METYX Composites factory on the Manisa Industrial Zone, Turkey.
METYX Composites factory on the Manisa Industrial Zone, Turkey.

METYX Composites, a division of textiles company Telateks AS, plans to double production facilities at its main manufacturing centre in Manisa, Turkey.

The existing factory is being linked to a newly acquired site, which combined provide a total of 2.3 hectares (23,000 m2) of production and warehousing space. The expanded site is almost twice the size of the current factory, providing the company with the space to double weaving capacity for glass and carbon fiber multiaxial fabrics and add more tooling and kitting capacity.

The expanded METYX factory will include additional new production lines for both glass and carbon fiber multiaxial fabrics and new CNC machining centres for composite plug and mold making. To meet increasing demand, especially from the wind energy sector locally, existing kitting services at Manisa are also being further expanded. Additional new warehousing facilities are also being constructed to improve stock holding and distribution services from the main production site.

‘We have seen rapid growth in the wind industry in the Aegean region since 2011 and our local factory and capacity have grown to meet the needs of our customers,’ said Bahattin Sendogan, marketing and sales manager, METYX Composites. ‘We also see new developments regionally in other key composites sectors, which are expected to further fuel our growth in the region, where METYX has become a key supplier.’

Growing needs

This latest investment in the expansion of METYX Composites is part of an ongoing five-year program of investments in production facilities for technical textiles and composites-related products made by Telateks since 2011.

 ‘We think that this new investment decision to expand our Manisa site has been taken at the right time, and will enable us to better support the growing needs of our customers,’ said Ugur Üstünel, managing partner of METYX Composites. ‘Looking to the immediate future and longer term, we will be doubling production capacity by 2018, and look forward in the coming years to working closely with all of our existing customers, as well as new customers in the Aegean region.’

The new site is planned to be fully operational later this year, with additional staff being recruited.

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