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.

Quantum Clothing Lanka was the sole corporate body to be recognised that day for provision of employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. 

Sri-Lankan-Apperal-inside3The apparel industry, the country’s second largest foreign exchange earner is evaluating the feasibility to partly automate the manufacturing process to overcome a severe labour shortage the industry has been experiencing for some time.“One of our thrust areas is to consolidate and improve our business competitiveness, automation and technology,” the newly elected Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association Chairman Saif Jafferjee said at the association’s AGM.When queried about severe labour shortages experienced by some of the key apparel operators in the country Saif said, “That is why we will be going for automation. It’s less labour and produces more.”

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.

  • AOD says ‘design’ is seen as a powerful value-addition for industry
  • AOD-Northumbria Convocation 2014 sees 69 qualified design graduates passing out

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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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