The origin of the company, dates back to 1870 when the Merkel family, the ancestors of the present owners of Eskimo, set up a business to produce knitted gloves and socks near the town of Chemnitz in Saxony.
Over the past hundred years what started as a family business, developed its core competence in knitwear and started manufacturing operations first in Europe then in Asia. Due to ever increasing manufacturing costs in Europe a decision was taken to relocate production to Asia.
As a result Eskimo Fashion Knitwear was incorporated in Sri Lanka in the year 1980. It was one of the earliest and most significant foreign investments in Sri Lanka and was launched at the beginning of the country's programme of economic liberalisation. Eskimo Fashion based in Sri Lanka was one of the many achievements in this 100 plus year story. The story continues to evolve today.
The plant was built on a land of 90,000 square meters located near Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake with 200 employees. In its successful journey over the last three decades Eskimo Fashion Knitwear now comprises a modern and vertically integrated manufacturing operation with over 2,000 employees at three factories located in Negombo, Pallekele and Punanai.
Water Treatment Plant
Effluent Treatment Plant at ESKIMO is built
in compliance with the National
Environmental Standards to decontaminate
the waste water before disposal.
Eco Friendly Environment
Cultivation of Teak and Mahogany trees on
3 acres of land at the Negombo factory
premises to enhance the GO GREEN