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Turkey's Erpiliç Supersizes with SmartPro

by 5m Editor
7 December 2010, at 12:00am

TURKEY - Turkey's expanding Erpiliç has awarded its fourth, single-stage hatchery development contract to Pas Reform, for the company's SmartPro hatchery technologies.

The new hatchery, to be built in Mudurnu – Bolu, Turkey, has been awarded as a virtually turn-key project and will be fully operational in the first half of 2011, boosting production capacity by 61 million day old chicks per year.

The contract comprises 36 SmartSetProTM 115 setters, each with a capacity of 115,200 eggs and 36 SmartHatchProTM hatchers. Pas Reform's project team has designed the entire hatchery layout and will remain on-site to deliver training for Erpiliç hatchery personnel, while refining and programming the hatchery's systems.

The decision to work with Pas Reform came, says Project Director, Mustafa Ericek, after careful and rigorous comparisons of hatchery equipment manufacturers.

He said: "We wanted a fully integrated approach to the development of our new hatchery project", he says, "our preference was to work with a single industry partner.

"Pas Reform delivered on every level, not only with a very complete, highly advanced single-stage solution on SmartPro, but also by consolidating their role with a full range of hatchery automation systems and climate control equipment – and the project management capabilities to fully support the development of the hatchery."

Erpiliç was founded in 1969 by the Ericek family, beginning production with just 200 chicks. Now with headquarters in Bolu, Turkey's 'broiler capital', Erpiliç's annual capacity is 80 million hatching eggs per year, with integrated operations that include breeding, incubation, slaughterhouse, processing, parent stock houses and feed factories. Operations are divided for the separate production of delicatessen and processed products.

With a string of ISO accreditations, including for Halal production, Erpiliç is fully HACCP Food Safety Certified and places great importance on the maintenance of the strictest hygiene standards, in accordance with Islamic rules, at all its facilities.

Erpiliç's decision will, says Sake Yalcin, president of Refarm A.S., Pas Reform's representative in Turkey, put the company firmly on the map as the number three poultry producer in the country.

"Erpiliç's exacting and progressive approach sets extremely high standards both in Turkey and in those countries they export to. This project is going to be a very good example of future-focused design – with the emphasis on results for an ambitious and expanding company."