Sri Lanka has a good sustainable track record and strong stories to back it
Despite unavailability of raw materials domestically, Sri Lankan apparel industry has been performing well, backed by high quality manufacturing. Fibre2Fashion spoke to few companies in the island nation to find out how they have succeeded.
Sri Lanka couldn't effectively compete on pricing, which other countries in Asia did better like Bangladesh. The infrastructure cost in Sri Lanka is comparatively high. After the quota system ended some companies moved to other countries and some Sri Lankan producers started focusing on high quality manufacturing and it became their competitive edge. It was a shift of focus and it's still maintained. In addition, Sri Lanka also has a good sustainable track record and strong stories to back it.
The level of maturity of the Sri Lankan management at top and mid-level makes an impact on the product quality and process. When products out of the tolerance are found, the garments are not shipped out even though the profit is less. Therefore, the buyers are assured of the quality.
Sri Lanka has skilled labourers because most of the students go for further study in garment institutes after completing 12th standard.
Yes, very true. It is because we have a better education system and various other factors including quality health care, clear/greener country as well.
Published on: 01/11/2018
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