The apparel industry, the country’s second largest foreign exchange earner is evaluating the feasibility to partly automate the manufacturing process to overcome a severe labour shortage the industry has been experiencing for some time.“One of our thrust areas is to consolidate and improve our business competitiveness, automation and technology,” the newly elected Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association Chairman Saif Jafferjee said at the association’s AGM.When queried about severe labour shortages experienced by some of the key apparel operators in the country Saif said, “That is why we will be going for automation. It’s less labour and produces more.”
by Sanath Nanayakkare
Pulling the wool over someone's eyes, usually, means to deceive someone. However, 'pulling the cotton over someone's eyes' could mean convincing someone beyond doubt about the quality of a cotton shirt manufactured in Sri Lanka. This was demonstrated at the business session of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association which was held at the JAIC Hilton on Wednesday.
The personality at the centre of this exercise was Alexander Karchava, Russia’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, who exhibited a 44-year-old Hently shirt made in Ceylon for present-day apparel exporters to see and believe.
By Sanath Nanayakkare
'The apparel industry has seen the tangible benefits of the implementation of the anti-competition bill and has returned to double-digit growth, but future growth will have to be built on our own initiatives and entrepreneurship as we lack favourable trading arrangements, tilting the playing field in favour of our competitors, Saif Jafferjee, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association said on Wednesday.
"Nevertheless, in the short term,with the current growth momentum we will be on line to achieve USD 5.0 billion by 2015, Jafferjee said.
Journal & Directory of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association, containing valuable information with regard to the apparel industry.
Issue No. 88