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Brandix India Apparel City opens today
May '10
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Konijeti Rosaiah inaugurated Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC), which is located within the Andhra Pradesh Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Visakhapatnam at a grand ceremony.

BIAC is a 1000-acre, infrastructure-rich, fully serviced and environmentally compliant manufacturing park. In addition, gracing the occasion were the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Textiles: Ms. Panabaaka Lakshmi and the Hon'ble Minister of State for HRD, Government of India: Ms. D Purandeswari. The Hon'ble Minister for Mines & Geology, Handlooms & Textile, Spinning Mills: Mr. B. Srinivas Reddy, the Hon'ble Minister for Major Industries: Mr. K. Lakshmi Narayana and the Hon'ble Minister for Tribal Welfare & Remote and Interior Areas Development (R.I.A.D): Mr. P. Balaraju were also present. Other senior leaders and officials of Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India along with Mr. Ashroff Omar CEO of Brandix Group and Mr. Feroz Omar, Sector Director for BIAC and the entire Board of Directors of Brandix Lanka, the parent Group from Colombo were present.

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. K. Rosaiah on the event of the Inauguration of Brandix India Apparel City said, “Brandix India Apparel City is one of the largest textile industry-specific special economic zones in the world, and the only one of its scale and concept in South Asia. This is a special day in the history of Visakhapatnam with the opening of this SEZ in the city."

"I congratulate the Management of BIAC for developing this Park, which will drive the Industrial development of the State. BIAC, from its side has stood by its promise of providing jobs to the villagers. So far, at BIAC, the factories operating within it have provided over 5,075 jobs to the rural people mostly girls, and when the Park is occupied fully, about 60,000 jobs should be available. Government has also supported them by providing land and excellent infrastructure to allow a smooth flow in their operations.”

Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Hon'ble Minister of State for Textiles, who presided over the inaugural function complimented “the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Brandix in establishing this 'textile and apparel' Park under the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) Government of India. Out of 40 textile parks taken up by the Ministry of Textiles throughout the country, Brandix project is the largest Park,” she added.

“The Ministry has been making serious efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Indian textile industry and the Brandix India Apparel City is a shining example which would motivate similar and large scale FDI players into Indian textile industry” she added.

BIAC takes its name from Brandix Lanka, the Sri Lankan apparel conglomerate that conceptualized the Park and manages it. In the three years since it was conceptualized, the Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) has irrevocably changed the dynamics of the South Asian region as a globally significant manufacturing location for apparel, with the capacity and depth to cater to discerning international brands.

Projected to be a US$ 1.2 billion investment on completion, BIAC is located within the Andhra Pradesh Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Visakhapatnam on the eastern coast of India.

BIAC, a 1000-acre Park with full infrastructure and environmentally compliant, is designed and constructed especially to meet the discerning needs of top-notch international textile and apparel manufacturers.

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