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Dilshani Samaraweera

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SRI LANKA: To benefit as India lifts apparel import quota 25 September 2012

The government of India has agreed to increase Sri Lanka's duty-free export quota for apparel by 5m pieces, more than doubling the previous allocation.

SRI LANKA: Mulls low-cost units to compete with Bangladesh 6 September 2012

Sri Lanka's apparel industry is trying to compete with neighbouring Bangladesh by setting up no-frills, low cost, apparel manufacturing units in rural parts of the country.

Timex Group's Avirate store in Colombo Sri LankaSRI LANKA: Supplier Timex launches dress label in the UK 5 September 2012

The Timex Group, one of Sri Lanka's leading export apparel manufacturers, has launched one of its own brand labels in the UK through high street department store chain BHS.

Brandix has implemented its sustainability drive across its 42 facilitiesSRI LANKA: Brandix sustainability efforts boost business 5 September 2012

Sri Lankan apparel giant Brandix Group says efforts to boost the sustainability of its operations have also given it a significant competitive advantage, contributing to bottom-line growth by cutting costs and upping sales.

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa using an iPad to launch a 3D video mapping technique at the Brandix stand at Expo 2012Sri Lankan apparel industry in optimistic mood 4 April 2012

Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturers see export demand holding up this year despite concerns about a slowing European economy, thanks to a focus on ethical manufacturing, factory investment, and the arrival of new international buyers. Dilshami Samaraweera spoke with firms showcasing their products at the recent Sri Lanka Expo 2012.

SRI LANKA: Industry to form Asian apparel hub in 2012 13 January 2012

Sri Lanka's apparel industry says it is gearing up to transform the country into an Asian apparel hub, starting this year.

Timex Group's Avirate store in the Sri Lankan capital ColomboSRI LANKA: Timex Group expands production and own-label line 21 December 2011

The Timex Group, one of Sri Lanka's top five manufacturers of apparel for export markets, has taken its own brand label into India after opening its first retail outlet in Bangalore last week.

SRI LANKA: Investors sought for shuttered garment plants 2 December 2011

The Sri Lankan government is seeking investors for a number of shuttered garment factories.

Giles Watkins, managing director, Coats Thread ExportsCoats Thread upbeat on Sri Lanka apparel prospects 30 November 2011

Coats Thread Exports, the largest domestic producer of thread for Sri Lanka's export apparel makers, says the local industry will most probably weather the economic slowdown in major western markets without too much pain.

While Sri Lanka's apparel exporters stand to benefit from the rupee's devaluation, the cost of living - including food and fuel - is set to rise.SRI LANKA: Apparel exporters to gain from rupee devaluation 29 November 2011

Sri Lanka's apparel exporters say a surprise 3% devaluation of the Sri Lankan rupee, introduced in last week's national budget for 2012, will work in the industry's favour.

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