The Greenboro, North Carolina-based yarn manufacturer said it’s expanding the global availability of Repreve, its line of eco-friendly yarns made from recycled materials and other premier value-added (PVA) yarns through a new division in Sri Lanka.
Located in Colombo, the country’s capital city, the new expansion, called Unifi Textiles Colombo Private Limited (UTCL) is expected to begin operations by the end of the third quarter this year.
In October, the company said it would expand Repreve to Turkey and Taiwan, too.
“UTCL demonstrates our commitment to operational excellence in our global supply chain,” Unifi president Tom Caudle said. “Our global footprint for PVA products includes the Americas, China, Turkey, Taiwan and now, Sri Lanka, which means that we can supply our customers anywhere in the world in which they choose to develop a program.”
It also means lead times could be shorter.
Sri Lanka has been working to revamp its textile sector in recent years: factories are investing millions to have the latest in textile machinery, agriculture departments are working to turn bamboo and plantain into textiles, and The World Bank said in April that the country’s economic gains could be “huge” if it could upgrade its apparel sector to be more diversified, more skilled and more competitive.
“Built on high product quality and strong social and environmental standards, Sri Lanka is a compelling sourcing alternative in South Asia,” Jay Hertwig, Unifi vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development, said. “UTCL will provide Unifi with the flexibility and speed-to-market required to respond to the ever-changing needs of our customers.”