METYX Group has concluded discussions with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA)
and secured a 50% matched Government funded incentive package to support a multimillion Euro
investment project to expand METYX Hungary Kft. HIPA works closely with the Hungarian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs to attract inward investment from overseas companies into Hungary to create new jobs
and build its economy.
The combined investment funds will be used to significantly expand the existing facilities at the
Kaposvár site over the next five years, to increase production capacity for knitting glass and carbon
fibre textiles and to expand its fabric and core kitting service. METYX Hungary has 15,000 sq. m of
covered factory space and 67,000 sq.m open space currently operational, which is only 35% of the
230,000 sq. m former North American Bus Industries (NABI) production site acquired by METYX in
2013, so the site has plenty of space for this planned expansion and further growth in the future.
At a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday 7 th February the formal announcement of this
investment agreement was made by Mr. Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Mr. Attila Gelencsér, Kaposvár’s parliamentary representative in Budapest. During the press
conference, Mr. Uğur Üstünel, Co-Director of METYX Group stated: “We are delighted with this
significant investment support package from the Hungarian Government to help us expand our facilities
and increase staff numbers. We look forward to working closely with HIPA and other Hungarian
government agencies going forward to make our expansion plans a reality. Being located in central
Europe, METYX Hungary is strategically very important to enable us to continue business growth
across the EU market and meet customer demands. Such positive support provided from both local and
central government in Hungary has motivated the METYX board to commit further capital investments
in production technologies and infrastructure at our Kaposvár site.”
Üstünel went on to say: “In May 2015 we started production in Kaposvár with only 15 people. Today,
METYX Hungary employs 155 people and delivers across Europe. The site currently operates four
production lines, with 3 additional lines being installed in 2018. With the new investments, the total
annual capacity at METYX Hungary will increase from 3000 to 8000 tons for technical fabrics alone,
along with an expanded glass and core kit cutting service. We expect the numbers of employees in
Hungary to reach 200 by the end of this year, with additional people needed by the end of 2020. As a
result of this major incentive program, we are committed to making multimillion Euro investments over
the next five years which will secure more than 200 long term jobs in Kaposvár. It is safe to say that
METYX is already ahead of our commitments to the Hungarian government.”
The fabrics and kits manufactured by METYX Hungary are aimed at producers of composite parts used
in major industrial market sectors including: building and construction, boatbuilding, automotive,
transportation and wind energy; the ISO 9001 accredited Kaposvár site has completed intensive supply
chain qualification programs with key wind turbine manufacturers.
PlastEurasia – 27th International Istanbul Plastic Industry Fair held in association with PAGEV (Turkish Plastic Industries, Research, Development and Education Foundation) and TÜYAP welcomed sector professionals from many countries including Far East and Middle East to Europe, Central Asia to Balkans.
PlastEurasia Istanbul 2017 Fair, which opened its doors for the 27th time on 6 December 2017, has become more colorful this year. Our association has also taken a stand in the exhibition where the latest technological products are exhibited from plastics machines to chemicals and raw materials, from machine side industry to heat, control devices and molds.
Mehmet Göçmen, the CEO of Sabancı Holding, has announced that their subsidiary and member of our association Kordsa will be among the suppliers of Boeing. The press release on the subject is below. We congratulate Kordsa Company for their successful work.
Polin Waterparks is honored with awards for innovative products, exceptional booth design, the image and the branding.
The prestigious awards recognize the best of the best at the annual international event.
Turkey (November 23, 2017) – Earning a single Brass Ring Award is a significant accomplishment for most participants of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual show. But this year, Polin Waterparks outdid itself by bringing home four of the prestigious honors.
IAAPA’s Brass Ring Awards are recognized as among the most respected honors in the amusement industry. Polin Waterparks received its awards during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Last year, Polin was honored with a Brass Ring for Best New Product for its Space Race waterslide, a first-of-its-kind waterslide that allows groups of riders to compete against one another. This year, Polin was recognized with four awards. The four awards bestowed on the company were
Brass Ring for Best New Product, 1st Place – Category “Technology Applied to Amusements”
This award recognizes new products that demonstrate the application of a technology that has not previously been used for the same function that the technology accomplishes in the new product. The award recognizes Polin’s industry-breaking Splash VR – Virtual Reality Waterslide, a technology that provides a virtual-reality experience for waterpark guests without requiring a park to retrofit any aspect of an existing waterslide. Guests wear the wireless, waterproof VR headsets as they ride a waterslide to experience a unique journey, such as exploring the Lost City of Atlantis.
