Company Cameo


June 2, 2008

Polypropylene and polyester nonwovens maker General Nonwovens is a member of a family-owned group of companies that was established in 2000 with its primary focus on nonwoven roll goods production.

General Nonwovens
General Tekstil San Tic A.S.
2. Organize San Bol No: 4 27120
Gaziantep, Turkey
Tel: 90 342 337 4041
Fax: 90 342 337 4252
Sales Manager: Dogan Mazicioglu
Email: dmazicioglu@general­non­wovens.comrn

Prior to entering the nonwovens field, the company had been in business since the 1920s in a variety of different fields. After more than 85 years, the group of companies continues to be a wholly-owned family enterprise. General Nonwovens began production in mid-2004 and currently boasts an annual capacity of 10,000 tons of nonwovens. Target markets are Europe and The Americas.

General Nonwovens produces spunbond nonwovens in a range of 12 to 200 gpsm and up to 3.3 meters in width for hygiene, automotive, filtration, agriculture and technical applications. General Nonwovens’ brands include HyGen for hygiene and personal care products, MediGen for medical and surgical media, FilterGen for filtration products, TexGen for coated and laminated fabrics as well as home textiles, AutoGen for the automotive industry, AgriGen for agriculture and horticulture applications and IndiGen for industrial and technical textiles.

General Nonwovens’ technology and spinning process includes state-of-the-art downstream equipment. The multi-beam line includes sophisticated process controls and versatile fabric finishing capabilities, where fabric characteristics and performance can be optimized to specific needs.

The fine denier filaments are an important factor that affects the nonwovens’ properties. General Nonwovens is capable of producing fabrics from subdenier microfilaments to high denier course filaments. The low denier filaments produce more surface area and more length per unit weight, reduce light transmission and improve light dispersion (greater opacity) and softness due to lower unit fiber deflection forces.

“Low denier spunbond fabrics are a great value to markets where soft touch, breathability, liquid barrier and more efficient air permeability are required,” commented Alican Yilankirkan, business development director. ‘‘Lightweight polyester spunbonds offer a cost advantage to our customers by allowing them to replace existing materials with a lighter weight fabric.’’

In terms of technological capabilities, unique fiber spinning and a uniform lay-down system allow General Nonwovens’ customers to substitute fabrics with lower basis weight products while achieving the same or better performance. Features such as hydrophilicity, ultraviolet stabilization, anti-static, anti-bacterial and flame retardancy can further enhance the nonwoven fabrics.

Moving forward, new projects and investment plans are under evaluation. “We have a young, dynamic and skilled team of engineers and industry experts that welcomes new challenges in the development of unique products,” commented Mr. Yilankirkan. “At General Nonwovens, quality is consideredthe most important selling proposition.” He added that the company is certified under the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and is a member of EDANA (European Disposables and Nonwovens Association).

“We are a flexible, dynamic and diligent supplier with a passion for quality,” he concluded. “Our vision is to exceed the expectations of nonwovens and composite users worldwide by utilizing our state-of-the-art technology as well as providing the best value to our customers.”

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