Hearing-Impaired Designer Training Program

With the aim of creating a model to contribute to the education and employment of people with disabilities, we organized a Designer Training Program for the Hearing-Impaired in partnership with Anadolu University and İŞKUR (Turkish Employment Agency).

Through this program, five hearing-impaired students received 140 hours of training between January and May 2019 in 18 different fields including design processes, technical drawing, and design of plastic and metal parts. To apply what they have learned, the students were employed by Arçelik’s R&D Department to design 100 parts, complete 16 assemblies, learn 120 new technical terms, prepare four problem-solving projects, and audit reports for 40 parts.

Products without Barriers Project

In 2016, we launched a project to find solutions to the problems experienced by visually impaired people when using home appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, ovens, stoves, TVs, vacuum cleaners, and irons. We held meetings with the Six Points Association for the Blind and Boğaziçi University, Assistive Technology and Education Laboratory for Individuals with Visual Disabilities (GETEM). For the product categories mentioned above, we developed additional features to make certain models easier for our visually impaired consumers to use, such as:

  • Audible user manuals

  • Solutions that make life easier

    • Braille embossed inlay solutions

    • Braille embossed and audible warning temperature adjustment button (Refrigerator)

    • Irons that do not require heat adjustment

  • Technological/Smart Solutions

    • Voice-over compatible HomeWhiz app

    • Smart TV remote control app

    • Voice description support for TVs

  • Producing a microsite for Arçelik products for individuals with disabilities

Solar refrigerator

With our brand Defy, we developed a solar panel refrigerator to meet the needs of people living far away from power grids and cities. Between its storage battery, inverter, solar panel installation and the refrigerator itself, the cost of a solar panel refrigerator can run high, so we launched an innovative application to solve the problem for this product that has been on the market for some time.

By eliminating the need for batteries and inverters, we made the solar refrigerator available for a much lower price. This project primarily targets the Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to other regions where there are often power cuts due to poor power grid conditions and markets where energy is expensive. We aim to benefit from solar energy as much as possible in such regions and prefer to use the grid only when additional energy is needed for better performance, thus supporting users in saving energy.

We plan to launch the serial production of solar panel refrigerator in the second half of 2020. In addition to storing food, these refrigerators will allow storage of vaccines and emergency medicine.  for emergencies. Moreover, we continue to work on integrated solutions such as a USB port on the refrigerator for mobile phone charging or LED lighting feed to meet the different needs of users.