Eskimo Fashion Knitwear celebrates extraordinary 40-year journey | Sunday Observer

Eskimo Fashion Knitwear celebrates extraordinary 40-year journey

4 December, 2022

Eskimo Fashion Knitwear (Private) Limited marked its milestone 40th anniversary recently, celebrating an ongoing journey of leadership, passion to perform, innate resilience and innovation, confidently paving the way for a stronger future.

Renowned for the manufacturing of export quality knitwear for international markets, the company’s journey began four decades ago when two German entrepreneurs visited Sri Lanka and were offered a compelling proposition of incentives to commence operations.

Eskimo Fashion broke ground in 1982,constructing its initial factory in Kadirana North, Negombo, a fishing town by the sea. The company expanded from its roots of operating a small 200 employee plant, into accelerating and multiplying capacity over the years. Currently, Eskimo Fashion manages plants in the Pallekele Free Trade Zone and in Punanai, including the Negombo factory, employing over 2,000 staff.

The first exports were made in the year 1983. Now in its 40th year, the company is recognised as a major exporter serving France, Scandinavian countries, the UK and Germany, working with famous brands including Decathlon, C&A, Petit Bateau, Sterntaler and NEXT. Eskimo Fashion has scheduled furtherexpansion for Punanai in 2023, driving additional long-term success.

Eskimo Fashion’sfour decades of continued success has not only hinged on momentum but strategic resilience,and the ability to rebound and respond to setbacks. Over the years, despite facing worldwide crises and country specific difficulties, the company’sinnate perseverancehas sharpened its resolve, especially in dealing with the current complex socio-economic challenges. Eskimo Fashion’s success today is testament to its strength andcontinuous pivoting towards positive change.

Aligned to Eskimo’s vision of ensuring first class manufacturing operations, special emphasis is placed on adhering to compliance standards. The company conforms to globally recognised product certifications including the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. One of the world’s best-known labels for environmental- friendly and socially responsible production for the clothing and textile industry, Organic Content Standard, a special certification which confirms the presence of 100% organic cotton in the final product, Global Organic Textile Standard, Responsible Wool Standard, Forest Stewardship Council, Sedex NBSEI certificate of compliance and ISO 14001. All garments produced by Eskimo Fashion comply with these standards, providing credible assurance of the safety of textile products at all stages of production.