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Key Milestones


1960

Start of the Bekmezci family business, trading socks in the local market


1966

Establishment of GELAL as a socks manufacturing and trading company


1983

First exports to Europe


1987

Establishment of new, owned manufacturing premises in Istanbul


1988

Start of exports to the U.S.


1989

Establishment of own liaison office in U.S. to support sales


1990

Shift of strategy to focusing on fewer yet larger accounts; consolidation of Client Base


2004

Relocation to new, owned, purpose-built manufacturing premises in Istanbul


2006

Substantial investment to increase the manufacturing capacity especially on football socks


2009

Further focus on consolidation of the Client Base


2012

Start of new purpose-built manufacturing premises at Cankiri (near Ankara)
Certified at GOLD level according to the United States Green Buildings Council
(USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) “Green” Standard


2012

Istanbul Factory: Remodelling all areas to better meet Lean Manufacturing standards and maximise efficiencies


2016

Celebrated 50 years of passion and innovation …


2017

Construction of new, owned, purpose-built manufacturing premises, at Cankiri,
operating under a self-invented disruptive workflow process with spectacular
efficiency result

50years
patent

Gelal has registered 3 applications pending PATENT:

• Two applications for novel material use, to achieve ultra-high grip properties in different types of socks (without increasing the product cost).
• One application for a novel workflow process that drastically reduces: the consumption of natural resources, energy, product cycle time, costs and CO₂ emissions.