Akkanat Iplik and LMW: Successful technology partnership

Akkanat Iplik and LMW: Successful technology partnership

Akkanat group currently holds two spinning units with 27,744 Ring spindles, an end-to-end spinning solution from LMW achieving a daily production of 17 tons of combed Compact Ring spun yarn and 5 tons of blended Airjet spun yarn.

Akkanat Iplik, located in Corlu, 100 kms from Istanbul in European side of Türkiye is the strongest member of Akkanat group in the textile sector. Established in 1987 with the strong desire for superior quality in production and successful exports, Akkanat Iplik has witnessed exceptional growth and is firmly marching towards achieving leadership in the apparel industry.

With a committed and experienced strength of 200 employees, and a state-of-the-art facility, it demonstrates great success with a daily production of 17 tons of ring yarn and 5 tons of air jet yarn a yearly production of 10 million pieces of apparel.

Melding its great importance towards social rights and sustainable practices, Akkanat rapidly achieves adapting to the changing trends in technology and transforms production through continuous skill development for employees and sustainable approach in the textile sector.

Akkanat group currently holds two spinning units with 27,744 Ring spindles, an end-to-end spinning solution from LMW achieving a daily production of 17 tons of combed Compact Ring spun yarn and 5 tons of blended Airjet spun yarn. The main yarn counts range from Ne 16 to Ne 36 Cotton combed compact and Ne 10 to Ne 40, Polyester, Viscose, P/V and P/c blends in Airjet.  

Akkanat also includes a high-end Knitting and dyeing facility with a production capacity of 25 tons per day within its gambit.

The company is leading by example with its environmentally sensitive working standards. It also houses an established capacity of 34 MW from solar and hydroelectric power plants.

Akkanat, by integrating high standards of quality and skilled workforce and ensuring rapid production and timely delivery, has emerged as a rising firm in markets across the globe.

The challenge

To cater to the highly demanding European and Turkish markets, Akkanat decided to establish its first spinning unit in 1992 for producing mélange and special yarns with the mission of ensuring complete control over the quality of yarn produced.

With high power and worker wages costs in Türkiye, the key success factor for any spinning mill was to produce high quality yarn while maintaining low yarn manufacturing cost through increased yarn realisation, low power cost and automation.

Realizing the need to modernize their existing spinning unit, Akkanat group planned to upgrade for a product mix of combed cotton compact yarns and venture into Airjet segment for synthetic, cellulose and cotton blend applications.

Based on the representations from LMW and considering the benefits from the versatile solutions offered, Akkanat group decided to start its modernisation with the LMW Card and Draw frame machines for their Airjet process. Convinced by the superior quality and performance from the initial offerings from LMW, Akkanat decided to tryout the LMW Ring frame solutions as well for their spinning line.

Delighted by the performance of LMW machines backed by the exceptional pre and post sales services offered by LMW, Akkanat group decided to transform their entire spinning line from gentle Blowroom to the compact spinning systems with the latest offerings from LMW.

Atalay Soylemez, Plant Manager and Ozkan Edin, Technical manager

LMW’s gentle Blowroom line efficiently processes the high trashy roller gin Turkish cotton and the higher flat index achieved in LMW cards helps produce the sliver with lowest neps. The Lap former LH20S with its servo drafting and lap weighing technology ensures preparation of laps with lowest cv per cent. The high-speed Comber LK 69S and Draw fame LDF3S with highest scanning precision sets the benchmark quality required for the highly demanding European market. The longest Speed frame LF4280/SX helps save space and increase productivity with less maintenance. Ring frame LRJ9/SXL with the Spinpact system enables to produce yarn with reduced hairiness. 

After modernisation, Akkanat has been able to increase production by 50 per cent with the same number of workers.

In the words of Kamil Akkanat, Chairman of the Board, “Solutions provided by LMW after understanding our end customer and specific market needs is the primary factor for our successful partnership.”

Accomplishing sustainability through technological leadership

The trend of demanding transparency in carbon footprint has caught up with the apparel industry and the apparel brands are becoming keener on the sustainable practices involved in the production of the yarn and the fabrics.

LMW solutions facilitate reducing carbon footprint through higher utilization of raw material by removal of lesser good fibers in Blowroom & Card. LMW Combing solutions help achieve high quality with lesser noil per cent and LMW Ring frames are equipped with Roving stop motion to reduce pneumafil waste.

LMW Machines equipped with higher efficiency motors and highly reliable parts play a major role in minimizing power consumption. Strong and real-time service support by LMW ensures longer uptime of machines thereby enabling the reliability and longevity of parts.

Atalay Soylemez, Plant Manager and Ozkan Edin, Technical manager

To quote Atalay Soylemez, Plant Manager, “Fabrics produced with yarn manufactured from LMW Spinpact – suction compact system has good abrasion resistance values compared to the other solutions in the market. This is due to its reduced pilling effect because of consistent lower hairiness values in the yarn”

By imbuing intelligence to technology, the State-of-the-art Smart Solutions for Spinning Success (4S) empowers mills to be future ready. Backed by a culture of innovation the LMW offerings imparts the technological and competitive edge through mission critical automation, real time data and analytics from connected machines, compatibility with all applications and consistent performance under diverse operating conditions.

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