2019 Nonwovens Sales: $275 million
Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager, nonwovens and films
Gaziantep, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt
Spunbond and meltblown
Sales continue to rise for Turkey’s Gulsan Group reaching €245 million in 2019 on the heels of new investments in Turkey and Egypt, according to Mehmet Kuyucu. This trend should continue as recently investments continue to come onstream.
Gulsan’s latest investment announcement, in January 2020, came amidst the coronavirus pandemic and represented a new nonwovens technology for the company. The latest investment is a 3.2-meter state-of-the-art Reicofil meltblown line, which will come onstream by the end of 2020. “This is a very important step to secure our national healthcare as well as EMEA region by producing enough meltblown capacity, which is the key component of facial masks,” Kuyucu says.
The line will be able to make enough meltblown nonwovens to make 250 million face masks per month and will primarily serve the local Turkish medical market.
Prior to the meltblown investment, all of Gulsan’s capacity has been centered around spunmelt nonwovens, primarily serving the global hygiene markets. Its most recent investment, a 5.2-meter Reicofil 5 line came onstream in 2019—after being announced in 2017—bringing 35,000 tons to a new site in Corlu, Turkey. Additionally, the company makes 85,000 tons of nonwovens in Gaziantep, Turkey and 40,000 tons in Cairo, Egypt.