On 5 December 2022, Hirdaramani Group, which is a pioneer of the Sri Lankan apparel industry, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of its oldest and largest manufacturing facilities – Hirdaramani Industries Kuruwita.

Founded on 26 November 1992, this facility has continuously undergone technological, product and environmental evolution to provide world-class apparel for leading international brands.

The LEED certified manufacturing facility has been recognised for its commitment to upholding international standards and is certified by leading global bodies including US Fair Trade, Higg Index and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).

“Our three decade journey is a testament to the Hirdaramani Group’s ability to remain agile and constantly innovate to keep up with the changing times. We are thankful to our employees, who are our greatest asset, as well as our customers and brands who have supported us over the years,” says Director of Hirdaramani Group Aroon Hirdaramani.

The manufacturing facility, which began with 485 employees, is now the largest employer in the Ratnapura district, providing 3,000 jobs and supporting the livelihoods of many.

Furthermore, the company is continuously engaged in CSR projects to uplift the community. These projects include notable initiatives such as donating medical equipment and medicines to the Erathna and Ratnapura Hospitals amidst shortages, contributing to sports and welfare activities of schools in the area and self-employment development programmes at the Kuruwita Prison.

As part of the group-wide commitment through its Future First Sustainability Roadmap 2025 that’s guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Hirdaramani Industries Kuruwita’s efforts in going green have gone beyond its facility with the launch of several sustainability and biodiversity projects over the years.

Some of these efforts include partnering with the Central Environmental Authority and SLTMobitel in planting 10,000 trees, conducting awareness campaigns in schools on environmental sustainability, introducing rainwater harvesting and allocating space for solar panels to generate 1.25 MW of electricity.

Additionally, as part of marking 30 years in the apparel industry, Hirdaramani Industries Kuruwita launched a programme to drive a culture of change within the organisation by conceptualising ‘Team 50,’ which is a group of cross-functional teams appointed to spearhead 10 projects that will drive performance management, 5S and problem solving skills.

The manufacturing facility aims to become the best place to work under a five-year strategic plan that’s expected to launch in 2023 in collaboration with True North Consultancy.

“While this is one of the longest operating facilities of Hirdaramani, we will continue to invest in expanding technology, manufacturing processes and innovation in the future. This is possible only because of the unwavering commitment and loyalty of our workforce,” observes Director and CEO of Hirdaramani Industries Theodore Gunasekara.

About the Hirdaramani Group

As a pioneer of the Sri Lankan apparel industry, we brighten the world of fashion with new ways to succeed. At Hirdaramani, we don’t simply manufacture clothing. Our teams foster exclusive relationships with our customers to create style leading, cost-effective solutions to produce the finest garments for discerning consumers worldwide.

With innovative discovery labs, premium production and an intelligent global network, we source, shape and deliver tomorrow’s trends, today. As a future focussed organisation, we also commit to do the right thing today for a better tomorrow.

 – Compiled by Fazmina Imamudeen