Turkey’s expanding Erpiliç has awarded its fourth, single-stage hatchery development contract to Pas Reform for it SmartPro hatchery technologies.
The new hatchery, to be built in Mudurnu – Bolu, Turkey, has been awarded as a virtually turnkey 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 SmartSetPro 115 setters, each with a capacity of 115,200 eggs and 36 SmartHatchPro hatchers. Pas Reform’s project team has designed the entire hatchery layout and will remain onsite to deliver training for Erpiliç hatchery personnel, while refining and programming the hatchery’s systems.
“We wanted a fully integrated approach to the development of our new hatchery project”, says Project Director Mustafa Ericek. “Our preference was to work with a single industry partner.”
“With SmartPro Pas Reform delivers on every level a very complete, advanced single-stage solution. Also they can supply a full range of hatchery automation systems and climate control equipment as well as 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 a future-focused, ambitious and expanding company.”