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During 1950s when Turkey was newly becoming industrialized, Vehbi Koç, founder of Koç Holding, was looking for a core product that would bring foreign currency into Turkey. Depending on Turkey's conditions during those years, he became partners with Bejerano, an experienced establishment in the field, to make investment in a tomato paste and canned food factory. The name of the company established in 1954 was registered as BEKO after the first two letters of Bejerano and Koç. However, the company could not commence business due to country's conditions.
When the opportunity arose for dealership of General Electric bulbs in those years, the name of the canned food company was changed to Beko Ticaret A.Ş. Thus, establishing a dealership system in Anatolia for the first time, Vehbi Koç could deliver Arçelik products to the homes of the customers.
Transferring Arçelik distributorship to Atılım in 1977, Beko Ticaret with strong experiences commenced operating in Turkish white goods sector under Beko brand in 1983.
As the Koç Holding Durable Goods Group directed its activities to overseas markets as of 1990s, Beko was defined as an export brand.
By the year 2000, as a result of Koç Holding Durable Goods Group' restructuring, Beko was taken out of Beko Ticaret A.Ş. and entered under the roof of Arçelik A.Ş. together with Arçelik brand.
Being the first Turkish white goods brand that was released abroad, BEKO started out with the target of becoming a "World Brand". Together with bringing the success in the Turkish market to foreign markets as of early 1990s, BEKO brand became a part of daily lives of more than 280 million consumers in over 100 countries of the world. Today, a BEKO branded product is being sold every two seconds anywhere worldwide.
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