2018 Nonwovens Sales: $184 million
Istanbul and Tekirdag, Turkey
Drylaid (carded, airlaid), spunlaid; thermal bonded (air through 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 $184 million despite unfavorable currency fluctuations thanks to new investments throughout 2018 for Hassan Group. Between 2016-2019, the Turkish-based manufacturer of nonwovens for a range of markets continued to invest across its wide range of technologies.
Among these investments are two new needlepunch lines. One within its Siteks company targets automotive applications and is capable of processing natural fibers for the automotive industry; the other was completed in mid 2018 featuring multiprocessing and synthetic fibers at the Hassan facility. Meanwhile the group’s air through bonding technology was enhanced through the start up of a new investment at Merkas—the group’s hygiene-focused company—in 2018. Hassan Tekstil’s goals include not only increasing production capacity but also diversifying its product line with the new line investment.
“These major investments are adding capacity and value to the nonwovens activities of the group in 2018-2019,” says deputy general manager Hakan Sisman.
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 hygiene applications.