Saffet Arslan also worked his way up from an apprentice in the Old Industrial Zone. In 1981, together with his brother, he began to produce furniture on demand for the larger workshops, gradually building up a team specialised in sofas and armchairs. In 1986, he opened a retail outlet. In 1991, Saffet and his brother founded IPEK. By 1994, IPEK was advertising its furniture on national television and opened distribution points across Turkey. By 2004, IPEK had production space of 60,000 sq. meters in the New Industrial Zone, 2,600 staff (including in its franchises) and a turnover of US$ 82 million. It is today one of Turkey's largest furniture producers.