• Reinstatement of GSP Plus Concessions for Sri Lankan Apparel by EU

    24/03/2017

    02/01/2017
    Reinstatement of GSP Plus Concessions for Sri Lankan Apparel by EU

    The good news is in. The perseverance of the incumbent government of Sri Lanka in negotiating with EU to have GSP Plus Concessions reinstated are eventually paying off. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has proposed that Sri Lanka is eligible to receive GSP Plus Concessions. Once it’s 

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  • Apparel Innovations: Manufacturing Smart Garments

    23/11/2016

    02/01/2017
    Apparel Innovations: Manufacturing Smart Garments

    Beyond doubt, the Apparel industry makes a huge contribution to Sri Lanka’s total export earnings. For the calendar year 2015 alone, Apparel export revenue amounted to a whopping US $4.9 billion. In the light of this fact, the Apparel export sector’s bold ambition to earn US $8 billion as apparel export revenue by 2020 is fairly realistic and achievable. Also, directly employing 400.000 to 600,000 people, the sector consists of some of the country’s largest employers.

    In an interview with Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD), Sri Lanka’s premier business magazine, Mr. Aroon Hirdaramani, a Director of the Hirdaramani Group, one of the country’s apparel giants observes that “…it is essential that we have a strong economic framework in place, to support the industry’s continued growth and competitiveness….”

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  • Colombo hosts 2nd edition of Intex South Asia

    17/11/2016 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Colombo hosts 2nd edition of Intex South Asia

    Intex South Asia, the only international sourcing fair in South Asia which showcases the best in yarns, fabrics (apparel and denim) and clothing accessories, is presenting a grand display at the Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) in Colombo from 16-18 November.

    It is the second edition of Intex South Asia and in anticipation of the Sri Lankan apparel industry regaining GSP+ concessions, this year’s exhibition was successful in bringing more than 150 exhibitors from Italy, Japan, South Africa, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India to Sri Lanka.

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  • Intex South Asia 2016 to showcase over 11 countries’ best of textiles

    15/11/2016 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    Intex South Asia 2016 to showcase over 11 countries’ best of textiles

    The aim of the new edition of Intex South Asia, which will take place from November 16 to 18, 2016, at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo, is to present and showcase the entire value chain by bringing together the best manufacturers of yarns, apparel fabrics, denims, clothing accessories and allied services.

    Sri Lanka will soon witness leading international buyers visiting Colombo to attend and source at Intex South Asia. Leading buyers attending the show are from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Spain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Mauritius, Iran, Australia, the USA, the UK, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa and many more.  The Sri Lankan apparel industry has also blocked its calendar to visit with its teams at this important  mega event.

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  • Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    18/10/2016 Economy Next

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    Sri Lanka's seafood exports to the European Union picked up 19.9 percent in July 2016 from a year earlier, following the lifting of a ban, and apparel exports rose 3 percent, but lower commodity prices have hit petroleum and tea.  

    Exports fell 4.4 percent to $891.2 million in July 2016 from a year earlier and imports fell 6.6 percent to $1,432 million dollars, shrinking the trade balance 10 percent to $541 million, official data showed.

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  • EDB links with three new apparel markets

    01/12/2015 News.lk

    02/01/2017
    EDB links with three new apparel markets

    EDB links with three new apparel markets

    Powered by the country’s apex exports facilitator EDB, Lankan apparel sector reported a sudden victory when it snatched a new virgin market and some premium global buyers of three other new markets.

    A visiting high powered multinational buyer team finally linked with the EDB reps and Lankan apparel giants on Nov.27 at Mt Lavinia Hotel after a three-year long resolute quest since 2012 by EDB to link with nine top global retailers.

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  • Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    30/11/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    The fourth annual Taiwan Textile Fair concluded at Grand Crystal Ballroom, Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo when. The event was organised by the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade.

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  • SL has set an ‘ambitious’ 2020 export target: State Minister Sujeewa

    16/11/2015 The Nation

    02/01/2017
    SL has set an ‘ambitious’ 2020 export target: State Minister Sujeewa

    From Left: Arindam Bagchi (Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka), Indira Malwatte (Chairperson & CEO-EDB) Sujeewa Senasinghe (State Minister of Strategic Development and International Trade) meet an exhibitor at the Intex South Asia in Colombo

    Notwithstanding the global trade decline, Sri Lanka exports sector is highly ambitious aiming for a five-fold jump of its top export of repute, apparels while China’s premium knitting sector is gearing up to partner with surging Sri Lankan apparel sector.

    “We are looking to increase total apparel exports by five-fold, to $ 20 Bn. And by 2020 we are aiming at $50Bn national exports, which is an ambitious goal,” said Sujeewa Senasinghe (State Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade) on 16 November.

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  • Sri Lankan Apparel; creating global high street fashion

    03/08/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Apparel; creating global high street fashion

    With the relaunch of Sri Lanka as an ethical source of garment manufacturing across the world, a large number of global brands are turning to the specialised knowledge of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers to deliver the best of high street fashion to the consumer across the world.

    With a specialised knowledge and improved awareness, apparel manufacturers makes nearly 90% of the apparel industry in Sri Lanka and joint ventures between local garment manufacturers and international fashion houses accounts for almost three quarters of the garment manufacturing facilities in the country.

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  • Sri Lankan Fashion designs in Global Catwalk

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Fashion designs in Global Catwalk

    As an almost one decade long attempt by Sri Lankan apparel industrialists to transform the country's garment production trade to a full pledged fashion industry matures into position, a new generation of Sri Lankan fashion designers are making an entrance into the global catwalks.

