6 million (Rs. 230 million)

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared open the newly built apparel factory of the Hirdaramani group at Puthukkudiyiruppu in the former conflict zone in the North.

Speaking at the event President Sirisena said the future of the country is with the youth and the country can be built with their strength, utilizing their energy and ensuring their democratic rights to build the nation. The President said the government is set to launch many new investment projects in the North where the people are struggling with unemployment and poverty.

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Powered by the country's apex exports facilitator EDB, Lankan apparel sector snatched a new virgin market and some premium global buyers of three other new markets on November 27.

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With an eye on the target of reaching$8.5 bn worth of clothing exports per annum by 2020, Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturersare backing a national bid to regain preferential trade concessions from the EU. Sri Lankahas carved a niche as an international centre for clothing manufacturing despite tough regional competition, with the high-value segment performing particularly well.

The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association was held on the 24th of November 2015, under the patronage of Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade. Below is the speech delivered by Mr Saifuddin Jafferjee, Chairman of the Association.

SLAEA Chairman Saif Jafferjee in conversation with Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik
Samarawickrama at the SLAEA AGM held at Jaic Hilton
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The apparel industry has set an annual export target of US$ 10 billion by 2025 while expanding into regional markets, the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA) said.

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Sri Lanka Garments

sri lanka garments 2016Journal & Directory of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association, containing valuable information with regard to the apparel industry.
Issue No. 89


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