Starlinger donates 2 circular looms to Naci Topçuoğlu Vocational School of Higher Education at Gaziantep University, Turkey.
“What you know better, you do better.” With this motto in mind, Austrian machinery manufacturer Starlinger & Co. GmbH donated two Starlinger alpha 6 circular looms to Naci Topçuoğlu Vocational School, the vocational branch of Gaziantep University.
“Turkey is one of the world’s most important suppliers of woven packaging, with many producers located in and around the city of Gaziantep. Since we have been supplying machinery to Turkey for more than 30 years, it is a logical step to give students who will later work in this industry the possibility to train on the newest equipment”, says Angelika Huemer, Managing Partner and CEO of Starlinger & Co GmbH. She attended the hand-over ceremony for the two circular looms on June 5th, 2013, and cut the ribbon together with the governor of Şahinbey District Mehmet Aydın, Gaziantep University Principal Prof. Dr. Yavuz Coşkun, Head of Naci Topçuoğlu Vocational School Prof. Dr. Cahit Bağcı, the chairman of the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry Council Mustafa Topçuoğlu, the chairman of the PP Fabric and Bag Producers Association Mahmut Köroğlu, and the president of the board of directors of Gülsan Holding Vedat Topçuoğlu, to officially hand over the looms to the students and teachers of the Faculty for Plastics Technology.
Turkey – a stronghold of the woven PP bag industry
The Starlinger alpha 6 looms are designed to produce fabric out of polypropylene/poly-ethylene tapes which is used for woven plastic packaging production. Gaziantep is a major production center for woven PP fabric and machine-made carpets, and covers around 50 % of the total bag production volume of Turkey, which amounts to a value of USD 500 million . “Turkey is one of the most important markets for Starlinger”, confirms Angelika Huemer. “Not only do we have many long-time customers here; Turkish woven sack producers are always interested in innovations and many of our latest machine developments go to Turkey first.”
The Austrian engineering company is the leading supplier of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic bag production worldwide. In the course of the past three decades Starlinger has installed around 4,800 circular looms including the corresponding upstream and downstream machinery for woven PP bag production in Turkey. To ensure fast and efficient customer service, a team of well-trained Turkish service engineers based in Gaziantep provides immediate technical support for all the Starlinger machinery installed in the country.