Arçelik A.Ş. (ARCLK: IST), Global home appliances company Arçelik’s refrigerator factory in Eskişehir, Turkey, received the world’s top award for manufacturing excellence. Presented by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance, the World Class Total Production Maintenance Award recognizes facilities that have achieved outstanding levels of production reliability and efficiency. In the past 40 years, only 20 companies, worldwide, have received this accolade. Arçelik, mother company of Beko, has been the first home appliances company globally to receive this award.
The JIPM award system judges the results of a plant’s activities and presents awards at five progressive levels: Excellence, Consistency, Special, Advanced Special and World Class. It takes about 15 years for a plant to go from the first to the highest level.
About Arçelik Factory in Eskişehir
Founded in 1975 factory employs more than 3.500 people. With an annual production capacity over 4 million units, the factory exported 63% of its products to more than 100 countries in 2016. The facilities have also the first refrigerator recycling plant of Turkey. The Eskisehir Refrigerator Factory first applied to TPM in 2002 and since then the full dedication of all employees in the factory, the properly designed TPM Office structure and uninterrupted support from top management since the very beginning were the most important factors that brought this unique success of the Eskişehir Management on the TPM journey.
Founded in 1955 as a subsidiary of Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerate, today Arçelik is a worldwide producer and marketer of consumer durables and consumer electronics with 30,000 employees and 18 manufacturing facilities in Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand and Pakistan. The company operates in 145 countries and manages 11 brands [Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, Defy, Arctic, Dawlance, Leisure, Flavel, Altus, ElektraBregenz].