The textile industry in Sri Lanka is thriving despite the fierce and growing competition from other Asian countries. Huge trade zones are dedicated solely for the purpose of garment production and the Sri Lankan apparel and textile industry has been incredibly successful in establishing itself as a leading apparel and fabric supplier with the use of ethical labor practices and improved environmental management.
Sri Lanka initiated the bold proposal to promote value against volume in the intensely competitive textile market and has truly succeeded in generating export revenue of approximately Rs five million to the country only through garment exports in the last year. This has placed Sri Lanka’s textile industry as the top foreign revenue generator coming ahead of other exports such as coconut, tea and tourism. Owing to the success of the textile and garment industry in Sri Lanka, the country now has the highest per capita apparel exports in Asia and looks forward to reaching the mark of Rs 8.5 billion by the year 2020 with a combination of global technologies and local resources.
Garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka have already adopted a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies in the manufacturing plants to ensure high quality finished fabrics to prominent brand houses around the world. As one of the primary fabric suppliers in Sri Lanka, Creative Textile Mills (Pvt) Ltd, uses innovative technology in the its weaving, printing and dying processes. The apparel manufacturers in the country have also been involved in producing e-textiles, smart clothing and wearable electronics for the global apparel market. In addition to this, apparel brands in Sri Lanka have also starting using environment friendly fabric treatment and colour processing ingredients, helping the country to make a statement as pioneering manufacturers of novel clothing and fashion solutions in the international textile market.
The EBD (Export Development Board of Sri Lanka) and the JAAF (Joint Apparel Association Forum) endorses the use of technology in the design and inventory management processes and product life cycle management to enhance quality and efficiency of the final product. They have also encouraged local fashion designers to combine traditional Sri Lankan designs with environmentally and economically sustainable materials in their finished products to keep up with new global trends.
EDB supports the Sri Lankan apparel industry by organizing technology upgrading initiatives and machinery sourcing to expose local garment manufacturers to the technological innovations of the world apparel industry. The apparel manufacturers in Sri Lanka exhibit a huge level of complicated manufacturing infrastructure to ensure the safety of workers and machineries.