The Quality Series

SolTrim International, Sri Lanka’s Labeling Experts

Apparel companies rely on SolTrim’s excellent products for labeling, trademarks, and tags

© 2016 Javier Z / Davega

Sri Lanka, a small island nation situated just off the southeastern tip of India, has a population of over 20 million people. The island, mostly covered in thick jungles, and known for its bounty of pristine beaches and ancient ruins, has been inhabited for at least 125,000 years.

With such a long history, the intermingling of different cultures from surrounding continental countries was inevitable. Today, Sri Lanka has its own unique pidgin of clothing, cuisine, and traditions. Its wealth of human creation, emerging from native Sri Lankans, Indians, and more, and its immense untamed natural beauty has lead to it being ranked among the top places to visit in the world by reputable sources like The New York Times.

But Sri Lanka isn’t all about leisure. Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka located on the country’s west coast, is a place for getting things done. The center of a metropolitan area encompassing the homes of 5.6 million people, Colombo is where the vast majority of Sri Lankan companies have their headquarters. Major sectors include the manufacturing of chemicals, textiles, glass, cement, leather goods, furniture, and jewellery. Its well educated population, large harbor, and strategic position along several trade routes contribute to its economic vitality, and its role in global commerce is constantly growing.

Perhaps most well known around the world, however, is Sri Lanka’s garment manufacturing industry. Apparel manufacturing is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest, fastest growing, and most important industries. Apparel will, on average, account for around 40% of the country’s total exports any given year, as well as over half of Sri Lanka’s industrial exports. Top global brands such as Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Jones New York, and Nike source garments from Sri Lanka due to the country’s reputation for producing consistently high-quality apparel and treating workers with dignity and respect. Fair wages, reasonable working hours, and safe working conditions are typical of Sri Lankan manufacturing plants, attracting the world’s biggest apparel companies that put the utmost importance on corporate social responsibility.

Apparel output has been growing for several years, meaning the need for related industries has also been picking up. As a response to the ever increasing demand for labeling products from the apparel industry, SolTrim International (Pvt) Ltd was founded, and it is currently located in Rajagiriya, just outside of Colombo.

© 2016 Javier Z / Davega

SolTrim specializes in producing the tags and identifying markings on clothing, one of the most important aspects of major brands’ appeal and marketing strategies. For many companies, the cachet and prestige of the brands come directly from the trademarks, logos, and brandmarks incorporated into the clothing’s design. SolTrim specializes in producing these exact markings and more, manufacturing printed and woven labels, hang tags, heat transfers, price tickets, boxes, and poly bags, covering all the bases for applying important information, brand markings, and other trademarks to clothing of various materials, purposes, and destination-markets.

In addition to its diverse production capabilities, SolTrim also offers in-house design services, available 7 days a week, and a dedicated team to customer care, also available all week. This dedication to serving its clients, no matter what they need or when they need it, is an invaluable component of SolTrim’s quality policy. In addition to excellence in technological adaptation, products free of defects, and excellent working conditions, SolTrim hangs its hat on team cohesiveness and adaptive management that is always learning and seeking improvement.

For its central role in Sri Lanka’s most important industry, its quality products, its impressive client list, and its high-quality working conditions, Business Initiative Directions is honored to present SolTim International (Pvt) Ltd. from Sri Lanka with the 2016 BID Quality Award.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.