ISTANBUL—Rafet Tukek and his two daughters, Ilknur Omay and Guliz Tukek, are actively managing Microfibres, the Turkish brand of flock owned by their company HP Fabrics in the USA and Sertex brand of flock in Turkey.
Ilknur is CEO and her sister is the finance manager.
Rafet has recently split from his two brothers Rasen and Yasin who now own Suedser and the Flokser artificial leather manufacturing division in Turkey.
The flock manufacturer is also the owner of Nanfong in China, which is printing 2.7 million meters of flock monthly in narrow and wide widths for home textiles and upholstery for domestic Chinese consumption, Ilknur says.
“We started one year ago in Winston-Salem to import Chinese-made upholstery and Turkish-woven goods and flock for the furniture industry in America,” Ilknur says. “We’re also shipping greige to China for printing. We have a new distribution center in Winston-Salem with 60 employees working on the operation. We’re planning a cut length and piece sales operation that will be imported from China and Turkey.”
Ilknur says she stopped production of flock in Winston-Salem last September because there wasn’t enough demand for flock in the USA to justify the operation. However, by importing goods from Turkey and China, HP Fabrics can supply the demand that exists in the States. Ilknur explains that the goods are stocked in Winston-Salem with another warehouse in Tupelo. Embossing and finishing the imported flock fabrics also occurs in Winston-Salem. She says the company is shipping 800,000 meters per month, mostly solids for $6 a yard in the USA, while China sells printed goods for about the same price. “Flocked goods are a high-performance product,” she says.