The cutting section at the existing Brandix Casualwear (BCW) factory in Bangladesh

The cutting section at the existing Brandix Casualwear (BCW) factory in Bangladesh

Sri Lankan apparel giant Brandix is expanding its presence in Bangladesh with a US$14m investment that offers new capacity for woven bottoms and new sourcing options to customers, the company has told just-style.  

The new facility at the Comilla Export Processing Zone is part of an agreement inked with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority, and will eventually see Brandix acquire nine more plots there.

"This step was taken in order to further expand our woven bottoms business and also to provide a multi-country offering to our customers in Europe and the USA," explains Ajit Johnpillai, managing director of Brandix Apparel Bangladesh Limited.

On completion it will employ approximately 2,400 workers, and manufacture products for the likes of Gap, M&S, H&M, Banana Republic and Sainsbury's, he says.

Brandix already has 34 manufacturing facilities, mostly in Sri Lanka and India, and has operated a thread making plant in Bangladesh since October 2004 under its sister company A&E Lanka.

There is also an apparel factory which has been in operation in the BEPZA for around six months. This $15m investment has a workforce of around 2,200, consisting of Bangladeshi nationals as well as Sri Lankan expats, with plans in the pipeline to expand the workforce here to about 2,600 by the end of this year, Johnpillai says.

Brandix claims to be Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter, and specialises in casual bottoms, underwear, lounge and sleepwear, bras, textiles, knitted and woven fabrics, sewing and embroidery thread, accessories and hangers. It also offers wet processing, finishing and fabric printing.