2014 Nonwovens Sales: $175 million
Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager, nonwovens and films
Gaziantep, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt
Baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence
In expansion mode is Turkish producer Gulsan Nonwovens. The maker of spunmelt nonwovens for hygiene applications recently completed its first foreign line, near Cairo, Egypt and has already pledged an expansion within its local market.
In December, Gulsan announced it would add a 20,000-ton spunmelt line in Turkey to support future growth and provide it with state-of-the-art technology. The line, a 4.2-meter six beam Reicofil 4+ nonwoven line, is set to be operational in December 2015 and will serve the hygiene and medical markets.
Once the new line is complete, Gulsan, which is based in Gaziantep, Turkey, will have a global capacity of 105,000 tons including a recently added 20,000-ton Egyptian line, which came onstream in October 2014.
At the time of the announcement, executives said the new investment decision for Turkey will support Gulsan’s future growth in the industry and in the region with highly sophisticated and up-to-date production technologies and reinforces the company’s position as one of the leading manufacturers of spunmelt materials in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
All of the company’s nonwovens are high quality, ultralightweight materials that are used in baby diapers, adult incontinence items and femcare applications.