Brass Ring for Best New Product, 2nd Place – Category “Water Park Ride/Attraction”
This award is for new products that are designed primarily for rides or attractions in a waterpark or water-activity areas in theme parks, amusement parks or family entertainment centers. IAAPA recognizes Polin’s accomplishment in the introduction of its new Splash Cabin, the industry’s first interactive, water-powered game. Designed for two players, the competition is a water-fueled battle using animated players who interact using a 3D screen. Guests enter a beach-style cabin to play and earn points by hitting moving targets.
Brass Ring for Best Exhibit, 1st Place
Winners of this award are exalted for the quality, originality and uniqueness of their booths’ designs, along with branding elements (the use of corporate logo and/or brand within the design of the booth and promotion of product or service). Winners also must meet exceptional levels in regards to staffing (professional appearance, welcoming and friendly demeanor, approachable and knowledgeable) and overall appeal (booth cleanliness, attractive layout, and ease of access to information within the booth).
Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing and Communications for Polin Waterparks , says that being recognized for having an exceptional booth was not an easy task. “We didn’t rely simply on posters, models or videos,” she explained. “We did have those elements, but we focused on giving an experience to guests who entered our booth. We wanted it to become a miniature amusement park on the IAAPA show floor.” She described the inclusion of simulators that enabled guests to try four of Polin’s most popular rides. “We also offered the first hologram model ever used at IAAPA to showcase our new Mantis attraction,” she said. “And we offered our new Splash Cabin so guests could actually play the game. Each and every detail of our booth was planned with utmost importance down to the last detail. We had 5 stations (Splash VR, SplashWare, Ride’n Splash, Polin Aquariums/Funtastic Aquariums, Polin Wave Parks) with industry experts to fully serve our guests. “
Brass Ring- Image Award
This unique award is restricted to the best exhibit on the entire show floor. Judges choose the winner based on booth design, branding, staffing and overall appeal. Unlike many awards at IAAPA, however, consideration for the Image Award does not require submission of an application, distinguishing it as the absolute most highly recognized award at the show.
Pakis said her company was honored to win the award, “I think one aspect of our booth that set us apart and helped the judges choose us was the emphasis we put on our R&D center. We truly are working hard to elevate our industry’s efforts in this regard, so put a great deal of care into emphasizing this aspect of our business and illustrating our strategic plan. As a marketing director, I feel a great deal of responsibility in helping people to understand our strategy. Our marketing team works hard to integrate it into our brand and convey our message clearly and in a way our guests deserve,” she explained. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts by the number 1 organization in our industry.”
Pakis said Polin is grateful to IAAPA and the judges for recognizing the company’s achievements on so many levels.
METS 2017 Fair (Marine Equipment Trade Show) will be held in Amsterdam between November 14th and 16th, 2017. This year 24 Turkish Companies including our members Duratek Koruyucu Malzemeler San. and Tic. A. Ş. and Metyx Composites will participate in.
TURKISH COMPOSITE 2017 COMPOSITE SUMMIT organized by Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association for the 3rd time in the Turkish Composite Sector was held at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Congress and Exhibition Center on 5-6-7 October 2017.
Vasip Şahin- Istanbul Governor, Mustafa Çalışkan-Vice Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources, Selçuk Aksoy-Head of PLASFED, Yavuz Eroğlu-Head of PAGEV and Reha Gür-Head of PAGDER, together with a large number of visitors, initiated the Composite Summit, which opened doors to visitors by opening ceremony on October 5, 2017 at 10:00.
In the event, 84 companies and organizations from 10 different countries including our country have shared the latest technological products and developments in the Composite Sector on 84 product exhibition areas with visitors. Within 3 days, 2639 people (161 people from 33 different foreign countries and 2478 from our country) visited the event.
In the seminar section of the event, 25 important technical presentations and 17 commercial presentations were made during 3 days and the publications that are allowed to be published will be included in our web pages.
This year, for the first time in the demo tent set up at the entrance of the fair area, “Introduction Hands-on Training to Vacuum Infusion” was provided and visitors showed great attention to this training.
Again in order to reward the companies, institutions and organizations that have provided significant benefits to the Composite Sector with its products and contributions in the last two years; Awards were presented to Superlit Boru Sanayi A.Ş in the category of “Sales of the Highest Composite Product in 2016”, Polin Su Parkları ve Havuz Sistemleri A.Ş. in the category of “2016 Highest Composite Exports” and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the category of “Top Contributors to the 2017 Composite Sector Events” at a ceremony held before the Gala Dinner in the evening of 2nd day of the event where nearly 200 member from sector participated.
