SL’s apparel sector heading for major labour shortage – DMS Group Head


By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Sri Lanka's apparel sector is heading for a major crisis due to an acute labour shortage, which needs to be addressed by using latest technology, DMS Group Head Ruwan Rathnathunga said.

"The apparel sector is a high labour intensified sector and the current labour shortage will be a challenge for the sector with the GSP Plus trade arrangement coming into effect, Rathnathunga said at an event that was held to launch the latest sewing machines for the local apparel industry by a leading Chinese company.

The presentation took place at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo last week A large number of CEOs, General Managers and decision-makers in the apparel industry were present at the event.

He said with the GSP Plus trade arrangement Sri Lanka has a great potential to export apparel to EU countries duty free but the skill labour shortage would hamper the opportunity to tap that lucrative market.

"As a leading supplier of  garment technology equipment in Sri Lanka with a history of over three decades, we are very happy to create another milestone in our industry by introducing a global leader in the garment technology industry to Sri Lanka at an exciting time in the apparel industry when Sri Lanka is facing new challenges in the global environment with the regaining of GSP Plus, he said

The State Of The Art system was introduced to Sri Lanka by Hikari (Shanghai) Precise Machinery Science & Technology Co.Ltd. This is one of the world's largest manufacturing and research centers of industrial sewing machine.

Hikari is one of the earliest Chinese enterprises to research and manufacture high-end computerized industrial sewing machines. Hikari focuses on high-end technology, being the creator and the leader of the global computerized overlock machines.

The partnership with Hikari was established by DMS Garment Technology (Pvt) Ltd. DMS GT is a member of the DMS Group. It was formed in 1995 to cater to the market demand for garment technology equipment in the fast growing apparel industry in Sri Lanka.

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