British firm opens packaging plant in Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – British packaging firm Wilkins Group UK, which supplies Marks & Spencer, has opened a new 40,000 square foot factory in Sri Lanka with an investment of three million US dollars, to provide labels and packaging to the apparel industry.
The factory at Mawaramandiya, which provides employment for over 100 workers force, increases the firms Sri Lanka production capacity by 80 percent, a statement said.
It will supply offset packaging requirements to customers in Sri Lanka, Asia and Europe and will expand its operations and diversify its services to meet world demand.
“The factory will serve as one of the world’s major facilities in the production of retail packaging solutions,” said André Wilkins, Group Chairman & MD of Wilkins Group UK.
“As Sri Lanka propels its economy and gradually emerges from a three decade long conflict, setting up an investment of this nature is a testament to our confidence and commitment to Sri Lanka and the region.”
The factory will produce swing tickets, labels, collar cards, cartons, staggered packs, stickers and offset packaging requirements.
The factory uses only vegetable and soy based inks while raw materials such as carton board and paper are from sustainably managed forests and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Director of Wilkins Spence Sri Lanka Yasantha Suriyapperuma said the factory’s equipped with Heidelberg machines.
“This facility’s key strength is as a small format packaging solution unit with LEED certification,” he said.
“We manufacture for Marks & Spencer which is a testament to our attention to quality and also many other retailers and major global brands.” (Colombo/November 26 2015)
Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council