'Lumiere Textiles delivers fabric even before official opening'
Lumiere Textiles Limited, a US $ 15 million BOI (Board of Investment)
approved investment for the production of knitted fabric in Sri Lanka,
successfully commenced delivering fabric to its first set of customer
orders in November last year.
A Lumiere Textiles facility
The garments made out of this fabric would reach the stores of a
world renowned retailer soon. The 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane, 135 GSM
Single Jersey fabric delivered, had been one of the most needed fabric
in Sri Lanka, used for the production of intimate garments. What had
been special about this delivery is that it also included printed
fabric. Incidentally, Lumiere became the first Textile Mill in the
country to be equipped with the rotary printing capability from the
commencement of operations. It was a tough and challenging task for the
start-up company to come into commercial production within one and half
years of signing the agreement with the BOI.
Lumiere Textiles has come into production at a time when the Sri
Lankan government had given special attention to the industry which is
not surprising, since around 40% of the export revenue of the country is
generated through garment exports.
Bandula Weerasinghe, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the
company, said that Lumiere had an immediate production capacity to
produce 10,000kg (around 40,000m) of knitted fabric a day. This capacity
would be increased to 20,000kg (around 80,000m) a day by purchasing
further state-of- the-machinery during the coming six months."
"The infrastructure in place would enable Lumiere to increase its
production capacity upto 40,000kg a day, within the next two years.
Presently, it manufactures cotton and cotton blends with value addition.
Viscose and viscose blends would be added to its product portfolio
within the next two months."
The company was buoyant that many customers have already placed
orders while others are looking forward to place their first order with
Lumiere even before the official opening of the mill.
Lumiere's official opening will be held in May, when the entire
building is completed in construction. Meanwhile the company would be
producing knitted fabric at its current capacity of 10,000kg a day.
Lumiere Textiles would bring in a whole lot of amazing and exciting
new possibilities to the entire industry. The company, with a capable
and experienced management team, will no doubt achieve what many thought
was impossible, changing the paradigms of fabric industry.