1145337826b1-3by 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.

The personality at the centre of this exercise was Alexander Karchava, Russia’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, who exhibited a 44-year-old Hently shirt made in Ceylon for present-day apparel exporters to see and believe.

1145285046b1-1By Sanath Nanayakkare

'The apparel industry has seen the tangible benefits of the implementation of the anti-competition bill and has returned to double-digit growth, but future growth will have to be built on our own initiatives and entrepreneurship as we lack favourable trading arrangements, tilting the playing field in favour of our competitors, Saif Jafferjee, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association said on Wednesday.

"Nevertheless, in the short term,with the current growth momentum we will be on line to achieve USD 5.0 billion by 2015, Jafferjee said.


The Taiwan Textiles Fairs in South Asia 2014 will bring together leading suppliers of textiles and related products from Taiwan, in order to showcase innovative and high performance functional textiles to Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers, on 24 and 25 November at the Grand Crystal Ballroom of the Taj Samudra Hotel.


If any individual can be considered the father of Sri Lanka’s emergence as an apparel manufacturer of global significance it would be Martin Trust, as a tribute to whom a coffee table book has been published by the Brandix Group on behalf of the industryand Trust’s Sri Lankan business partners.

Textured Jersey Lanka PLC (TJL) has reported a top line of Rs. 3.5 b and net profit of Rs. 282 m for the quarter ended 30 September 2014 (2Q FY2014/15).

According to TJL Chairman Bill Lam, this marked an emphatic recovery from the temporary setback suffered in the previous quarter, with sales up 29% and net profit up 72% on a quarter on quarter basis. Further, on a year on year basis the company was back on a strong growth trajectory with both sales and net profit up 7%.


One of Sri Lanka’s most recognized apparel factories cements its environmental sustainability credentials

Already recognized as a leading proponent of environmental sustainability, Bodyline (Pvt) Ltd; one of Sri Lanka’s best known apparel companies marked World Environment Day by announcing the international CarbonNeutral® certification for one of its factories.

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Critical that an independent trade facilitation unit be set up by government
Quote from OECD report

“Steady increases in trade volumes and complexity in recent years have significantly changed the operating environment for the international trading community. They have also highlighted the negative impact of inefficient border procedures on governments, businesses and ultimately on the customer and the economy as a whole. Governments may face smuggling, fraud and national security problems, which drain the public coffers, while businesses pay the price of slow and unpredictable goods delivery, costly customs procedures, and even lost business opportunities. And all these costs ultimately make goods more expensive for the consumer. These ‘hidden’ costs of trade are so high – as much as 15% of the value of the goods traded in some cases – that studies show that for many countries, the welfare benefits from more efficient customs procedures could be as high as those from reducing tariffs.”

0811Since Sri Lanka is expected to enter into a Free Trade Agreement with China, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association organized a seminar at Hilton Colombo Residence on the 5th of August 2014 for the Apparel Exporters of Sri Lanka. The aim was to enhance the knowledge and quality awareness on supervisory regulations and mandatory testing requirement of textile & apparel market of China.

"The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) together with the Joint Apparel Association Forum(JAAF) and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil will be organizing the first ever Market Promotion programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September 2014 for the Sri Lankan Apparel exporters. The objective of this programme is to explore market opportunities and establish direct contacts with prospective buyers in Brazil.

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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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