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 is one of the two locomotive companies behind the Holding. Hayat Kimya operates in the FMCG industry since 1987, manufactures goods in hygiene, tissue and home care categories offering well established brands such as Bingo (detergents and home cleaning category), Molfix (baby diapers), Molped (feminine care category), Papia, Familia, Focus & Teno (cleansing tissue categories), finally Joly and Evony (adult diaper categories).
Hayat Kimya’s headquarters is located in Turkey and has subsidiaries in Iran, Egypt, Bulgaria, Algeria, Morocco, Russia and Nigeria employs nearly 8.000 people today around the world. Hayat Kimya manufactures tissue, hygiene and home care products in 14 plants, and continues its international investments at full speed.
Thanks to its innovative product manufacturing and high performance in export markets, the company received “The Best R&D Centre” award by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey, 2015. Also, the company ranks 45th among Turkey’s largest industrial enterprise by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ISO) top 500 list. Hayat Kimya has grown rapidly in categories it operates and has become a trendsetter and the world’s 5th largest branded baby diaper manufacturer in the world, as well as the largest tissue manufacturer of Middle East, Balkans and Eastern Europe