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MAS-Nike to set up Apparel Innovation and Training Centre
Sep '09
MAS Active, a subsidiary of MAS Holdings, announced a partnership with NIKE, Inc. to launch the Apparel Innovation and Training Centre at the MAS Fabric Park, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka.

MAS Holdings, an innovation focused company is the region's largest suppliers of intimate apparel and sports/active wear. Operating in five countries with over 44,000 people, it is a vertically integrated design-to-delivery solution provider working in partnership with global brands such as Victoria's Secret, Speedo, Marks & Spencer, and NIKE, Inc., the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

Following on the success of the Nike Innovation and Training Centre for footwear in Vietnam, Nike has chosen to partner with MAS Active, MAS Holdings' Sports & Active Wear Division to set up its global Apparel Innovation and Training Centre in Thulhiriya, Sri-Lanka.

“The new Apparel Innovation and Training Centre provides a standardized foundation of training and education to create industry leadership in lean manufacturing, innovation, and continued learning that elevates the quality and craftsmanship of Nike product,” said Mr. Dipayan Dasgupta, Nike Global Apparel Manufacturing Director. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with strategic suppliers, like MAS Active, who show a deep understanding of the positive impact of training and workforce empowerment and working towards reducing manufacturing waste, among other qualities.”

The new facility is housed within a dedicated section of the MAS Institute for Management and Technology, located in the MAS Fabric Park. The facility is managed and operated by Nike and will be the location for skills development and other classroom training. The centre will be dedicated for the training of Nike employees, and members of their key manufacturing partners. The new facility will offer 12-week Core Lean Programs that provide sessions on theory and practical hands-on-experience in driving process innovations, conducted by expert faculty from the USA and South Asia.

This initiative involves a new Training Centre and a manufacturing unit. To facilitate and support the Nike facility, MAS Active is also launching an apparel manufacturing facility – the Linea AITC – which will be dedicated solely to Nike. In addition to normal production, Linea AITC will function as a “laboratory,” where students attending the centre will have the opportunity to experiment and trial the innovations and process improvements developed during their course. The apparel facility will provide employment to over two hundred people, and will be MAS's 27th manufacturing facility in Sri-Lanka, and their fourth to be based within the MAS Fabric Park at Thulhiriya.

Speaking at the opening, MAS Holdings Chairman, Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean said, “Graduates of the new facility will reshape the apparel industry, and we are proud to be a partner in that transformative process.”

Shirendra Lawrence, Managing Director MAS Active, added “Our partnership with Nike has been an exciting journey for us, and we are thrilled to support them in setting up the new facility. We are also excited to be opening a brand new manufacturing facility which will work closely with the Training Centre.”

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