Netting It All

Top air cargo equipment maker Bridport Aviation, is using its Sri Lankan production base to tie-up new markets in Asia.
Bridport already claims a third of the global market for cargo pallet nets, or 75,000 nets a year, with its old 30,000 square feet plant.
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rnIts 400 percent expansion in the Wathupitiwala Export Processing zone off Nittambuwa which was opened by US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead on Thursday, will allow it to satisfy the entire global demand for cargo restraint nets while moving into other products.rn

rnCheap labour, and Sri Lankas strong base in textiles was the key reason for originally locating the factory in the country. rn

rnStarting with pallet nets, it has progressed to tie-down straps, camouflage netting and air cargo containers. But it is now moving beyond being a simple assembly plant.rn

rnldblquote As production has grown we have added additional support capabilities on top of that. Engineering is one of that, says Keith McConnell, from Bridports Seattle office.rn


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