Winning combinations for ARTA
As an accredited supplier to leading European retail brands
such as Marks & Spencer, H&M, INDITEX and Top Shop, Turkey’s
Arta Tekstil Ltd. is seeing a programme of continuous investment
over the past three years now paying solid dividends.
With a production capacity of around 4 million metres of
finished woven fabrics per month, Arta employs 300 workers over
three shifts daily, with 50% of its output exported to key
retail customers and the other half produced on a commission
Arta’s Thermex Econtrol range has a working width of
The company is situated in Çorlu, some 70km west of Istanbul
– a city which has boomed over the past 30 years, with its
population having risen from barely 20,000 to over 270,000
people. This has largely been due to a welcoming immigration
policy and the new textile mills which have emerged in the past
few decades in the city that now number around 350 in total.
Of the textile companies in Çorlu, however, around 250 are
estimated to be dyeing and finishing operations. Despite this,
Arta distinguishes itself through combinations of processes
which exploit its comprehensive dyeing, finishing, coating and
digital and rotary printing technologies to the full.
In addition to other technologies, the company’s recent
investment programme has seen the installation of a new
European-built Monforts Thermex Econtrol dyeing system as well
as two ten-chamber Monfongs Montex stenters and a Monfongs
sanforising unit, all of which have been installed and
commissioned by Istanbul-based Neotek.
“In combination with the new Monforts Thermex system, this
provides us with a far wider range of fabric finishes and
surface effects that we can achieve compared to our
competitors,” says Arta plant manager Mehmet Kaan Kalipçioĝlu.
“We specialise in cotton, polyester, viscose and lyocell
finished fabrics and their blends, with varying levels of
controlled stretch, in advanced weaves including twills,
poplins, canvas, sateen, double-face as and dobby qualities.
“Our dyeing methods include reactive, sulphur, indanthren,
indigo, pigment and disperse dyeing, along with
specially-developed in-house techniques and special glitter, PU,
pearl and other blade coatings. Through combinations of all of
these techniques, we are able to provide our customers with
Added to these winning combinations can be a variety of
finish effects such as silicone, wrinkle-free, paper-touch,
water repellent, stain repellent, anti-bacterial, fire-retardancy
Arta Plant Manager. Mehmet Kalipçioglu.
One special development Arta has been involved with in a
joint project for TÜBITAK – The Scientific and Technological
Research Council of Turkey – has resulted in a fast and
economical method for applying both reactive dye and a version
of pigment dye in a single process.
“Since the washing effects of reactive and pigment dyes are
far different, there are some colours you can only get with
either, but our customers can now achieve outstanding new colour
shades after garment washing with this process, and different
shades or contrast colours can be combined,” Mr Kalipçioĝlu
The latest Monforts and Monfongs installations, he adds, have
resulted in a production increase of over 50%, with a marked
improvement in quality and reproducibility.
“What’s been particularly impressive is the total control we
now have over parameters such as humidity,” he says.
A fast and economical method for applying both
reactive dye and a version of
pigment dye in a single process allows striking new
colour combinations and
effects to be achieved.
The company’s Thermex Econtrol range meanwhile has a working
width of 1.8 metres and allows the single-bath continuous dyeing
of cotton and polyester fabrics with selected reactive and
dispersion dyestuffs, as well as cotton-polyester blends to be
processed without reductive intermediate cleaning, eliminating
the need for a steamer.
“Other processes, such as the use of indanthren vat dyes for
enhanced wash and boil fastness, or the over-dyeing on
reactive-dyed cotton fabrics to achieve an extremely broad range
of colour effects, are also carried out on the range,” Mr.
Another significant advantage for the company is the advanced
water treatment and recycling equipment it has in place.
“It’s now very difficult to get a licence to operate a new
plant in Çorlu, due to new government regulations to protect
agriculture in the region,” Mr. Kalipcioĝlu concludes. “Luckily,
we have been well prepared for this.”