The history of Hayat Holding goes back to 1937, challenging times when Turkey was taking its first steps towards industrialization. Initially working in the wholesale fabric business, the Kiğılı Family entered the manufacturing industry in 1967, when Yahya Kiğılı started manufacturing fabrics. In 1969, Mr. Kiğılı launched the Kastamonu integrated chipboard plant, and in 1987, he founded Hayat Kimya, thus entering the FMCG industry.
Hayat Kimya offers the Papia, Familia, Focus and Teno brands in the tissue category, the Bingo brand in the home-care category, the Molped brand in the sanitary pads category, the Molfix brand in the baby diapers category, and the Joly and Evony brands in the adult diapers category.
Hayat Kimya is a leading player in the FMCG industry, and one of the biggest global companies established by Turkish investors.
Thanks to the investment and export projects it has launched in neighboring countries, Hayat Kimya is rapidly turning into a global enterprise, employing 5,200 people today.
Operating in six countries with systems that comply with European standards, Hayat Kimya reaches consumers through an export network spanning around 100 countries. The company produces detergents, hygienic pads and tissue at its İzmit factory. Home-care and hygienic products are manufactured at the Algeria Hayat DHC factory, hygienic products and tissue at the Iran Pars Hayat Healthcare Products Sehami Has factory, hygienic products at the Egyptian Hayat Hygienic Products S.A.E. factory, and cellulose and wrapping paper at the Bosnia-Herzegovina Natron HAYAT DOO factory.
The R&D Center is Hayat Kimya’s innovation base. With an investment budget of TL 9 million and a general budget of TL 8 million, it incorporates systematic approaches such as risk and innovation management into business processes. The main objective of the R&D Center is to design environment-friendly products in the FMCG segment.
Thanks to its high performance in export markets, the company offers its brands to consumers in 101 countries on five continents, ranking 70th in 2012 among Turkey’s largest exporters, and 68th on the ISO 500 list. Hayat Kimya is a trendsetter and the world’s 5th largest manufacturer in the baby diapers segment. Investments in tissue production have made the company the 7th largest manufacturer in Europe.