packaging for garments exports
By Quintus Perera
A unique system of packaging garments for exports called ‘Garment
Vacuum Packing” that provides a cost saving around 20 percent
and 35 percent volume saving has been introduced by Independent
Fashion Terminals Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (IFTL), a British-based BOI company
which has its plant at Seeduwa.
Roger Martin, Managing Director, IFTL told reporters at Seeduwa
last week that apart from the cost and volume savings, the most
important contribution the new packaging would make is to the environment
by reducing the usage of aviation fuel in this process.
the vacuum packing system the quantity sent in three plane loads
earlier, could now be sent in one plane load. He said that the further
impact on the environmental pollution could be the curtailing of
polythene use if the clients are convinced the garments could be
packed without the polythene cover. Martin said that they would
have to pursue and convince the clients in packaging without the
polythene bag and said that convincing them would not be a difficulty.
said that as specialist, low-cost centres of garment production,
remote from the points of sale, are established, manufacturers and
retailers faced many problems arising from long supply chains.
these, quality preservation has been a high priority and the technique
of vacuum packing, incorporating a gentle drying process, was developed
to combat the problem of severe transit creasing, which can only
be rectified by costly reprocessing.
said that the new technique utilizes a drying tunnel through which
the garments, on their appropriate hanger and suspended from a moving
conveyor, are passed. As the garments move through the tunnel, taking
45 minutes to one hour, a constant stream of super-dry air evaporates
the surface moisture from the fabric.
the end of the tunnel the garments, in multiple numbers dependent
upon bulk, are placed into a special plastic bag, which is compressed
and heat-sealed. The construction of the bag protects the garment
from the reintroduction of ambient moisture, which is one of the
principal causes of transit creasing.
arrival at the destination the bags are opened and the garments,
after an appropriate period of exposure to normal ambient conditions,
return to their original post-pressing state.
that element of Sri Lankan garment exports that are sent by air,
where the cost savings are high, IFTL has a capacity for around
8 million garments per annum and at full operation could employ
around 70 persons. The total investment of the facility is US $
said that once IFTL establishes itself on the vacuum packing, it
also hopes to diversify into other areas such as providing pressing
facilities and quality assurance.