As part of its ongoing expansion, leading Sri Lankan textile maker South Asia Textile Industries Lanka is to implement a new ERP solution to help improve efficiency and provide greater visibility to its manufacturing operations.

The ERP rollout in collaboration with IFS Applications is part of a group-wide investment by parent company Lanka Century Investments at its Colombo headquarters and three manufacturing sites.

The solution deployed at LCI's headquarters will support strategic decision-making and improved visibility throughout the company. It will be used by more than 200 staff across four sites, providing support for production planning, manufacturing, supply chain management, financials, HR, and business analytics.

The implementation comes three months after South Asia Textile Industries Lanka said it was investing LKR1bn (US$7.1m) in an expansion programme that will include new high-speed knitting machines from Italy's Santoni and Singapore's Unitex to enable the company to develop and produce new and innovative knitted fabrics.

High-end digital printing machines have also been imported from Stork, in Austria and Holland, and new investment has also been made in the company's state-of-the-art testing lab.

Speaking at the time, CEO Prithiv Dorai said the large-scale expansion would "facilitate extensive benefits to local apparel manufacturers in terms of speed and flexibility" and lead to "a greater availability of the latest fabric styles and colours, in keeping with international trends."

The company supplies weft knitted fabric and specialises in knitting, dyeing, finishing, printing, brushing, sueding and anti pill micro/polar fleece fabric for customers including Asda, JC Penney, Walmart, Tesco, Next, Reebok, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Levi's, DKNY and Diesel. Prior to the latest investments, it had a capacity of 700,000kg per month, according to its website.