ECONOMYNEXT – Komar, a U.S.-based sleep and intimate apparel design, manufacturing and distribution company, has opened an innovation center at Star Garments, its newly acquired Sri Lankan unit.
US Ambassador Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe attended the inauguration of the innovation center.
“American companies bring the best and highest standards of ethics, of design, of innovation, of technology, of responsible management, and absolutely cutting edge environmental responsibility,” said Ambassador Keshap.
“We believe in what companies like Komar and Star, all of the workers here, the government and the people of Sri Lanka are trying to achieve.”
Komar acquired Star Garment Group, which operates 7 manufacturing facilities and employs a team of over 6,500 associates, in January 2016.
Komar said it plans significant investments in Sri Lanka to expand operations and drive innovation for its customers.
The company has converted an older, 90,000-square foot factory in Sri Lanka, into an ‘Innovation Center’ that features a resource library, sample room, patternmaking facilities and design capabilities.
In July last year, Komar closed on the acquisition of an 8th factory to add to the Star Garment Group portfolio.
(COLOMBO, October 23, 2017)