Browns Fabric supports USD-earning apparel industry – signs BOI agreement – The Island
The Board of Investment Sri Lanka (BOI) recently signed an agreement with Browns Fabric Limited for a state of the art, modern and one of the largest knitwear manufacturing facilities in Kurunegala, North West Province. As a newly constructed fabric manufacturing facility with an investment of $52.3 million and a plan to start operations in August 2023, the Company has taken the initiative to fill a significant vacuum in supply and demand, flexibility and speed in manufacturing fabrics for to bridge the export-making garment industry in Sri Lanka.
Based on the key strategic principles of innovation, quality and acceleration, Browns Fabric is able to empower renowned fashion retailers through its multi-faceted fabric solutions and is committed to sustainability at all times. With the infusion of technologically advanced machinery, systems and LEAN design, the fully accredited and certified facility has the expertise to offer direct brands, regional centers and garment manufacturers a wealth of options.
Using the finest fibers and yarns in collaboration with regional spinning and knitting partners, the company’s production capability includes knitting, dyeing, finishing and printing as well as high quality suede mechanical finishes, brushing, pre-shrunk and special chemical finishes such as biological, antimicrobial finishes, easy care and water repellent . Located 65km from Colombo in Browns Industrial Park, Pannala, North West Province, the infrastructure covers 22.5 acres and is strategically located in close proximity to many major apparel companies and a two hour delivery radius to major industrial zones in the West and Central Provinces serve .
Browns Fabric strives to be the preferred fabric source in Sri Lanka, Asia and Africa while achieving a high nomination for major global brands in the US, Europe, UK and Asia. With this project, the company creates much-needed direct jobs and improves the livelihoods of over 800 people while supporting over 2,000 people and related businesses in the Northwest Province and surrounding areas. The project is being driven by a passionate, dynamic and energetic team with a high level of competence, bringing over two decades of experience, knowledge and skills from the textile industry and corporate sectors to achieve far-reaching goals for Browns Fabric.
As a subsidiary of Browns Group PLC, the company draws on a rich heritage spanning over 147 years and draws on a heritage spanning a century and a half.
The agreement was signed by BOI Board Member Athula Haputantri and Browns Fabric Limited Chairman Sanakan Thamotharampillai.
Browns Fabric Chairman Sanakan Thamotharampillai stated: “We are delighted to be part of an initiative that will reap benefits at all levels; Browns Fabric Limited will work consistently and diligently to develop into the leading fabric manufacturer in Sri Lanka, from targeting foreign revenue and increasing exports to boosting the local economy and providing much needed employment opportunities.
Established in 1875, Browns has grown over the years to become a household name with a reputation as strong as its years are long. Today, the renowned Browns Group is one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified conglomerates, managing a fast-growing and valuable portfolio of brands across several key industries such as automotive; power generation; agriculture and plantation; Drug; investments; shipping and manufacturing, and leisure.