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Hela Apparel Holdings Formally Begins Operations in Egypt

Following the conclusion of its successful listing on the Colombo Stock Exchange, Hela Apparel Holdings has expanded its global footprint by formally commencing operations at its latest factory in Egypt recently. 

The much-awaited expansion will enable the company to provide an attractive nearshore manufacturing offering, strengthening the organization’s focus on providing the world’s leading apparel brands with innovative and sustainable supply chain solutions, company officials said. 

The 275,000 square foot manufacturing facility is situated in the Alexandria Governorate, an area with a well-established skill base in apparel manufacturing that also hosts one of Egypt’s largest ports. 

The facility is equipped to accommodate up to 2,500 workers during a single shift, with the potential for significant further expansion. With this new addition, Hela has increased its global footprint to 12 directly-operated manufacturing facilities, reaffirming its position as one of the leading apparel manufacturers in Africa.

Commenting on the expansion, Sanath Amaratunga, CEO of Hela Kidswear said, “they have had an extremely positive response from both existing and a range of new customers on expansion into Egypt. 

It offers an immediate solution to the growing demand for speed in apparel sourcing. The well-established skill base and integrated supply chain in Egypt allow the sri Lankan company  to offer a range of product types at competitive rates. 

Egypt offers a range of advantages for apparel manufacturing – most notably its geographic proximity to major markets, with shipping times as little as 3 days to Europe and 12 days to North America. 

This addresses the increasing demand for speed and nearshoring solutions from global apparel brands, which has become more pressing as a result of the logistics disruptions caused by the pandemic. 

Egypt also has a well-established textile supply chain, which drastically reduces the need to ship raw materials from Asia, bringing down lead times further, as well the overall environmental impact of production, which is another key benefit for apparel brands. 

In addition, Hela’s foray into Egypt will allow indefinite duty-free access to both the EU and UK market, through Egypt’s bilateral free trade agreements – as well as to the US via the Qualifying Industrial Zone initiative.

Hela Apparel Holdings is a social capital-focused company built on a culture of inclusivity, equality, and sustainability with a strong focus on strategic partnerships with long-standing customers, providing responsive and dynamic end-to-end supply chain solutions to global apparel brands. 

The company is a leader in ethical and sustainable apparel manufacturing, having received numerous global accolades in this regard and recently becoming a signatory to the UN Global Compact. 

Through its global expansion initiatives, the company has also emerged as a leader in Africa’s apparel manufacturing revolution. 

The Group provides manufacturing solutions to some of the world’s top luxury apparel brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and VF Corp, through its 12 manufacturing facilities located in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

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