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Omega Line to open factory in Vavuniya

Invests US $ 20 million for new plant:

Omega Line Limited will construct a garment factory investing US $ 20 million in Vavuniya.

The factory is expected to commence operations in October 2012 and will provide employment to 1,500 at full capacity.

Omega Line Limited is owned by Calzedonia Finanziaria of Luxembourg and started operations in 1999 in Sri Lanka with 30 employees in Sandalankawa.

Calzedonia has other manufacturing operations in Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria.


Minister Rishad Bathiudeen

Calzedonia's Sri Lanka operations see annual export value of over $ 300 million to Italy alone. It now employs over 3,000 to manufacture lingerie. The total investment made to-date is around US$ 45 million on two state-of- the-art factories with a total area of 265,000 sq.ft. on an extent of over 25 acres.

Omega Line exports its products to Europe under the brand names of 'Intimissimi' and 'Tezenis' while its beachwear and swimwear are under the brand name of 'Calzedonia'.

Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen who was the chief guest at the ground breaking ceremony said the setting up of the factory would pave the way for prosperity and social uplift of the people in this area".

"Omega Line has undertaken many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects to improve the quality of life through livelihood and infrastructure development. The salient amongst the projects implemented was the reconstruction of Singakkuliya Road at a cost of Rs 35 million followed by donation of 50 houses at Hambantota for those displaced by the tsunami for which Sri Lanka thanks them," Minister Bathiudeen said.

The Minister said Sri Lanka's garment industry has grown to be the largest contributor to the export revenue of the country. "At present, this industry is a US $ 3.5 billion export business, and accounts for 42 percent of the country's export earnings.

The USA and the EU are the major destinations, which account for about 70 percent of Sri Lanka's apparel exports. Sri Lanka has established herself, as a reliable supplier of quality garments, at competitive prices, and upholds ethical practices, backed by legislation.

The country is thus, being identified as a producer of "Garments without Guilt", which epitomizes the synergy between ethical brands and apparel 'Made in Sri Lanka'.

It is true that, these ethical sourcing and sustainable development practices aim at empowering women, and support their communities, through poverty alleviation, and also offering opportunities, for good education and personal growth" Minister Bathiudeen said.

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