    While Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have long being producing latest of designs for leading fashion houses like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, C&A, Calvin Klein, Chantelle Group, Columbia, Gap, Gloria Vanderbilt, Intimissimi, Lands’ End, Marks & Spencer, Next, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sainsbury, The Limited, and Victoria’s Secret, a number of local fashion designers, produced by local design academies are creating their own niche in global fashion scene.

    Leading a local movement to establish a new fashion trend that embraces the Sri Lankan heritage, a group of young fashion designers are creating unique designs in high street fashion, haute couture and sports wear for local and global market.

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  • Emerging technologies in Sri Lankan Apparel Industry

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Emerging technologies in Sri Lankan Apparel Industry

    Amidst a growing competition from Asian and East Asian countries with Cyclopean trade zones dedicated to garment production, Sri Lankan fashion and Apparel manufacturers has succeeded in carving a unique niche through heightened ethical practices in labour and environment management.

    Sri Lanka's bold initiative in promoting value against volume in a highly competitive global market succeeded in earning the country an export revenue of nearly Rs. Five billion through garment exports in the last year, placing the local fashion and garment industry as the top foreign revenue earner over traditional exports like Tea, coconut and tourism.

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  • The Future in Fashion; A New Generation of Fashion Designers in Sri Lanka

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    The Future in Fashion; A New Generation of Fashion Designers in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan apparelindustry is now the country's top most foreign exchange earner and a billion dollar industry, fuelled by innovative thinking and designs of a generation of innovative young fashion designers.

    Having built itself a global reputation for environment sustainable and labour friendly practices, Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers are seeking to infuse local designs, material and fabrics in to the production of fashion apparels for global market, in an ambitious attempt to develop Sri Lanka in to an Asian fashion giant.

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  • #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    The evolution of Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturing process from the status of a mere sewing operator dependent on the textile quotas provided by USA and EU to a major Fashion hub involved with the full cycle of garment production from the design table to the shelf depended on a cleverly placed global and local initiative to change the Sri Lankan approach to garment manufacturing.

    After the discontinuation of global quota system in apparels in the year 2005, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers came up with a clever placement of Sri Lankan apparel trade as the most ethical source of garment manufacturing in the world.

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  • Dutch Lace Makers of Galle

    22/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Dutch Lace Makers of Galle

    Refined into an art at the royal courts of Portugal and developed into an industry in the annals of Dutch Galle, the delicate art of beeralu or Dutch lace making has endured the test of time over generations.

    Once an essential part of the dress of a Southern Belle, Dutch lace is making a comeback in the local fashion scene, thanks to a large number of young designers, who are seeking to add a local touch to their international designs.

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  • EDB & JAAF showcase Lankan apparels to Latin America

    12/06/2015 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    EDB & JAAF showcase Lankan apparels to Latin America

    Sri Lanka apparel delegates at BIAS 2015 show, Sao Paulo.

    As Sri Lankan annual apparel exports closed in on the crucial $5 Bn mark, South America’s largest apparel market was given a preview of Lankan fashion when the Brazil International Apparel Sourcing Show 2015 (BIAS 2015) opened in Sao Paulo on 27 May.

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  • 'Garments without Guilt' from Sri Lankan Apparel Manufacturers & Suppliers

    08/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    'Garments without Guilt' from Sri Lankan Apparel Manufacturers & Suppliers

    In a post-quota era, where competition with mass garment manufacturers is destructive to the workforce as well as to the industry, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers have reinvented themselves as environment friendly, ethical employers of labour.

    With the ending of the global quota system in apparels in the year 2005, Sri Lankan garment manufactures were faced with two extreme options. The first was to compete with global giants in mass garment manufacturing in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China and the second was to go for a less competitive yet highly risky option of re-branding themselves as eco-friendly and labour friendly producers of quality garments.

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  • CEMS-Global’s 3 intl. expos for textile and garment sector kick off

    13/03/2015

    02/01/2017
    CEMS-Global’s 3 intl. expos for textile and garment sector kick off

    CEMS-Global USA’s three comprehensive international exhibitions focused on the entire textile and garment sector of Sri Lanka – ‘6th Textech Sri Lanka 2015 International Expo,’ an international exhibition on textile garment technology and machinery,’ along with concurrent exhibitions ‘20th Dye+Chem Sri Lanka 2015 Int’l Expo,’ an int’l exhibition on dyes and fine and specialty chemicals, and ‘6th Colombo Int’l Yarn & Fabric Show 2015’ kicked off yesterday at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo. The exhibitions will run through 14 March.

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  • Sri Lanka Targets US $8.5 Billion in Apparel Exports Earnings by 2020

    10/03/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Targets US $8.5 Billion in Apparel Exports Earnings by 2020

    Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is well on its path to meet the apparel export target of US $8.5 billion by 2020. Apparel exports which bring the largest export income to the country have recorded an increase of 9.26% YoY by earning US $4.9 billion in the year of 2014. In 2013, earnings from apparel rose by 13% YoY, recording a $4.5 billion surpassing the US $4 billion target initially set by the apparel industry.

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  • EDB to host international delegation at SLDF 2014

    05/12/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB to host international delegation at SLDF 2014

    Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) 2014, which is backed by local industries and the Government, is scheduled to kick off over the next few days.

    The main objective of the festival is to promote design driven exports as a major economic sector for the country. For this reason, SLDF is supported by Sri Lanka’s apex institute for driving exports, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

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  • New dimension in Lankan fashion and apparel to debut at SLDF 2014

    02/12/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    New dimension in Lankan fashion and apparel to debut at SLDF 2014

    Sri Lanka Design Festival’s 2014 fashion edition is taking shape 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 forge its reputation as a fashion industry with its own brands. Sri Lanka Design Festival is the platform for this major step for Sri Lanka, and its sixth successful fashion edition is scheduled to unfold this week.

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