0313Unlike the conventional plastics, this is a smart card capable of carrying out multiple functions for a smooth and efficient employee welfare program. The card is an “intelligent” chip embedded protocol system that can carry out complex programs and solutions from production related processes to vehicle tracking and employee management systems in the apparel sector. Mooted in the latter part of 2013, this welfare program is endorsed by the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) with the support of the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen with the objective of providing relief and economic benefits to the entire apparel sector workforce across the country.

A sight from the B2B event held by the Sri Lanka Chamber of Garment Exporters (SLCGE) and its partner Sri Lanka Apparel Sourcing Association (SLASA) recently

Metallics, neon colours, laser cuts, sequins and leather vied for attention when Brandix, Sri Lanka’s inspiration-driven apparel manufacturer, brought the curtain down on the ‘Fashion Innovation Runway’ of the Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) with a show-stealing segment.

BUP DFT DFT-18-54Sri Lanka Design Festival’s 2014 fashion edition concluded recently with a preview into Sri Lanka’s brand-led future in fashion. Taking a giant step forward from the country’s longstanding reputation as a sustainable and technologically advanced manufacturing destination, Sri Lanka is about to cement its position as a fashion industry with its own brands. Sri Lanka Design Festival became the platform for this major step for Sri Lanka.

Coats Plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, has launched its new e-commerce service for the local apparel industry.

The launch of Coats’ eComm website took place during the Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), where Coats played a key role as the thread and zip partner. Linda Speldewinde, the Founder and Managing Director of SLDF and AOD International Design Campus, launched the service in Sri Lanka on 6 December during an exclusive event held as part of SLDF and attended by key apparel industry leaders.

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.

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SLAEA Magazine Front Cover 2Journal & Directory of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association, containing valuable information with regard to the apparel industry.
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