2016 Nonwovens Sales: $200 million
Mehmet Kyucu, general manager, nonwovens and films
Gaziantep, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt
Baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence
The latest news from Turkey’s Gulsan Group is the installation of a brand new Reicofil 5 line, announced in April 2017 at the INDEX show. The announcement came just hours after Reicofil had announced the launch of the Reicofil 5 technology, which supercedes the Recofil 4+ technology and sets new standards for spunbond and composite nonwovens, according to Reifenhauser.
The new line, which will be located in Turkey, will feature six beams, will be 5.2 meters wide and will add 35,000 tons of capacity to Gulsan’s operation. It will serve the hygiene and medical markets and begin commercial sales in July 2019.
In addition to this 35,000-ton investment, Gulsan is adding a second line at its site near Cairo, Egypt, which will double that site’s capacity to 40,000 tons. Announced in February 2017, the new Reicofil 4+ line is on track to start in 2018.Gulsan completed work on the Egypt site, its first foreign investment, in October 2014.
“The new lines will support Gulsan’s future growth in the industry and in the region with highly sophisticated and up-to-date production technologies and will also reinforce the company’s position as one of the leading manufacturers of spunmelt materials in EMEA region,” says general manager Mehmet Kuyucu.
With sites in Egypt and Turkey, Gulsan already makes 105,000 tons of spunmelt nonwovens per year. According to Kuyucu, the company is satisfied with the footprint and has no plans to add sites in other regions.
“We invest in state-of-the-art technology and move to meet the market’s and our customers’ requirements,” Kuyucu says. “Gulsan is fully committed to top quality and the utmost customer satisfaction and focus on innovation.”
These new investment decisions for Turkey and Egypt have been made to support Gulsan’s future growth in the industry and in the region with highly sophisticated and up-to-date production technologies to its business partners and reinforces the company’s position as one of the leading manufacturers of spunmelt materials with total of 160,000 tons per year capacity in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.