Sintesi Limited, a Sri Lankan intimate wear and swimwear manufacturer, has opened the A2S Technology Centre—a cutting edge research, development and production facility.
The new centre near Ranala in Western Province was formally inaugurated by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa last week.
The launch of the new facility represents a “second industrial revolution” in garment making, and further solidifies the reputation of Sri Lanka’s intimate wear manufacturing industry as a global leader of innovation, according to Sintesi’s joint managing director Antonio De Micco Padula.
Sintesi is also bridging the ancient Sri Lankan art of the handloom, as well as one of the world’s oldest fabrics, with its new-age lingerie and swimwear-making technology. And in the process, the company is hoping to provide jobs for thousands of rural women throughout Sri Lanka, in a project that moves beyond traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts by creating a real and sustainable bottom-line incentive for everyone involved.
Sintesi produces around six million garments a year for British brands Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Matalan, lingerie specialist Hunkemoller, global clothing maker H&M, and others.
In 2012, the company earned about US$ 20 million in revenues.
Since Sintesi focuses on manufacturing garments mainly from bamboo fabric, Mr. Padula sought Government’s support for encouraging farmers to change their crops, and also development of mills to produce yarn and bamboo fabric, for which there is likely to be strong demand.
He said, “It isn’t difficult to envision an entire vertically integrated bamboo fabric industry in Sri Lanka.”