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Mario Balotelli has a reputation for being both unpredictable on and off the football pitch, but it seems he may have finally found his feet – on the factory floor at the UK headquarters of Caldwell.

The Coventry-based firm has named its new robotic bifold testing facility after the footballer; and the company said the facility is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Tim Ferkin, director of sales and marketing at Caldwell, said: “We have launched a robotic bifold testing centre which tests the strength and durability of bifolding doors and their hardware. It’s been a huge investment of time and money for us and has taken months to get off the ground.

“Before we started officially using the facility, it was quite unpredictable and would perform one day but not the next. When we came to naming the facility, we said to the guys on the factory floor to throw their names into a hat.

“Due to it being so unpredictable in the initial stages, somebody suggested calling it Balotelli – and it’s stuck.”

Housed in Caldwell’s new on-site, dedicated bifold door testing facility, Balotelli tests every aspect of a bifold door including the sliding mechanisms and operation of the handles.

“The robot tests numerous bifold schemes each week against the everyday stresses the mechanisms and hardware will undergo, including hardware tests beyond the required 5,000 slide cycles and 50,000 turning cycles,” Tim said. “This ensures the door’s strength and durability and means our customers know they are always getting quality products when they buy from Caldwell.”

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