2016 Nonwovens Sales: $171 million
Istanbul and Tekirdag, Turkey
Drylaid (carded, airlaid), spunlaid; thermal bonded (air thorugh bonded/calendered, chemical bonded, resin bonded, mechanical bonded, needlepunch, stitchbond)
Hygenius (ADL), Polybond (SMS), Breatech, Autofelt, Class 4x4, Filtrex, Kundrax, Hasgeo,Koruser
Hygiene and medical, automotive, ready-to-wear, technical textiles, white goods (isolation), filtration, footwear, construction (geotextiles,floor protection,roofing), carpet (underlay), furniture and bedding, household (wipes), artificial leather backing
Nonwovens sales increased to $171 million thanks to new investments throughout 2016 for Hassan Group. Between 2016-2017, the Turkish-based manufacturer of nonwovens for a range of markets invested more than €20 million in new nonwovens technologies as well as another €10 million in its business outside of nonwovens.
Among these investments are two new needlepunch lines. One within its Siteks company targeting automotive applications capable of processing natural fibers for the automotive industry and another needlepunch line delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2018 to Hassan Tekstil under the Hassan Group. Hassan Tekstil targets increasing not only production capacity but also diversity with the new line investment.
Hygiene is also important to the company, and its role in this market has benefitted from the addition of a carded thermobonded line within the Telasis product range.
The other hygiene-focused company of the group, Merkas, founded in 2010, continues to extend its air-through bonded nonwoven capacity with a new line which will be installed during the first quarter of 2018 to target specific end uses in the hygiene market.
Outside of nonwovens, Hassan Group company Pelsan makes breathable films and laminates which complements Merkas air through bonded nonwovens. In 2016, Pelsan made a new line investment to meet increasing demand, particularly in hygienic applications.