As one of the best-established companies in the narrow weaving industry throughout its long business life, Kacarteks runs its manufacturing of a wide range of products, in particular mainly rubber, ribbons and cords. The company has a high quality production and service concept on apparels, defense and home textiles, promotional products, bags, shoes, healthcare, automotive as a supplier for leading companies in the market.
Striving to improve its production line since 1986, Kacarteks is taking firm steps with the aim to becoming an industry leader with its customer-oriented approach. The company’s production facility is also awarded with Oekotex Standard 100 Certificate.
In this issue of Tekstil Teknoloji, we are presenting to you the interview we held with Özgür Kacar, owner of Kacarteks.
Can you tell us the development process of your company, which is one of the best-established companies in the narrow fabrics industry in Turkey? What is your most important philosophy?
Kacarteks was founded in 1986 in Istanbul. In 1991, it moved to its current building where it still operates. During the 33 years since then, it grew up in a healthy way and reached its current position. The biggest factor in its journey starting as a small workshop and then becoming one of the leading companies in the industry today, is the continuity and trust we have established with our customers.
Our philosophy is to be completely transparent and honest to our customers, thus gain their trust.
Kacarteks serves many sectors in the field of narrow weaving. What are the most important features that distinguish your products from other brands?
Narrow weaving covers a very wide-ranging business line that serves many sectors. Kacarteks serves many industries such as home textiles, promotional products, footwear, bags, defense industry and health. One of the primary reasons for our clients to choose is our quality and continuity. Our partnets know that they can get the same product for months and years later with the same quality. It indeed happens this way. We are also very careful in product development and pricing. Therefore, we deliver the right products to our customers with the right prices.
Can you tell us about your production, and which products are the most demanded? Do you develop new projects to improve your product range?
The products we develop together with the design teams of our customers are among our most preferred products. In apparels industry, accessories, and therefore narrow weaving are now more important. Since we know the importance of sample and innovative product development especially in apparels, we design the desired product according to customer demands. In cases where yarn color catalogues do not suffice to meet customer requirements, we dye our products and custom-design them with the logo and design desired by our customers. In these production stages, the products developed by our P&D and R&D team together with our customers’ designers make a difference. We are expanding our P&D and R&D teams in order to expand our product range and respond customer demands more quickly.
What countries do you mainly export to? Can you tell us about the dominance of your company in the Turkish market?
We export mainly to Tunisia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia, Mauritius and Armenia. In addition, our products attract great interest and demand inside the country.
We are one of the best-established and leading narrow weaving companies serving the apparel industry in Turkey. Exporters of apparels, which create products with added value, constitute the majority of our customers. We have a significant market share with an annual capacity of 30 kms elastic bands, 50 kms braids, and 12 kms cords.
What do you care about when investing in machinery and technology? How do you ensure sustainability and quality in your competitiveness?
We attach great deal of importance to support services and spare parts as well as durability and quality in our machine investments.
We ensure sustainability in quality through modernization of machinery, valuing human power, and supplies of quality raw materials. When you ensure sustainability in quality, you get competitive advantage with the right price and sales policy.
Can you tell us about your after-sales service process as well as the process from order confirmation to product delivery?
After the order is taken by the sales team, production planning starts and the customer is given a term. The products prepared after the supply of raw materials go through the quality control process. Since our priority is quality, we attach great importance to this stage. Products are packed and prepared for shipment after elimination of non-quality products. In the event that a problem occurs in relation with the after-sales products, they are quickly responded.
How do you assess the weaving industry in the world and in our country?
Narrow weaving is an important part that makes a difference in the products now, especially in the apparels industry. The apparel industry has become very dynamic in recent years. Now we are seeing models and collections changing very fast. I think this is going to get even faster. You can create a wide variety of products in narrow weaving in line with the imagination of designers. Companies, which can keep up with this change and attached importance to R&D will develop further.
What kind of activities and innovations do you think should be done in terms of improving the Turkish textile industry?
I believe the Turkish textile industry is very innovative. I think the only shortcoming we have is to fail in branding. Now it is high time we shift from our supplier position to becoming a brand. Incentives to manufacturers who consider this as a risk can be increased.
Can you tell us about your 2019 targets and investments?
Our goal this year is to increase our sales volume more than the previous year as we do every year. In order to do this, we are working especially on productivity this year. With a stronger capital structure, we want to prepare strongly for 2020 and for the future.
Inteview: Kubra Karaca