Lingerie packaging ace sets up £2m factory

A British lingerie packaging firm is investing more than $3m (£2m) into a state-of-the-art factory in Sri Lanka as part of efforts to expand its offshore manufacturing capabilities.

The Wilkins Group, which is based in Nottingham, acquired the land two years ago, and commenced work on the two-acre site at the back end of last year. The site is now ready for operation and will officially open its doors on October 23.

It will be geared up for the apparel industry and produce swing tickets, labels, collar cards, men’s boxer short packs, staggered packs and boxes for bras, plus numerous other packaging products.

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The Wilkins Group has been present in Sri Lanka for the past 15 years, where it has developed a team experienced in the garment and general packaging sector. However, up to now the operation has been run from a rented facility in Colombo.

“Having emerged from a three decade-long conflict, Sri Lanka is now experiencing a massive resurgence in economic activity on all fronts,” said chairman and managing director, André Wilkins.
“As major infrastructure projects are put into place, the country is posed to welcome new investors to take economic activity to the next level. This building will house state-of-the-art machinery to produce innovative retail-packaging solutions.”

The expansion is the latest success story for The Wilkins Group, which has been trading for more than 50 years and turned over £33m last year.

It first set foot in Sir Lanka in 1999 at a time when many textile and textile packaging firms were relocating to the country.

The new 40,000 square foot factory has been built on the principles of green architecture, adhering to the Green Building Council Standards for LEED certification.

Wilkins added that the investment is recognition of the need for the garment industry to have access to packaging that is “well-controlled and made to a high quality”.



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