In this year’s event,, in cooperation with the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTSO), the BTSO Composite Cluster and the Bursa Technology Coordination and R&D Center (BUTEKOM) were invited to take part in our event and under the scope of the URGE Project, more than 80 business people from 20 different countries such as Hungary, Slovenia, Russia etc. visited the purchase delegations and also bilateral negotiations with companies participating in our event were provided.
The event held for the 3rd time in the Composite Sector gained appreciation of participant, visitor and stakeholders who participated as guest, and this appreciation has been expressed during and after the event with various kinds of means.
As Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, we would like to emphasize that our efforts to make the sector an international brand without sacrificing any self-sacrifice will continue in future. We inform you that our event will be shared with the sector with an increasing momentum every 2 years.
METYX Group Announces Major Expansion Plans of its Technical Fabrics Production for the Global Composites Industry
METYX Group has just concluded a major ‘multi-machinery’ deal with long-time partner KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH for the supply of new warp knitting production lines to provide 12,000 metric tonnes of additional glass and carbon fibre multiaxial fabric knitting capacity. The new capacity will increase production both in Turkey, further expanding its main factory at Manisa, as well as for additional overseas manufacturing facilities as part of a multinational strategic growth plan.
Ugur Üstünel, Managing Partner of METYX Composites stated: “The recent growth of our technical fabrics division and the successful qualification programs with key OEM customers globally producing composite wind generator blades has given us the confidence to place this multi-machinery order with KARL MAYER.”
“We are very happy to be part of METYX Group’s growth and success in the composites industry. We cherish our long term cooperation with them, which dates back to 1989, and we look forward to the years to come.” commented Karkheinz Liebrandt, CTO, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH.
The wind energy sector is a key strategic market for METYX Group, which in recent years has already made major capital investments as part of an ongoing long-term programme of key strategic investments in high-end production facilities for technical textiles and composites-related products to serve this sector and other key composites markets needing technical fabrics. In Turkey, adjacent land purchased in 2016 included additional open space for further expansion of the Manisa factory to be able to add more lines to double current knitting capacity for both glass and carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics, as well as having sufficient free space on the site to build more warehousing, and to further expand composite tool making facilities and kitting capacity for ’make to order’ kits for core material, glass and carbon fibre reinforcements and vacuum consumables.
This latest major capital investment decision by METYX Group for its Composites Technical Fabrics division is to ensure that the Group can continue to meet the needs of its major wind energy OEM customers both globally and locally ahead of imminent new national legislation changes in Turkey regarding the local supply of materials; in recent years, as an established local supplier with strong supply chain logistics, METYX Composites has rapidly responded to the significant growth in the Turkish Wind Industry in the Aegean Region since 2011 from wind blade manufacturers, as well as producers in other composites sectors in Turkey.
Ece Boya Kimya which is a pioneer of coatings and resins industry has become an R&D Center. Ece Boya Kimya, which has received R&D Center Document given by Science, Industry and Technology Ministry excelled to be an official R&D Center in Turkey.
Okay Erdoğan, the President of Ece Boya Kimya emphasizing the importance of innovations and constant improvement with these words; “We develop new products according to new developments in the world and by anticipating our customers’ needs. We will continue to make difference by reflecting our vision to production with new plant in Gebkim”.
CES, which is one of the leading industrial composite manufacturers in aviation, defense and ballistic protection areas and which has continuously conducted innovation studies, has registered its innovative attitude as an R&D center by the end of application and inspection process evaluated by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology on 26 May 2017. With this responsibility, CES will continue to develop new technologies for Turkey’s defense force.
Having been established with 100% domestic capital and supported by the Acık Grup, CES has acquired all certifications including AS9100 for manufacturing in international quality standards in the field of defense and aviation in a short time and has completed its physical and technological infrastructure. CES has continued its production activities in modern composite manufacturing facilities founded on 17.000 m2 located in Ankara-Anadolu OSB since the beginning of 2017. The company, which received the investment award of ASO along with this investment, embraces the latest technologies in the field of advanced composites and is confidently proceeding to become one of the leading manufacturers of the International Aviation and Defense Industry.
Furthermore, CES has started to manufacture its own branding in the field of personal ballistic protection equipment as of 2017 and has continued its permanently development studies for products that need to be strategically supplied locally such as vests, helmets, shields.
Having continued to work with its own resources and the great support received from Acık Grup, CES will use the advantages of being an R&D Center to create added value in line with national interests and continue to increase its efforts to provide its customers with more innovative solutions.