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Sri Lanka apparel makers see delays following floods 5 Jun 2017

Just days since floods and landslides ravaged parts of Sri Lanka, the country's apparel manufacturers are warning they may need more time to honour current orders. But they are also confident the sector will recover so that 2017 exports are not seriously affected.


Sri Lanka clothing exports set for further growth 23 Oct 2015

The Sri Lankan clothing industry has built up a good reputation for quality and delivery among buyers in the markets of developed countries and has the potential to capitalise further on its inherent strengths, according to a new report.


Sri Lanka sets sights on game-changing solutions 19 Mar 2014

Already well-known for its apparel industry innovation - establishing the world's first 'green garment factories, emphasising its ethical 'Garments without Guilt' production, and pioneering in-factory approval on colour and fit - Sri Lanka is now setting its sights on driving new game-changing solutions for the apparel and textile sectors.


Sri Lanka and China trade talks spark intense debate 18 Oct 2013

The much publicised talks to strike a free trade agreement (FTA) between the world's largest clothing and textile exporter, China, and upcoming niche outsourcer Sri Lanka, is sparking intense debate about its potential impact.


Sri Lanka inches closer to 'regional hub' dream 15 Oct 2013

An international clothing and textile conference has heard how the growing retail market in the Asia-Pacific region may enable emerging economies such as Sri Lanka to realise ambitious dreams to become regional production hubs.

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Industry-wide audit framework launches in Sri Lanka 8 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka has been selected for the official global rollout of the Social and Labour Convergence project – an initiative that aims to change the way apparel and footwear manufacturers are evaluated by their customers and address the challenge of audit fatigue.


Sri Lanka 9-month apparel exports bolstered by US demand 30 Oct 2018

Sri Lanka's apparel exports were up by more than 5% in the first nine months of the year, new figures show, boosted by growth in demand from their largest markets – the US and Europe.


Weak demand weighs on Sri Lanka July garment exports 23 Oct 2018

Sri Lanka's garment and textile exports fell during July on the back of lower demand from the US and Canada, according to official data from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, but saw growth of nearly 5% year-to-date.


Sri Lanka cuts fabric VAT to support apparel industry 24 Sep 2018

The Sri Lankan Government is slashing the rate of Value Added Tax on fabric imports from 15% to 5% in a bid to help the apparel industry, in particular, small-scale exporters.


MAS Holdings awarded for "export excellence" 19 Sep 2018

Sri Lankan apparel and fabric manufacturing giant MAS Holdings has been recognised as Exporting Conglomerate of the Year thanks to its work towards positioning the country as an ethical and sustainable sourcing destination.


Sri Lanka's northern garment factories get investment 10 Sep 2018

Sri Lanka's Board of Investment has announced an LKR8m (USD49,265) boost for apparel manufacturers in the northern region of the country.


Hirdaramani signs off first phase of solar panel project 22 Aug 2018

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant Hirdaramani Group has completed the first stage of a long-term solar panel project in a move that marks the largest rooftop solar installation in the country's apparel sector.


Sri Lanka apparel training body to expand regional reach 22 Aug 2018

The Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (SLITA), the country's leading apparel training body, is planning to expand its services to other markets across South Asia.


MAS's Twinery calls for new textile innovations 27 Jul 2018

Twinery, the innovation arm of Sri Lankan apparel and fabric manufacturing conglomerate MAS Holdings, is looking for partners to create what it calls the "textile technologies of tomorrow".


Hirdaramani Group takes steps to save Sri Lanka rainforest 5 Jul 2018

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant Hirdaramani Group is partnering with US outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia on a project to conserve Sri Lanka's last remaining rainforests.

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Who won the 2015 World Textile Awards? 12 May 2016

Textured Jersey Lanka has again been recognised at the World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute, being named ‘Dyer & Finisher of the Year’ for the second year running.


Sri Lankan company wins firm of the year 24 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Textured Jersey Lanka Plc, which has won top prize in the inaugural World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute.