As 2013 apparel revenues topped $ 4.3 bn, the world's largest industrial sewing machine manufacturer is stepping up its presence in Sri Lanka and opened its second South Asian training facility in Colombo yesterday.
"The garment industry in Sri Lanka is a very important contributor to Lanka's GDP. We can support Sri Lanka to address its manpower issues, if any, in its apparel sector with our new tech innovations and latest training" said Saito Noriaki Singapore based Executive Vice President of Juki in Colombo.
Noriaki was addressing the private exhibition and seminar titled "Special Presentation on Productivity by Juki Singapore" and "Juki New Innovations on Display" held at Taj Samudra, Colombo.
"Minister Bathiudeen knows about what Juki has done in Sri Lanka. This is our second training facility in South Asia after India. Our contribution to Sri Lanka is more than 40 years. We not only supply Juki machines to Sri Lanka but even provide lots of technical support and train Lankans on productivity improvement.
Juki is the largest industrial sewing machine manufacturer in the world, operating in 160 countries. In the region we are also present in India, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the head office, in Singapore. What I observed is that in comparison to all other South and South East Asian countries, Sri Lanka garment manufacturers are very high tech-they are using high tech machines. And you have very high productivity compared to other countries. Therefore when we do training for Lankan productivity improvement, we have to conduct severe pre-training studies unlike in India, Bangladesh or Pakistan. The garment industry in Sri Lanka is a very important contributor to Lanka’s GDP. We can support Sri Lanka to address its manpower issues, if any, in its apparel sector with our new tech innovations and latest training” said Noriaki.