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18th January 2019
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Candy invests £15 million in Turkey to produce household appliances of the future
Candy Group has started a new production unit in Eskişehir, in the North-West of Turkey, where a modern structure was built on a 13,600sq.m area in a property already owned by the Group.
The new unit has gathered a total investment of 15 million euros in products and facilities and will employ 300 workers with an estimated annual production capacity of about 800,000 pieces.
This unit has been created to develop a new high-efficiency production process, based on the use of innovative practices and aimed at creating smart appliances. The new plant is the second production unit of the Candy Group in Turkey, and will produce the first dishwasher on the market equipped with Artificial Intelligence equipped with an internal optical sensor, able to identify the quantity and type of loaded dishes, automatically suggesting the most appropriate program and the best options for the washing.
Furthermore, thanks to connectivity, users will have the possibility of controlling and commanding the dishwasher remotely, like all the new generation products of the Group.
This project will increase the company's competitiveness and its drive towards constant innovation and it will provide important indications in the development of technologies such as IT, robotics and Big Data, giving a further boost to the research and development activities, progressively allowing Candy to detect, collect, monitor and analyse the data coming from finished products.
Particular attention will be given to the electronic and connectivity components, to create a complete dataset of information on the operations, performances and quality of the machines, in order to anticipate and correct any malfunction.
The new factory is an essential step in the evolution and growth plan towards 'Industry 4.0' of Candy Group, which aims to consolidate leadership in the sector of the latest-generation household appliances and their possible applications.
"The strong focus on innovation that has always characterised the Candy Hoover Group has led us to invest in a new factory in Turkey, intended exclusively for the production of intelligent household appliances," says the CEO, Beppe Fumagalli. "The goal was to conceive and implement the development of technologies, increasing the quality of production processes and encouraging the management of the knowledge required to enhance the capabilities of all the operations performed within the factory."
Our image shows Hakan Unal - plant manager DW, Mehmet Ali Karasu - industrial director, washing, Servet Akkaynak - country manager, Turkey and Sretac Cakar - plant manager TD
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