Slide A unified voice FAAMA: The Fabric & Apparel Accessory Manufacturers Association Sri Lanka Slide Envisioning the future Taking Sri Lanka to World & Bringing Generations Together Slide Taking Sri Lanka global Identifying growth and innovation opportunities to build global recognition Slide Stronger together Positioning Sri Lanka as the Preferred Destination for Fabric & Accessories Slide Driving responsibility Positioning Sri Lanka as the Preferred Destination for Fabric & Accessories

ABOUT US

Governing body of Fabric & Apparel Accessory Manufacturers

Established in 2003, the Fabric & Apparel Accessory Manufacturers Association (FAAMA) is Sri Lanka’s governing body of Fabric & Apparel Accessory Manufacturers. It is a subsidiary association of the Joint Apparel Association Forum Sri Lanka (JAAFSL).

With over 30 member companies in its fellowship, FAAMA is the unified voice of Sri Lankan fabric and apparel accessory manufacturers and helps the industry to identify opportunities and work towards improving logistics, policies, and infrastructure, enabling standardised regulation that avoids policy uncertainty within the industry, facilitating high infrastructure and trade assistance through innovation, promoting local investment and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

FAAMA encourages and supports the fabric and apparel accessory manufacturing industry to be responsible – economically, socially and environmentally. FAAMA’s overarching vision is an industry that can innovate, meet world-class standards and achieve global recognition.

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OUR TEAM

Exco Members

  • Pubudu De Silva

    Chairman | Teejay Lanka

  • Hameed Ashraff

    Vice Chairman | Fantasia Elastics

  • Ashiq Lafir

    Secretary | Noyon Lanka

  • Samal Dissanayake

    Treasurer | T&S Buttons

  • Beauno Fernando

    Executive Committee Member | Shoretoshore

  • Rohan Goonetilleke

    Executive Committee Member | Hayleys Fabrics & South Asia Textiles

  • Sanjay Chandraratne

    Executive Committee Member | A&E

  • Lloyd Fernando

    Executive Committee Member | Expo Industrial Engineering

  • Sahan Rajapakse

    Executive Committee Member | Trischel Fabrics

  • Moyne-Perera

    Executive Committee Member | STRETCHLINE Holdings Pvt Ltd

  • Dr. Austin Au

    Executive Committee Member | Ocean Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Testimonials

  • Sharad AmaleanSharad AmaleanDeputy Chairman & Co-Founder – MAS Holdings | Immediate Past Chairman – JAAF

    From ancient times, Sri Lanka has been known for its apparel industry. Over the years, the industry as well as the reputation of the country have continued to evolve and grow rapidly. When the modern era of apparel as an export industry began nearly four decades ago, Sri Lanka was a mere contract manufacturer with quotas and supply having been pre-determined by our customers. Over the years, the industry has seen many disruptions which it has used positively to evolve to the current state as a destination for total apparel solutions to wide array of customers.

    The journey so far and beyond has had a vast number of stakeholders who have ensured that the industry survived and thrived in a highly competitive global environment. In an era where verticality is considered a prerequisite, the contribution of our Fabric & Accessory manufacturers has been of immense importance to our journey as an industry. Without their presence within Sri Lanka, the Apparel industry would have faced major challenges owing to the continuous demand for agility and shorter lead times. On a national level, these organizations have contributed greatly to ensuring precious export revenue does not have to flow out of Sri Lanka.

    Whilst our verticality partners are crucial to our success, it is also important they have a united voice in order to ensure they are heard and well represented. In this regard, I must commend the work being done by FAAMA. Since inception, the Association has strived to enhance the value of the member organizations and collaborate with their partners in Apparel whilst ensuring it is a force to be reckoned with on a global scale.

    One of JAAF’s biggest efforts is to ensure that Sri Lanka moves ahead with as a global solutions hub and FAAMA has played a significant part in making this a reality. The value of our verticality partners was highlighted further during the pandemic when import restrictions were imposed and sourcing for immediate requirements had to be from within the country.

    I would like to wish the FAAMA and all its members all the very best for the journey ahead.

