MAS increases its investment in the supply chain and re-affirms confidence in Sri Lanka
MAS Holdings launched a new venture by acquiring the assets of BAM Knitting (Pvt) Ltd., a leading fabric
manufacturing and finishing operation in Sri Lanka. MAS Holdings takes the majority stake in the new
venture, with BAM Knitting as its joint venture partner. This investment further enhances MAS’
capabilities in the knitting, dyeing, and printing space for cotton fabrics and expands its backward vertical
integration on the island.
The new joint venture will benefit from the technical resources and expertise of MAS, following the
appointment of MAS specialists to key roles in the company, as well as MAS’ vast global experience in
apparel and textile manufacturing. Significant synergies are expected from the acquisition, including
production capacity enhancements and collaborations on new product developments.
“This acquisition is timely, both from the perspective of MAS and the Sri Lankan economy,” said Suren
Fernando, CEO of MAS Holdings. “It enables MAS to increase the verticality of our Sri Lankan
operations and mitigates the increasing volatility of global supply chains and costs of logistics while
increasing the overall value added by MAS. It also highlights our continued confidence in Sri Lanka as a
sustainable and competitive destination for apparel manufacturing, despite the ongoing economic
“This new investment also serves as an endorsement of MAS’ continued confidence in the Sri Lankan
apparel industry, especially at a time the island nation is undergoing many economic challenges,”
Fernando added. “Initiatives of this nature are critical in ensuring the country’s long-term economic
resilience and stability by helping to reduce its imports and strengthen exports. MAS takes pride in
providing leadership to these efforts as Sri Lanka’s largest exporter.”
Amandha Fernando, the CEO of BAM Knitting, who will be at the helm of the new organisation, added
that “The acquisition by MAS will undoubtedly elevate the capabilities that were developed at BAM, and
MAS’ lean manufacturing processes, product development expertise and the strong people-centric ethos
will surely transform the existing operation into a truly world-class business”.
The investment is part of MAS’ strategy to further strengthen operations in Sri Lanka, from where the
company sources 50% of its raw material requirement, as a key hub for complex apparel products. As
part of this strategy, MAS will continue to optimise and grow its capacity in Sri Lanka, focusing on
aggressive productivity improvements and increased agility.
About BAM Knitting:
BAM Knitting (Pvt) Ltd., located in Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka, was the fabric manufacturing and finishing arm
of BAM Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Incorporated in 2005, the company is an established player in the flatbed
knitting arena in the country. It functions as a fully-fledged and versatile fabric manufacturer and
possesses the ability to dye both yarn and fabric, knit complicated structures and handle fabric printing.
About MAS Holdings:
The largest apparel tech company in South Asia, MAS Holdings is among the most recognised design-to-
delivery solution providers in apparel and textile manufacturing. Home to a community of over 118,000
people, today, MAS’ manufacturing plants span 17 countries, with established design locations placed in
key style centres across the world. Catering to the demands of a dynamic and ever-changing industry,
the MAS portfolio has expanded exponentially into wearable technology, FemTech, logistics, start-ups
and fabric parks worldwide.
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Standing from left: Bhanuja Bandara – Director Operations, BAM Knitting (Pvt) Ltd.,
Prasanna Jayasekera – Group Finance Director, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Asela Jayasinghe – Chief
Financial Officer, BAM Knitting (Pvt) Ltd., Amandha Fernando – Managing Director, BAM Knitting (Pvt)
Ltd., Suren Fernando – Chief Executive Officer, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Shakthi Ranatunga – Chief
Operating Officer, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Dinouk Sirisena – Director Operations, MAS Holdings Pvt.
Ltd. and Isuri Beneragama – Deputy General Manager – Corporate Finance, MAS Holdings Pvt. Ltd.