Sri Lanka’s Hela Clothing plans Africa expansion after Ethiopia success

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka based Hela Clothing said a factory set up in Ethiopia with 800 workers had become the most efficient in the country, and the group was eyeing an expansion in Africa to 8,000 worker.

The factory in Ethiopia set up in June 2017 with 800 workers, had produced a million pieces of apparel with 70,000 production hours making in the most efficient in the country, the firm said.

"Following this success, we are looking at increasing our investment in the region and raising our workforce to 2,000 people," Hela Clothing Group Board Director Dominic McVey, said.

"We truly believe in Africa as the driver for growth in apparel solutions, we are committed to continue investing and expanding in the region.

"We are the largest intimates apparel exporter in East Africa and aim to have a workforce of 8,000 people by the end of the year through our plants in Kenya and Ethiopia."

Hela Clothing is chaired by Dian Gomes, a former senior executive of Sri Lanka’s MAS group.

Hela Clothing says it has 12 factories in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mexico employing 15,000 workers. (Colombo/Jan22/2018)

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