2017 Nonwovens Sales: $178 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 $178 million thanks to new investments throughout 2017 for Hassan Group. Between 2016-2017, the Turkish-based manufacturer of nonwovens for a range of markets invested more than €40 million in new nonwovens technologies.
Among these investments are two new needlepunch lines. One within its Siteks company targeting automotive applications is capable of processing natural fibers for the automotive industry and another needlepunch line delivery was scheduled in the first quarter of 2018 to Hassan Tekstil under the Hassan Group. Hassan Tekstil’s goals include not only increasing production capacity but also diversifying its product line 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 thermal bonding 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 was 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 hygienie applications.