Sri Lankan fabric maker to double production

March 14, 2008 (LBO) – Fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL) has started operations at its expanded facility in Sri Lanka and says it aims to double capacity in the next two years. Local manufacturers making up the fabric for export include MAS, Brandix, Martins, Hirdaramani and Omega Line. The company, a joint collaboration between Pacific Textiles Hong Kong, a knitwear manufacturer, and Brandix Lanka, one of Sri Lanka’s leading apparel makers, makes weft knitted (a highly elastic and drape-able) fabric and dyed fabric.

“We remain very bullish with this expansion and aim to double the capacity in the next two years, managing director of Brandix Lanka Ashroff Omar was quoted as saying in a company statement.

Textured Jersey Lanka was established to serve the large and expanding Sri Lankan apparel industry.

“Overseas customers were exerting pressure on Sri Lanka to reduce its lead times, improve flexibility and invest locally in the downstream supply chain,” Omar said.

“Today, everyone wants innovation, flexibility and speed at an affordable price.”

Chairman of TJL and Pacific Textiles Hong Kong Bill Lam said that having begun as a small commercial op