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22nd May 2018, Sri Lanka

Teejay Lanka doubles capacity at India plant

The expansion entailed the installation of the new machinery for knitting. Teejay Lanka, a leading producer of superior quality knit fabrics will be doubling the capacity at its Indian plant, following the completion of an expansion project involving an investment of US$ 15 million, Lanka Business Online reports.

Located within the 1,000-acre Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) in Vizag, Andrapradesh, Teejay India is now capable of manufacturing up to 42 million metres of knitted fabric annually, using state-of-the-art knitting, dyeing, finishing and inspection machines.

The expansion entailed the installation of the new machinery for knitting, dyeing, finishing and inspections, as well as fully-automated Packing Machines,a Lab Dip Dispenser for Colour Service and a chemical dispensing system. These can produce 12,500 tonnes of fabric a year the company said.

The expansion has also generated additional employment opportunities for up to 276 people, the textiles manufacturer says. “We now have a remarkable new facility in India, which is one of the best in BIAC and sends a clear message that Teejay is a global company which believes in high standards of production, and is ready to take on more orders,” said the company’s Deputy CEO, Pubudu De Silva. “The decision to expand despite tough market conditions is likely to be one of the best the company has made, as it equips Teejay to tap into the broader Asian and expanding EU business.”

The formal opening of the expanded Teejay India manufacturing plant took place recently with the participation of senior management of Teejay operations in Sri Lanka and India, major shareholders Brandix and Pacific Textiles of Hong Kong and representatives of key customers.

Sri Lanka’s only multinational textiles manufacturer, Teejay supplies fabric to some renowned international brands. The company is backed by Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, Brandix Lanka which has a 33% stake, and Pacific Textiles of Hong Kong, which owns 28% of the company.

Teejay has been named among the Forbes 200 Best under a Billion in Asia and recognised as the International Textile Firm of the Year and the International Dyer and Finisher, by World Textile Institute, London. Teejay India was incorporated in 2009 as Ocean India and became part of the Teejay Group in 2015, as a fully-owned subsidiary of Teejay Lanka. It was renamed as Teejay India in 2016 with the rebranding of Teejay.

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