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US, Indian diplomats visit Brandix Green Plant

February 2009

Standing from Left to Right - Emily J. Hicks, Kami Witmer, AJ Johnpillai, H.E. Robert Blake Jr., Sofia Blake, H.E. Alok Prasad, Ashroff Omar, Seema Omar and Hasib Omar posing under the Green Plant's Achievements board

Months after it received the world's highest rating for eco friendly manufacture, the Brandix Green factory at Seeduwa continues to attract high profile local and international interest.

The latest visitors to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rated Brandix Casualwear factory were the diplomatic envoys of the USA and India, the former representing a major market for Sri Lankan apparel, and the latter a major producer in the region.

US Ambassador H.E. Robert Blake Jr. and Mrs. Sofia Blake were accompanied by Ms. Emily J Hicks - Vice Consul and Ms. Kami Witmer - Chief of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Colombo on this visit. In his comments in the Green Plant's visitors' book, the US Ambassador wrote "Congratulations on this impressive green facility that I hope will serve as a model for other apparel factories."

Congratulations on this impressive green facility that I hope will serve as a model for other apparel factories.US Ambassador H.E. Robert Blake Jr.

Indian High Commissioner H.E. Alok Prasad who also joined on the visit wrote: "An eye opening visit to see how much has been achieved and that "green" is possible. Very impressive - Great dedication - Congratulations."

An eye opening visit to see how much has been achieved and that "green" is possible. Very impressive - Great dedication - Congratulations.Indian High Commissioner H.E. Alok Prasad

Brandix Director AJ Johnpillai who, along with Brandix CEO Ashroff Omar, conducted the diplomats on a tour of the 130,000 square-foot facility commented: "Brandix was most pleased to host the American and Indian envoys on a visit to the Green Plant. Such visits by eminent and influential personalities serve the very important purpose of creating better awareness overseas of our commitment to environment-friendly manufacture and are beneficial to the apparel industry as a whole."

The Brandix Green Factory at Seeduwa is the first apparel manufacturing facility in the world to be rated Platinum under the LEED Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The factory which is the Group's lead manufacturing plant for Marks & Spencer, achieved a score of 76 (12 points higher than the 64 required for Platinum status) on the 85-point LEED certification system, setting a global benchmark for low energy consumption, water conservation, solid waste management and low carbon emissions. The factory has achieved a reduction of carbon emissions by 80 per cent, an energy saving of 46 per cent, a reduction of water consumption of 70 per cent and zero solid waste to landfill, eco-friendly indicators as yet unmatched by any re-designed Green Plant anywhere in the world.

The pioneer of the concept of 'total solutions' in Sri Lanka's apparel sector Brandix specializes in casual bottoms, intimate and active wear, textiles, knitted fabrics, sewing and embroidery thread, accessories and hangers, and also offers wet processing and finishing and fabric printing. Brandix is a preferred solutions provider to some of the world's leading apparel brands, including Gap, Marks & Spencer, Victoria's Secret, NEXT, Lands End, Abercrombie & Fitch and Tommy Hilfiger.

 

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