After a quarter of a millennium in the textiles business, Turkey's Marmara Group has made a bold move into tissue. Last November, the groups's latest business, Lila Kagit (Lila Tissue), started up a 70,000-tonne/yr Metso Paper tissue machine at its facility in Corlu, a sit equidistant (125 km) from Istanbul, the Greek border and the border with Bulgaria. In 2004, Marmara Group carried out tissue feasibility studies and in mid-2005 decided to invest in the sector. Lila Kagit was born. Lila Kagit's strategy is to convert half of the parent rolls it produces and sell the other half to local customers. That means eastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, explains mill manager, Erkan Tirnavali. Lila Kagit is running four shifts in paper production and three shifts in converting. Following successful trials, the converting lines were set to swing into full operation by the end of February 2008. Lila Kagit may be new to the tissue business, but the firm is already looking ahead.