Investment Attack in the Recycling Sector

The devastating pandemic period that has been in our lives since December 2019, affecting the whole world, created a serious awareness about sustainability and increased the demand for recycled products. While many brands have increased the share of recycled products in their collections, companies operating in this field have accelerated their investments.

Gama Recycle, Kale İplik and Linea Recycle, which are among the important manufacturers of Europe as well as Turkey, are within the group of companies preparing to invest in this field. Gama Recycle is preparing to establish the world’s largest used clothing recycling facility next year, and Kale İplik company is getting ready to invest in yarn. In addition, Linea aims to manufacture all of its production from sustainable products.

Gama Recycle CEO Zafer Kaplan indicated that they would establish the world’s largest used clothing recycling facility next year, following the new recycling facilities that will be commissioned at the end of this year with an investment value of 100 million US Dollars. Kaplan stated that they produced 54 thousand tons of regenerated cotton yarn, 72 thousand tons of recycled polyester fiber and 36 thousand tons of pet chips annually with a total of 1,200 employees in 5 production facilities, 3 in Gaziantep and 2 in Düzce.

Recycles 2.5 million plastic bottles annually

While the company targets a turnover of 125 million US Dollars at the end of this year, it expects this figure to increase to 200 million US Dollars with the new investments that will come into effect next year. Stating that they export to 25 countries and that the share of exports in sales is around 35 percent, Kaplan expressed that with the start of production in the polyester fiber facility, which will operate in Düzce with an investment value of 100 million US Dollars, the aforementioned ratio will rise to the level of 60-65%.

Gama is one of the Joinlife suppliers of Zara, which is among the Inditex brands. The company also manufactures for many companies such as H&M, IKEA, GAP, Lacoste and Adidas. According to Kaplan, Gama Recycle transforms 2 billion 555 million plastic bottles and 181 million 500 thousand pieces of clothing annually. Explaining that they have prevented cotton and fiber imports of approximately 180 million dollars annually by converting these wastes, Kaplan pointed out that their export volume amounted to 70 million US Dollars and that they prevented 210 million tons of carbon emissions.

Kale İplik exports to 84 countries

Kale İplik is another important company operating in the field of recycled products. Fahrettin Elmas, Chairman of the Board of the company, which produces 300 tons of recycled fiber and 700 tons of yarn per month in its production facilities in Kırklareli and Tekirdağ, indicated that the recycled yarn production capacity is one thousand tons per month. Noting that they will start the production of yarns for protective clothing, which has a technical use in this field, Elmas underlined, “We are planning a new investment in technical textiles. This will be a return to technical textile yarn production. The content will include both original and recycled material.” According to the information provided by Elmas, Kale İplik exports to 84 countries. The share of exports in the company, which plans to generate 32 million US Dollars in revenue by the end of this year, is around 60 percent. Kale İplik, working on a project basis with global leading brands such as Inditex and HM, transforms approximately 5 thousand tons of waste per year. One of Kale’s goals is to increase its waste recycling capacity by 50 percent. Fahrettin Elmas, who stated that they also focused on R&D and innovation, explained that they were working on converting used clothing into yarn.

By the end of 2023, all of its product range will be sustainable

Linea Recycle, operating with a monthly fabric production capacity of 600 tons in its facility in Gaziantep, uses recycled fibers such as cotton, polyester, viscose and lyocell to sell to global brands as fabrics. Linea Recycle CEO Erkin Eren stated that they allocated 20 percent of their total capacity to sustainable products and continued, “We plan to make half of our total production, which will be roughly 300 tons/month, by the end of 2022 and all of it from sustainable products by the end of 2023.” Erkin Eren indicated that they exported to 15 countries. Stating that they plan to sell one thousand tons of sustainable products by the end of the year, Eren pointed out that the share of exports in total sales is 30 percent.