Knox Nets secures £1m aquaculture contract – Fishfarmer Magazine

Knox Nets secures £1m aquaculture contract 28 April, 2014 –

A CONTRACT with Scottish Sea Farms, worth in excess of £1 million pounds, has been secured by Knox Nets, an SME business in Ayrshire. 

W & J Knox in Kilbirnie has worked closely with Scottish Sea Farms for a number of years as both companies are going through a healthy expansion period.

Scottish Sea Farms continues to expand its operations and will work with W&J Knox on maintenance and supply of new nets for the salmon fish farming cages required for its sites around Scotland.

Jim Gallagher, Managing Director, Scottish Sea Farms, commented: ‘We have a long standing relationship with W&J Knox and it is good to know that we are supporting independent Scottish businesses like this. 

‘We have been spending in excess of £1 million with this business for the past few years and are happy with both the quality of the product and the levels of customer service we receive.’

Scottish Sea Farms spent £700,000 in 2010, £1 million in 2011 and £1.5 million in 2012 and 2013 with the Ayrshire net company.

Managing Director of W&J Knox, Jim Traynor, commented: ‘We employ over 120 people here in Kilbirnie and with clients like Scottish Sea Farms we have managed steady growth over the past few years. 

‘With all the bad news stories regarding the recession we are delighted to be working with Scottish Sea Farms again in 2014.’

In February this year the two Scottish companies also announced a solution for the problem of used nets within the aquaculture industry.

They have jointly implemented a highly sustainable solution for aquaculture nets that have come to the end of their working life, using a new process by the Italian company Aquafil. 

Aquafil reprocesses disposed fishing nets to manufacture 100% regenerated ECONYL® fibres.  Cleaned and disinfected Scottish Sea Farms nets are received and processed at the ECONYL® waste treatment centre. 

The cleaned nylon waste is then shredded, compacted, bagged and transported to the ECONYL® regeneration plant.