METYX Group has completed an agreement with the Gaston County Economic Development Commission
in North Carolina to acquire a manufacturing facility for its new METYX USA Technical Textiles Division.
An initial investment to purchase and upgrade the existing 30 acre (120 000 sq. m) site and existing
buildings has been finalised, which includes 130,000 sq. ft (~ 12,000 sq. m) of covered space. The site is
located in Ranlo, Gaston County, a town approximately 28 miles west of Charlotte city. Production is
expected to start by the end of Q3 2018. Significant support and incentive programs are being provided at
both county and state levels which, combined with the ideal location, have made this a highly attractive
package for the group and helped to secure the deal.
The planned new METYX US operations in North Carolina, expected to employ up to 200 people, will
initially focus on setting up technical textiles production lines for manufacturing a range of glass and
carbon fabrics, along with sales, customer service and warehousing facilities to serve the North American
composites market. As a next phase, in line with customer needs, fabric, core and vacuum consumable kit
cutting capabilities will be added in the future. METYX is primarily looking to establish business with US
and Canadian OEMs and tier 1 converters in the wind energy generation, marine, road and rail
transportation and industrial sectors.
METYX Group Managing partner, Uğur Üstünel stated: “Having been interested for several years, we
believe now is the right time to invest and bring our portfolio of products and services to the North
American market. The US is a very attractive market, being the biggest globally in several key industry
sectors with good future growth prospects. Without doubt, it is a fiercely competitive region, but we believe
that our passionate customer service culture and solutions offering approach, combined with our strong
product and service offering gives us a unique selling proposition that will attract new business. This is a
very exciting time for METYX and we look forward to starting our US operations later this year.”
Üstünel will head up METYX USA working alongside newly appointed advisory board team members
Christian Kissinger, Evren Aykol and Stefan Kanburoglu, who will play a key role in getting METYX USA
up and running in the coming months. They will also provide considerable local knowledge and business
networking as all three are based in North Carolina, living nearby in Charlotte city, so commutable to the
new location in Ranlo.
North Carolina is an established manufacturing location in the USA, with more than 75,000 people working
in plastics and chemicals manufacturing, being home to leading multinationals including DowDupont and
BASF. The state also has a long history of textile manufacturing, with around 700 companies, including
competitors. Manufacturers in a number of target market sectors for METYX technical textile products are
also in the region. In more recent years, North Carolina has seen significant growth in the renewable
energy companies, particularly wind turbine generator manufacturing, as well as a growing number of
automotive, truck and heavy machinery manufacturing companies.
Our Association has successfully carried out the JEC WORLD 2018 Paris Fair with the participation of a total of 31 Turkish companies including 12 companies within the scope of the cooperation with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) this year under National Participation Organization and 19 independent exhibitors .
Within the framework of the National Participation Organization, Turkish companies have also had the opportunity to welcome their guests and promote their products in a contiguous plane and wider exhibition spaces. The increasing number of Turkish companies participating in the fair every year, which is performed in the excellent organization of ITO, has been an important indicator that Turkish composites and Turkish composite companies have steadily strengthened their place in the World Market. Turkey Composite Industry, which grew even further in 2017, had the chance to show its position once again on international level through the representatives attending the fair. Another indicator of this situation is the intense interest in our magazine and our Sectorial Catalogue in the fair where the 18th edition of “COMPOSITES TURKEY” Sectorial Magazine was distributed, which is the main publication of the Turkish Composite Sector.
THE TURKISH COMPANIES PARTICIPATED IN JEC WORLD 2017
1)3D WOVENS – ERGİNER SERAMİK
2) AĞTEKS LTD.
5) BORUSAN ARGE
8)CARBOMID – BİRLİK TİCARET
10)DEKORSAN TİCARİ ARAÇ VE POLYESTER ÜRÜNLERİ
16) İBA KİMYA
17) İSTANBUL TİCARET ODASI
19) KOSSE KOMPOZİT
20) LİTERATÜR KİMYA
21) METYX COMPOSITES
28)STA KOMPOZİT – SÖNMEZ A.S.F.
29)TEZKOM – ESKİM
30)T C M A – KOMPOZİT SANAYİCİLERİ DERNEĞİ
This year, more than 1300 companies participated in and 42,445 people visited the JEC WORLD Fair, the number one Fair of the Composite Sector, from 115 countries. The Turkish companies taking part in the most crowded composite fair held to date, thus had the opportunity to exhibit their activities all over the world.
JEC WORLD 2018 Fair will take place in Paris between the dates of March 6-8, March, 2018.
Our association participates into this Fair under National Participation Umbrella organized under the leadership of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. Our booth is inHall 6 No. N 66-2. We are waiting for all members of our sector which will participate into the fair as exhibitor or visitor.
Office of our association will be closed because of the fair between the dates of March 5-9, 2018.
Total 31 Turkish companies participate into the fair including 20 companies, which are member of our association, this year. From among these, 12 companies participate within the frame of “National Participation Organization” held by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICC)with support of our association and 19 companies participate individually.
Alphabetical List and Stand Nos of Turkish Companies are listed below with layout of the Fair and Turkish National Participation Organization.
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.