British retail giant Marks & Spencer plc (M&S) and MAS Intimates launched the world’s first Carbon Neutral Lingerie Range, taking another step towards sustainable apparel production. This project is part of M&S’ sustainability initiative, Plan A, launched in 2007 aiming to become the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015. The range is manufactured at MAS Intimates Thurulie, the eco-manufacturing plant of MAS Intimates which supplies lingerie exclusively to M&S.
 on April 14th 2011.

Marks & Spencer has made ‘going green’ even easier as it has launched the high street’s first ever carbon neutral bra, manufactured at the M&S eco-model factory in Thurulie, Sri Lanka.

Part of the new Autograph Leaves lingerie collection, the retail chain has calculated the footprint of the entire range, which includes four styles of bra, three knickers and a set of suspenders.

BOI keen on finalising projects before 31 March; makes strong progress on backlogged projects; investors positive on speedy implementation bringing billions north
By Uditha Jayasinghe

Billions of investment from the apparel industry looking to set up shop in the north are being galvanised as the Board of Investment (BOI) scrambles to clear projects before new legislation for restructuring is finalised at the end of the month.

Top apparel exporter Brandix Lanka Limited has been awarded a Gold rating for the second consecutive year in the 2011 edition of the coveted 'Sting Corporate Accountability Index' released by the Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD) magazine in association with Sting Consultants. Brandix has obtained the 10th overall position among 74 entities in the index securing 69.75 points. It is the highest ranked company representing the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles sector, which the Index rates as one of the six 'above average' sectors for Corporate Accountability.

1857From among the local designers there will be close to ten fresh new designers with their authentic Sri Lankan collections. Nadya Iqbal, Dimuthu, Sonali, Indie, Upeksha and Kasuni and are a few of the new local designers who will be showcasing their collections for the first time this year.

In addition the regulars to look out for are; Yolande, Darshi, FH Studio, Fahad Sheriff, Asanga, Sarani and Kanchana.

lead-brandix-blood-donation---jan-2011-final-emailThe Brandix Group has been felicitated with a Token of Appreciation by the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) for supporting the institution by organising a series of blood donation campaigns in various areas of the country.

Brandix’s 2010 blood donation programme conducted in October and November, resulted in donations by 2,000 associates and was the largest programme by a single entity in the year, the NBTS said. The Group’s contribution in 2010 exceeded that of its previous year by nearly 600 pints.

JAAF says Government endorses apparel industry initiatives through new development policy framework

3037Sri Lanka’s apparel industry said yesterday that it would be launching an industry growth drive in 2011 and an awareness campaign to increase apparel export incomes to US$ 5 billion in 2015. “Sri Lanka’s apparel industry continues to manufacture world-renowned quality apparels for global brands. It has always adhered to ethical practices and environment standards. The industry has huge potential to become a US$ 5 billion industry. Towards this, further facilities will be arranged to promote entrepôt trade involving imports, processing and re-exports as well as transhipment business in apparel clothing. Incentives have been given to promote textile, apparel and leather product related high value added activities. As such, machinery and equipment to manufacture textile, leather, footwear and bags will be exempted from import duties and VAT,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Budget speech in November 2010.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as part of his visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday visited Brandix Lanka – the largest exporter of apparel in Sri Lanka engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing end-to-end apparel solutions for global fashion superbrands.   The company specialises in casuals and active wear, woven and knitted fabrics and a host of apparel industry accessories

Sri Lanka’s status as a significant player in the global apparel industry was acknowledged when the CEO of Brandix, Ashroff Omar, was invited to deliver a keynote address at the Centenary World Conference of The Textile Institute held recently in Manchester. Mr. Omar explored the topic ‘manufacturing on the global stage,’ making his presentation to an august assembly comprising of world renowned corporate leaders, academics and researchers.

Exemplary Green Apparel Factory is a global model

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has commended the Brandix Group’s Platinum-rated Green Apparel Factory at Seeduwa as an example of sustainable production to manufacturers across industries and geographical boundaries.The endorsement came from no less a personage than the global head of the organization,  UNIDO Director General Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, who toured the state-of-the-art facility in the company of senior officials from Brandix and UNIDO last Friday. He was in Sri Lanka to deliver the keynote address at the 9th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

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