Managing Director – Member of The Board Kipas Denim
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Founded in 1984, Kipas Texstil, is the largest textile company in Turkey and the entire Europe for yarn, denim and non-denim woven fabric. The denim facility of Kipas, founded in 2002, continues to produce around 55 million metres of denim fabric every year. Halit Gumuser, Managing Director – Member of The Board, Kipas Denim, speaks about the strengths of the company, the development of Kipas denim library allowing for digital representation of its collections and major sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the company.
What is unique to the Turkish denim market? How is it different from the rest of the world?
When you compare all textile materials, denim is considered a unique fabric. Hence, it needs constant innovation and high-quality production. The Turkish denim industry has tremendous know-how on innovation and considerable experience to achieve top-notch quality. Thanks to many engineers in R&D departments, industry players in the Turkish market constantly improve their product lines and qualities.
Could you tell us a bit about how it all started for Kipas Denim? Who is/are the founders of the group?
Kipa? Holding was founded in 1984 by the ?ksüz and Gümü?er families in Kahramanmara?. Today, with more than 35 years of experience, 6 different industries divided over 25 factories, and more than 10,000 employees, Kipa? is one of the leading companies in the region and Turkey. Kipa? Textiles is the largest fully integrated production facility in Europe with highly flexible production capabilities with an annual production capacity of 80 million metres of fabric and 330 tonnes of yarn per day.?
As pioneers in the textile industry, Kipa? states that its role is to innovate, improve, collaborate, and lead toward a genuinely sustainable and circular future that adds value to our industry. Kipa? currently embodies ring, open end, and air jet facilities and produces a rich product range from yarn to denim, non-denim, dyehouse, technical textiles, and garments. Kipa? Holding additionally has productions in cement, paper, energy, education, and logistics.
What are the strengths of Kipas Denim as a denim-making company?
As pioneers in our industry, we believe that our role is to innovate, influence, collaborate and lead toward a genuinely sustainable and circular future. We adopt a collaborative and long-term approach to develop partnerships around our supply chain. That's why the fluctuation of cotton prices has a minimum effect on Kipa? Textiles. Our production and product diversity allow us to be flexible in planning our production and keeps a stable position in the industry even under drastic changes. We are extremely flexible in shifting our capacity in different segments of the textile industry.
Where do you source the cotton for the denim? Where are your manufacturing units based at?
At Kipa?, we have massive yarn production. We supply raw materials from different sources based on diverse customer demands. We prefer Africa, the US, Brazil, Australia, and the domestic market for cotton supply.
What is the yardage of denim you are able to produce on a yearly basis?
We have 50 million metres as denim fabric and 30 million metres as non-denim capacity per year. In addition, our production and product diversity allow us to be flexible in planning our production.
How does the process start when working with brands?
Sometimes our customers come to us with their new projects. Sometimes they choose something from our collections and create a concept with our fabrics. In both cases, we are working together to develop their ideas further.
What is the top mix of choice (100 per cent cotton or cotton stretch mix) by brands when choosing the textiles? And do you create custom orders for them?
For the recent seasons, one of the hottest trends in the denim market was the authentic look which increased the demand for 100 per cent cotton and low elasticity fabrics like 99 per cent cotton and 1 per cent elastane that enables an authentic look. Additionally, our customers are mainly interested in recycled cotton blends, Tencel, and hemp blends. Our priority is to provide maximum access to sustainable solutions.
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