Gülle Entegre Tekstil Invests In Thies Machinery

Over the past three years, Gülle Entegre Tekstil, Turkey — a producer of dyed yarns and knitted
fabrics — has installed new yarn- and piece-dyeing equipment from Germany-based Thies GmbH &
Co. KG. Gülle now has the capacity to dye 40 tons of yarn and 40 tons of knitted fabrics each day
at its production facility in Corlu, which employs 750 people.

Gülle operates 16 vertical Ecobloc-x machines for packages, warp beams or loose material; two
RIII high-pressure dryers engineered to avoid overdrying, yellowing or migration; four mini-soft
machines for small-lot production and shade testing; and eight rotoMaster units. The dyeing
operation also is equipped with an automated dye and chemical dispensing system.

Gülle Entegre Tekstil has installed eight Thies rotoMaster fabric-dyeing machines at its
Corlu facility.

“Our strategy in investing in this Thies installation was primarily to reduce the costs
related to labor and energy, as well as using less dyestuffs,” said Ismet Gülle, one of four
brothers running the company.

“At the same time, the flexibility that these machines provide us with is essential since
retailers no longer want to carry stock — and they certainly don’t want to order a million T-shirts
in one go. Brands like Zara and Mungo now introduce new collections to their shelves every 15 days,
whereas in the past there were only two seasons a year.”

January/February/March 2009