Sri Lanka’s textile and garment sector is small with only about 800 garment factories compared to Bangladesh where there are around 9,000 factories. “Hence we are not expecting thousands of exhibitors,” said S.S. Sarwar, Group Director – Global Operations, CEMS-Global, speaking at the launch this week on the second Textech Exhibition on textile and garments to be held from March 3 to 5 in Colombo.
It is organized by CEMS-Sri Lanka, part of CEMS-Global, United States.
Mr Sarwar said that they are a multinational exhibition organizer which launched their operations only last year in Sri Lanka, holding the first Textech with great success. Almost all the exhibitors will be represented by foreign companies and they are coming here because there is a lot of potential.
He said that Textech Sri Lanka 2011 is a three in one exhibition where there would be three parallel exhibitions – Textile Garment Technology and Machinery; Dye+Chem Sri Lanka 2011 on dyes and speciality chemicals and Yarn and Fabric Show 2011. Last year, CEMS-Global launched its most important International Trade Exhibitions for the trade and industry of Sri Lanka with a vision to further expand into the Sri Lankan industrial sector, bringing most reputed international manufacturers and supplirs through its exhibitions to Sri Lanka. The Textech, DyeChem and Yarn & Fabric are CEMS-Global’s International series of Exhibitions which are held in the same name in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
He said that keeping in mind the potential of this sector and to further boost the exports, CEMS-Global has been organizing the Textech series of Exhibitions since 12 years and brought this internationally-branded exhibition to Sri Lanka last year as there is a need for such exhibition in Sri Lanka.
These shows display the latest technology that the country can obtain to update within the quality of the competitors in the world market.