|Industry||Manufacturing and service|
|Headquarters||Durban, South Africa|
Ross Heron (CEO Retired)Current CEO: Evren Albaş
|Products||Home and major appliances|
|R2,5 billion (2010)|
Number of employees
Defy Appliances is a South African white goods manufacturing company and is the largest manufacturer and distributor of major domestic appliances in southern Africa. The company manufactures and develops a range of large appliances from gas stoves, refrigerators, washing machines and tumble dryers to continuous clean ovens and convection ovens.
It currently operates three factories:
- Jacobs (Durban) - manufactures free-standing stoves, built-in ovens and hobs, tumble dryers .
- Ezakheni (Ladysmith) - manufactures electric chest freezers and electric refrigerators.
- East London - manufactures electric refrigerators.
Defy Appliances was founded in the 1905 in Wentworth, KwaZulu-Natal by John Skinner and Sir Benjamin Greenacre. The company manufactured its first product, electric stoves, in 1932. In July 2011 the company was bought by Turkish based Arçelik for US$324-million as part of its plan to expand into emerging markets in Africa.
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