Sri Lanka exports 200 million face masks to US boosting apparel industry

Sri Lanka exports 200 million face masks to US boosting apparel industry

15 May 2020 03:53 pm

Sri Lanka apparel industry has gained land mark achievement by producing 200 million high standard face masks for export to the United States.

The face masks of Brandix Apparel Limited .have been manufactured combining the efforts of over 15,000 of the company’s Associates and an extended network of several supply chain partners in the country.

The face masks, produced as 3-ply and of cotton-based fabric with antimicrobial finish, is stretchable for better fit and meet stringent hygiene standards.   

US –Sri Lanka collaboration has resulted in quality products that can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Impressively, the fabric used for the face masks was produced in Sri Lanka, while the chemicals used for the antimicrobial finish were made in the United States, demonstrating a synergy that benefits all.

The apparel industry is a key export revenue generator in Sri Lanka, generating $5.6 billion of exports in the last fiscal year itself.

However, the unavoidable decline in trade and production output resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, has left the industry facing its toughest predicament in recent times, impacting Sri Lanka’s positioning against other apparel export markets.

In this daunting background, the production of a large volume of face masks for export to the US is truly heartening as it reaffirms the continued trust and partnership the two nations uphold, . Ranga Ranmadugala – Board Member of Brandix said.

Basil Rajapaksa, Special Representative of the President and Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, symbolically handed over the first batch of face masks from a production of 200 million face masks for export by Brandix, to U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz.

U.S Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz said “As the world combats this global pandemic, the long friendship between the United States and Sri Lanka is helping both our countries overcome this challenge.