Having operations in durable consumer goods industry with production, marketing and after-sales services, Arçelik A.Ş. offers products and services around the world with its 27,000 employees, 18 different production facilities in seven countries (Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, Thailand, Pakistanand South Africa), its sales and marketing companies all over the world and its 11 brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, ElektraBregenz, Arctic, Leisure, Flavel, Defy, Dawlance and Altus). The Company’s vision is “Respects the Globe, Respected Globally. As one of the foremost companies in KOÇ Group and Turkish private industry, Arçelik, founded in 1955, has always been the leader in Turkish private sector with its efforts for industrial development. Today, Arçelik Group is the third largest company in home appliances sector in Europe. Arçelik Group achieved a consolidated turnover of EUR 4.5 Billion in 2017. There are over 1300 R&D employees in 11 Arçelik R&D Centers located in Turkey, Taiwan, UK and Portugal. Arçelik is IPR leader in Turkey and ranked 74th in World Intellectual Property Organization’s Top Patent Applicants list. The annual production volume of Arçelik is 17 million units. Arçelik participates in EU Framework Programmes since FP5 and had completed 1 FP5, 1FP6, 12FP7 projects and still involved in 12 H2020 projects actively. Arçelik participates in EU supported programmes since 1993 by Eureka and FP5. Starting with candidate membership of Turkey, the activities of Turkish enterprises in FP programmes has been increasing. Arçelik is the flagship of Turkish private sector in FP programmes with its strong national and international collaboration network in a broad area including material science, production, food safety, information and communication technologies, logistics and process optimization.