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April 21, 2021


The Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) is the apex body for the apparel industry ... which employs over 350,000 people across the footprint of the country. The JAAF membership covers apparel manufacturers, fabric and accessory manufacturers, buying offices and representatives of international brands and the Free Trade Zone Manufacturers Association. As part of the JAAF’s CSR activities, the association made a contribution of medical equipment to the value of Rs. 35 million to the Sri Lanka Army towards the setting up of a state-of-the-art PCR testing laboratory at the Army Hospital in Narahenpita. The donation of equipment included a high throughput automated DNA RNA Extractor and Purification System which has a robotic arm for the dispensing of fluids thereby increasing both the productivity and the integrity of the testing being done. A range of other equipment was also supplied in coordination with the Sri Lanka Army Hospital. The equipment is now all installed and operational at the new PCR laboratory of the Army Hospital. A formal handover was made to the Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva by a delegation from the JAAF.

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March 31, 2021


Leading global manufacturing company Star Garments Group (Star) recently established a state-of-the-art factory ... in Buttala in the Monaragala District, with the view of promoting inclusive growth and supporting the nation’s efforts in uplifting regional economies. This is the group’s 11th factory in Sri Lanka and will go on to provide job opportunities for over 1,000 people. The facility is equipped with modern infrastructure and technology to produce cut and sew knit clothing to some of the world’s renowned brands. It will generate over Rs. 60 million directly to the local community monthly and facilitate the country’s export revenue by contributing around $ 12 million annually. On the opening of the new factory, Komar President and CEO Charles Komar said: “This investment reaffirms our long-term commitment to Sri Lanka’s apparel industry and paves the way towards stimulating economic empowerment among rural towns and villages. “This is undoubtedly the future of the industry and we are inspired to be a part of this. We are challenging the status quo by going beyond conventional thinking to embrace a culture and philosophy where corporate responsibility including sustainability produce both thriving communities and successful enterprises.” Star has been a catalyst in the growth of Sri Lanka’s apparel sector with over four decades of experience. The world-class apparel sourcing, design and manufacturing company currently employs a team of over 8,000 people across all its factories, and has a distinctive reputation of being one of the most innovative and sustainable entities in the country. The company’s 70,000 sq. ft innovation centre was named the 2020 Merit Award Winner for Sustainability at the AIA New York’s annual Design Awards. It is the first Passive House design in Southeast Asia. Together with the Carbon Neutral certification across all its 14 facilities, Star takes great pride in being the largest carbon neutral company in Sri Lanka and the only one in the apparel sector to have all its facilities internationally certified as carbon neutral. Star Garments Group Managing Director A. Sukumaran said: “We believe the future of the apparel industry in Sri Lanka lies in establishing purpose-driven infrastructure within communities, be it towns or villages, breaking away from the traditional norm of being based in industrial parks. This will spur inclusive economic growth which is highly beneficial to the country in many aspects. Our Star factory at Buttala reflects our intention and passion in this regard.” Star is a Komar company, a global apparel products company, specialising in the design, marketing, sourcing and distribution of sleepwear, loungewear, intimates, and layering products. Established in 1908, Komar today manages a diverse portfolio consisting over 100 owned, licensed and private label brands.

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March 31, 2021


Ocean Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest weft knitted fabric manufacturer, won the Merit Award in the ... ‘Manufacturing – Extra Large’ category at the Achiever Awards 2020 presented by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI). Managing Director of Ocean Lanka, Dr. Austin Au, accepted the award on behalf of the company at the awards ceremony presided over by Minister of Industries and Supply Chain Management Honorable Wimal Weerawansa. Commenting on this accolade, Dr. Au said, “Ocean Lanka is honoured to be a Merit Award Winner in the Extra Large category comprising of the most prominent and established manufacturing entities in Sri Lanka. This award is a testimonial of the corporate culture that all of us at Ocean Lanka embrace, believe in, and live every day. We have cultivated an environment where our employees enjoy a common thread of strong communication, transparency, respect and trust – while embracing a growth mindset.” In conferring the award, CNCI acknowledged Ocean Lanka for its outstanding performance in the avenues of net turnover, value addition, productivity improvement, industrial relations & employee welfare, Research & Development, quality assurance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Occupational Health & Safety. The Achiever Awards are CNCI’s highest recognition of Industrial Excellence and the most looked forward to event in the business calendar in Sri Lanka.

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April 27, 2021

Ocean Lanka Revolutionises Sustainable Delivery with ‘Ocean Aqua+’ Dyeing System

Ocean Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest weft knitted fabric manufacturer, successfully implements ‘Ocean Aqua+’ ... Ocean Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest weft knitted fabric manufacturer, successfully implements ‘Ocean Aqua+’, a new indigenous dyeing system that revolutionises the fabric dyeing process, while helping to preserve the environment with a low level of demand on resources. The latest innovation, which is the brainchild of Ocean Lanka’s Dyeing and Colour Lab teams, has already had a significant impact on increasing the capacity utilisation and overall productivity. Commenting on the game-changing technology, Managing Director of Ocean Lanka, Dr. Austin Au said, “There were times during the dry season, where we had to deploy water bowsers to carry out production in our dyeing plant. After evaluating our water consumption, we understood that the actual performance of multistage washing operations depends on the chemical system and optimising the washing process could conserve significant amounts of water and energy. This gave us a new impetus to kick-start the ‘Ocean Aqua+’ project in 2019. I’m overjoyed that the tireless efforts of our staff have finally borne fruit in the form of an eco-friendly and cost-saving dyeing process, especially for deep and vibrant coloured fabrics (e.g. black & scarlet red).” The ‘Ocean Aqua+’ dyeing system shortens the fabric-dyeing phase, accelerating the process time by more than 30 percent. At the same time, it reduces energy consumption by 20 percent and the water requirement by 50 to 60 percent. By conserving water at the earliest stage, the traditional process of manufacturing textiles remains the same, as opposed to significant investment and cost for water free dyeing technology. Senior Manager Dyeing & Finishing, Sadun Nalaka added, “As a responsible corporate citizen, we believe that reducing water consumption in textile processing is important for furthering pollution prevention efforts, due in part because excess water use dilutes pollutants and adds to the effluent load. On the other hand, reducing wastewater also mitigates the need for expensive waste treatment systems.”

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