Sri Lankan based clothing company to expand operations in Africa
Sri Lanka based Hela Clothing has reportedly said a factory set up in Ethiopia with 800 workers had become the most efficient in the country and that the group is now looking at an expansion in Africa to 8,000 worker.
The company has been quoted as saying in the media that the factory in Ethiopia set up in June 2017 with 800 workers, had produced a million pieces of apparel with 70,000 production hours making in the most efficient in the country.
“Following this success, we are looking at increasing our investment in the region and raising our workforce to 2,000 people,” Hela Clothing Group Board Director Dominic McVey has said.
“We truly believe in Africa as the driver for growth in apparel solutions, we are committed to continue investing and expanding in the region.
“We are the largest intimates apparel exporter in East Africa and aim to have a workforce of 8,000 people by the end of the year through our plants in Kenya and Ethiopia.”
Hela Clothing is chaired by Dian Gomes, a former senior executive of Sri Lanka’s MAS group.
Hela Clothing reportedly has 12 factories in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mexico employing 15,000 workers.
The success of story of Sri Lanka based Hela Clothing is an encouraging sign for other apparel manufacturers as well as investors looking at investing in the country’s apparel sector. The story of Hela Clothing indicates that Sri Lanka has the required potential to help businesses reach global standards.
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