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Turkish Denim Mill Takes Big Step Toward Supply Chain Digitization

Denim and knitwear manufacturer Özak Tekstil is teaming with Gerber Technology to revolutionize its supply chain by investing in Gerber’s latest innovation, the Gerber Atria Digital Cutter.

The innovative, digital cutting solution will allow Özak Tekstil to remain competitive by helping it meet customer expectations when it comes to quality, price and time to market. The Atria cutter will also enable Özak Tekstil to shorten its production cycle, while improving the overall quality of the final product, allowing them to better serve global premium brand names.

“Turkey could not manage the pandemic as well as other countries, but we are glad to see many European countries recovering as Europe is 70%+ of Turkey’s export,”’ Mehmet Aykut Vural, CEO of Glengo, said. “Gerber Technology has always been the leader in cutting technology but the Atria is by far the best cutter they have ever introduced and will be a great asset for recovery in the European market.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Özak Tekstil had already been leveraging technology from design through the final product to cut 6 million pieces per year at the highest speed with the best quality. With the investment in the Gerber Atria, the manufacturer will be able to better manage its supply chain by integrating the Gerber solutions it already has, including AccuMark and AccuNest. This will allow Özak Tekstil to accelerate time to market, improve quality and further reduce costs.

“We had already been working with Gerber and Glengo, so we were pleased to see they were now offering a digital cutting solution that could cut high plies with maximum precision at a never before seen speed,” Güven Yalvaç, production manager at Özak Tekstil, said. “It is extremely important for us to have Gerber and Glengo as partners in order to get continuous, timely support and ensure our machine is always up and running.”

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The Atria cutter provides a more efficient and sustainable production environment for manufacturers with its ecosystem of software and hardware solutions. Since integrating the Atria, Özak Tekstil has seen significant throughput increases and a reduction in the number of markers, which has reduced cutting costs, opened the spreading table and enabled greater production. The solution will enhance the supply chain from order to production by the enabling the company to easily adapt to the sudden changes and uncertainties in the current business conditions.

Founded in 1985 by the Akbalık family, Özak Tekstil has become one of the biggest ready-made clothing production companies in Turkey and produces denim and non-denim products for the world’s leading denim brands.

Exporting almost 6.5 million products a year, Özak Tekstil carries out its production in a closed area of 48,000 square meters at its Istanbul, Malatya and Şanlıurfa factories.

Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help apparel and industrial customers improve their manufacturing and design processes and more effectively manage and connect the supply chain, from product development and production to retail and the end customer.