2017 Nonwovens Sales: $244 million
Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager, nonwovens and films
Gaziantep, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt
Spunbond and meltblown
Gulsan Group continues to invest in spunmelt technology for the global hygiene markets. The Turkey-based company’s latest investments—at sites in Turkey and Egypt—will bring the company’s global capacity to 160,000 tons. In 2017, Gulsan announced it was going to be the initial investor in Reicofil’s latest spunmelt technology, the Reicofil 5, with a six-beam, 5.2-meter-wide spunmelt line capable making 35,000 tons of nonwovens per year. The line, which will serve hygiene and medical markets, is expected to begin operation during the fourth quarter of next year.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, at its site near Cairo, Gulsan’s second production line began operation in July 2018, bringing total capacity in the country to 40,000 tons. “The investment was made to reinforce our position as one of the leading manufacturers of spunmelt materials in the EMEA region,” says general manager Mehmet Kuyucu.
Gulsan opened the Egyptian site—its first foreign investment—in October 2014.
Kuyucu says that there is no plan currently to expand into other countries or regions.