  • A SukumaranA SukumaranChairman, Joint Apparel Association Forum

    I wish to congratulate the incoming Chairman and Executive committee of the Fabric and Apparel Accessory Manufacturers Association. As a constituent member of the Joint Apparel Association Forum, FAAMA is an integral part of the JAAF and we look forward to supporting FAAMA in their mission to facilitate the growth and enhancement of the industry they represent.

    Backward integration and the growth of the industry supply chain in Sri Lanka are two vital elements of the JAAF strategy for the industry in its target to export US$8bn per annum by 2025 . Over the years the apparel industry’s value addition has grown to over 55% in 2020 and FAAMA and its members have played a key role in this achievement. Adding value locally saves the Country valuable foreign exchange and supports the desire of the Sri Lanka Government to make the country less reliant on imports, even if these are for reprocessing and subsequent re-export. One of the lessons of COVID-19 has been that our manufacturers and their customers are similarly keen that the industry sources more of its raw materials locally, and we at JAAF believe that FAAMA and its members will play a critical role in shaping the footprint of the apparel sector in the recovery post COVID-19.

    We applaud FAAMA for its objective of pushing for the sector to achieve world class standards and must congratulate the membership of FAAMA in the work already being done in this area. It’s encouraging to see FAAMA member companies being recognized externally for their achievements and we believe this will create a culture of continuous improvement within the FAAMA membership which will bring benefits not only to FAAMA but also to the JAAF membership and Sri Lanka as a whole.

    The mission of JAAF is to make Sri Lanka the Preferred Sourcing Destination for Apparel and FAAMA can contribute immensely in this endeavor.

    On behalf of the JAAF we wish FAAMA continued success and growth.

  • Ashroff OmarAshroff OmarCEO Brandix

    Sri Lankas entry to the global apparel industry was marked with the signing of the “multi-fibre agreement” nearly four decades ago. The exponential growth that followed paved the way for our industry to be recognised as an essential component in the expansion of the Sri Lankan economy. Providing large scale skilled employment opportunities, crucial foreign exchange earnings, and changing the way the world perceives our capability has been the focus of our industry from its inception.

    Working tirelessly behind this story of success are the body of fabric and apparel accessory manufacturers.  This vital group of manufacturers in Sri Lanka are one of the most important stakeholders of our industry. A crucial sector, driven by the latest technology and employees with specialized skill sets, are continuously exploring future potential, as most of the fabric used at present is manufactured abroad. Supporting the efforts and growth of local fabric and accessory manufacturers will create the opportunity of achieving the wider goal of being a single destination for world class capabilities in manufacturing apparel, fabric and accessories.

    I congratulate FAAMA members for the tireless work and contribution to our industry, through their efforts and vision, strengthening their presence with representation.

    I wish the members of FAAMA continued success.

Building Value

The global apparel industry has earned itself a reputation of being the second most polluting industry in the world. It is also the industry that consumes the most amount of water and is seen to contribute heavily to our global carbon footprint. We at FAAMA realise that in order to build a truly valuable supply chain it is important to focus on not just coming together to strengthen our local manufacturing base but also to create unique value by committing to being the most sustainable, collaborative and transparent manufacturing supply chain globally. We have made a pact to collaborate at FAAMA on scaling the unique innovations of FAAMA’s member entities to minimize water consumption, waste and carbon footprint and create a fully sustainable supply chain.

As much as it is our responsibility to protect our planet, it is also our responsibility to protect our people. FAAMA and its member entities strive to give back to the country that they call home. One of FAAMA’s upcoming CSR initiatives is the institution of the Coastal Clean Up Crew - a group of FAAMA members who came together to put together an islandwide beach clean up, investing Rs. 1.5m in protecting and preserving our coastlines from the ravages of pollution.

The global apparel industry has earned itself a reputation of being the second most polluting industry in the world. It is also the industry that consumes the most amount of water and is seen to contribute heavily to our global carbon footprint. We at FAAMA realise that in order to build a truly valuable supply chain it is important to focus on not just coming together to strengthen our local manufacturing base but also to create unique value by committing to being the most sustainable, collaborative and transparent manufacturing supply chain globally. We have made a pact to collaborate at FAAMA on scaling the unique innovations of FAAMA’s member entities to minimize water consumption, waste and carbon footprint and create a fully sustainable supply chain.

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