Bernard Botejue Kolonna

Kolonna Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd

- Vision -

To be the most renowned branded clothing manufacturer in Sri Lanka.

- Mission -

Empower – To Nurture highly motivated and empowered employees.
Automate – To pursue intelligent automation of systems and processes.
Excel – To ensure continuous improvements in quality.
Certify – To be an internationally certified and compliant factory.
Develop – To enable the customer in design and development.
Trust. – To be a committed and reliable supplier
Care – Assist in sustainable community development

- Values -

Collaboration & Teamwork
Passion & Commitment
Professionalism & Expertise
Ethics & Integrity
Recognition & Empowerment
Learning & Continuous Improvement

Bernard Botejue Industries manufactured apparel at its home base, 106 Dutugemunu Street, since its inception in 1948 producing everything from caps to socks!

With the government’s ‘200 Factory’ programme in 1991 Bernard Botejue, a well-established clothing manufacturer at the time decided to venture out into starting a factory in the remote village of Kolonna in 1992.

The government initiative was driven by the desire to provide employment opportunities to youth in the rural areas of Sri Lanka. Garment manufacturers were encouraged to build factories all over the country.

From a list of options, Kolonna a small village in the Ratnapura District was chosen as there was an abundance of potential employees because there were no other industries in the area aside from farming.

A state of the art factory was set up and many training centres were established to develop the skills and capabilities of the employees. Initially the factory employed a total of 500 people with an installed capacity of 200 sewing machines. Today the plant has 400 machines in operation and employs 750 people including staff and who are all from Kolonna and other neighbouring towns. Today the modernized factory is equipped with a Lectra system for pattern making, Machinery that assists in fabric inspection and testing as well as many up-to-date sewing machines. Bernard Botejue Kolonna celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2017 and with the group restructuring in 2018, ‘Kolonna Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd’, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bernard Botejue (Pvt) Ltd was launched to run the factory under the brand name ‘Bernard Botejue Kolonna’. With this change, the factory also ventured into a major expansion project with the development of a new building to make room for a higher capacity in the future.

With the world’s recent focus on the environment and sustainable development, the Bernard Botejue Kolonna plant is moving towards being an energy efficient and eco-friendly factory starting with the installation of LED lighting and Air cooling systems. Later, the factory installed Sky lighting, a waste water purifying system and solar panels to supply Sri Lanka’s national grid with solar power. The factory has also declared itself a ‘Polythene Free Zone’ by completely eliminating the use of non-biodegradable materials such as polythene and plastics. Furthermore, Bernard Botejue Kolonna’s main CSR initiative is their reforestation project with the objective of improving Sri Lanka’s forest cover.

Bernard Botejue Kolonna maintains high standards of compliance and is certified by WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), SEDEX and the Joint Apparel Association Federation’s ‘Garments Without Guilt’ accreditation. The factory currently produces high quality knitwear for leading brands in the US & Europe.

The dynamic factory not only focuses on fast turnarounds, high quality and efficiency, it also emphasises the importance of corporate social responsibility. Scholarship programs for students from the schools in the area, sponsorship of village events, donations for Montessori’s, schools, temples and elders’ homes are undertaken annually along with other activities such as assisting employees with loans for the development of their homes and livelihood and dredging up a lake that enabled the cultivation of approximately 70 acres of abandoned paddy land.

The success of Bernard Botejue Kolonna can be attributed to its people; the people within the organisation who challenge forward to excel in production, performance, efficiency and quality while also being environmentally and socially conscious.

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