Scottish-based aquaculture technology supplier Ace Aquatec is branching out with the opening of a new division in Norway.
Based in Marineholmen in Bergen, the company’s Norwegian division will be led by regional manager Preben Imset Matre, BS Marine Biology & Aquaculture, who was previously head of Norway operations at aquaculture supplier Aquabyte.
Ace Aquatec has doubled in size over the past year and counts some of the world’s leading brands, including Scottish Sea Farms, Grieg Seafood, New Zealand King Salmon, Cooke Aquaculture, Sanford, Loch Duart and Denmark’s Musholm as customers.
Preben Imset Matre said: “Ace Aquatec is a market leader in aquaculture technology in the United Kingdom and has an impressive track record of innovation and product development. Their highly ethical and sustainable technology empowers fish farmers to improve and safeguard fish health and welfare without harming other marine life – something that is increasingly important in Norwegian aquaculture.”
The company will be rolling out its modular, mechanical sealice removal system in Norway in the first quarter of 2021 and will be launching a new 3D biomass camera system, for monitoring fish growth and welfare, later in the year.
Ace Aquatec CEO Nathan Pyne-Carter added: “The decision to expand into Europe and open an office in Norway was a logical step in our business growth strategy. Norway is home to some of the largest and most sophisticated farmed salmon producers in the world, as well as the best competence centers for research and development work, so it’s critical that we meet clients where they live to service them most effectively.”
Earlier this year, Ace Aquatec announced the opening of its first office in Chile. It has also received financial backing received backing from Dutch aquaculture specialist investor Aqua-Spark and Scottish technology entrepreneurs, and co-founders of 4J Studios, Chris van der Kuyl CBE and Paddy Burns.