Sri Lankan garment maker Brandix Lanka has taken full ownership of Comfortwear, a joint venture between Brandix and Lanka Equities.

Brandix also said it launched a new manufacturing cluster, Brandix Lingerie, earlier this month to produce high end, specialty bras and complementary bra-coordinates such as briefs.

The company has invested in new machinery to strengthen its capability in specialty lingerie, and will look to target high street labels such as Marks & Spencer, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret.

“We currently produce around 5m bras annually and an equal amount of coordinates. We are looking at expanding by 20%-30% year on year,” said Rajiv Malalasekera, CEO of Brandix Lingerie.

The Brandix lingerie cluster has three bra-coordinates manufacturing facilities in the Wathupitiwala Export Processing Zone in Nittambuwa, while it has also invested in a joint venture for the manufacture of bras at the Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) in Andhra Pradesh.

“Specialty lingerie, particularly core and fashion bras, is a category with tremendous potential and the Brandix Group is making a substantial commitment through financial investment and recruitment of technical competencies to integrate this segment into its portfolio,” said Brandix Lingerie director Dave Ranasinghe.

Brandix Lingerie says it will work closely with its UK-based design partner in supplying fashion lingerie for Marks & Spencer.