MAS Holdings, Textprint, Grupo Moda Estilmar (Estilmar) and Dogi International Fabrics signed a letter of intent this week to set up a fabric printing facility in Sri Lanka.

The partnership, said MAS Holdings, will result in a modern fabric printing facility that will supply high-quality printed fabric for apparel manufacturers in Sri Lanka and the Indian sub-continent. 

The new printing facility will be located in the MAS Fabric Park in Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka, and will cater to the intimate wear, active wear and sportswear segments.

Both conventional and digital printing capabilities for synthetics, viscose, cotton and other fabrics used in swimwear, intimates, leisurewear and active wear will be available at the facility.

The four-way strategic venture, said MAS Holdings, will fill the current gap in demand for synthetic fabric printing in Sri Lanka and will also create new business opportunities in the region's high value fashion business, especially in swimwear.

"Having a world-class print route on the island, combining the industrial expertise of Textprint with the design capabilities of Estilmar, will be an extraordinary boost to the development of the MAS Fabric Park", said Sergi Domenech, group marketing director of Dogi International Fabrics.

Managing director of Textprint, Josep Espigul, said: "My visits to different companies and, above all, my discussions with Mahesh Amalean and his team, led to Textprint wanting to have a presence in the country and to help all we can in the future development of what we are sure will be one of the most important textile centres in South Asia."

By Dilshani Samaraweera.