HRH Princess Anne visits MAS Holdings as the first stop on her Official Visit to Sri Lanka

official visit to the island, marking 75 years of diplomatic ties between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. The Royal delegation, including Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, made the first stop on their visit at an MAS Holdings facility in Katunayake accompanied by British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Andrew Patrick. MAS Holdings is Sri Lanka’s largest exporter and the country’s largest private sector employer.

The Princess Royal and Sir Timothy toured MAS Nirmaana, the Product Creation and Development Centre of MAS Active, that showcased the company’s apparel expertise and innovative capability. The leadership of MAS Holdings, including Group CEO of MAS Holdings Suren Fernando, and CEO of MAS Active Muditha Ferdinando, escorted the Royal delegation.

Nirmaana, a global design hub, boasts state-of-the-art technology and capabilities from trend research to digital product creation. As a development facility, Nirmaana is at the forefront of design and innovation in the global apparel industry.

Reflecting on the visit, Group CEO of MAS Holdings Suren Fernando stated, “Hosting HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence at one of our facilities has been a true honour. The UK, as one of our key markets, has played a critical role in our 36-year journey in apparel. As we celebrate a longstanding history between Sri Lanka and the UK, this is an equally momentous occasion for MAS as it is for the UK-Sri Lanka relationship.”

About MAS:

MAS Holdings is the largest apparel tech company in South Asia, providing design-to-delivery solutions in apparel and textile manufacturing. Home to a community of over100,000 people, today, MAS spans 15 countries, with established design centres located in key fashion hubs across the world. MAS’ product categories include intimate wear, athleisure, training and performance, swim, and shape wear, as well as adaptive apparel for persons with disabilities. Catering to the demands of a dynamic and ever-changing industry, the MAS portfolio has expanded exponentially; into wearable technology, fem-tech, health tech, start-ups, raw material supply chain, and fabric parks internationally. Over 30 years of operations MAS has gained global recognition for its ethical working environment and sustainability through social development, women’s empowerment and the organisation’s tireless efforts to make more sustainable products.

HRH The Princess Royal was welcomed to the MAS Holdings Nirmaana facility during the Royal delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka. Seen here with Suren Fernando, CEO – MAS Holdings.

HRH The Princess Royal toured MAS’ design and development centre, Nirmaana, as the first stop on her official visit to Sri Lanka. Seen here with Gihan Philip, Director – Innovations at MAS Active and Anura Wijayaratne, Director – Product Development and Technical at MAS Active.

HRH The Princess Royal on a walk-through of MAS’ production floor. Seen here with Anura Wijayaratne, Director Product Development and Technical at MAS Active.

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