Beko, the UK’s best-selling large home appliance brand, has inked a research partnership with Newcastle University to develop new ways to improve energy efficiency and performance in its appliances.
The deal will see Beko’s parent company Arçelik Group, which manufactures Beko’s appliances, working closely with Newcastle University’s Power Electronics, Drives and Machines (PEDM) Group, which is at the cutting edge of motor design and energy efficiency.
The PEDM Group has been engaged by Beko to develop a number of prototype motors, using the latest electro-magnetic technology, to improve the efficiency of Beko’s dishwashers.
Abdurrahman Besikci, R&D Manager of Control and Electronic Technologies at Arçelik Group, said:
“We are constantly striving to develop and deliver market-leading technologies that make our customers lives easier. One of our core areas of focus is energy efficiency, which we place at the heart of our product design, to both look after the environment and to save our customers money. We are at the forefront of the industry on this, and as such, are constantly seeking ways to improve.
“Newcastle University is the leading research university on motor design and with its very impressive state of the art facilities we are very confident that they will be able to deliver on our requirements.”
Dr Glynn Atkinson, who leads the project at Newcastle University, commented:
“Arçelik’s products are known for their design simplicity and efficiency. We are looking forward to the challenge of creating prototypes to meet their energy efficiency specification and to put our state-of-the-art research space to the test.
“The component, if utilised by Arçelik, may be streamlined into mass production, which is something that we’re extremely excited about and hope will be the start of many more projects in the future.”
The partnership between Beko and Newcastle University arose as a result of a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) programme to drive collaboration between international companies and UK universities.