THE Norwegian salmon farming company Cermaq has opened an ultra-modern new salmon processing factory in the Nordland region.
The plant, located in the community of Steigen, is said to be one of the country’s most efficient processing sites for salmon, and the first factory to be constructed in accordance with the industry 4.0 standard, which means it is geared up for full digitalisation.
Cermaq said it represents a new standard for the salmon industry and will create demand for a higher trained workforce in the region.
The inaugural ceremony was performed by Roy Angelvik, state secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries, who said: ‘I am impressed by Cermaq’s investment in this part of Norway, building up a future for the salmon industry and creating employment opportunities.’
More than 50 new jobs have been created by the multi-million kroner development.
Cermaq, which also has salmon operations in Chile and Canada, is owned by the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation, and produces around 187,000 tonnes a year worth more than a billion US dollars.
Knut Ellekjær, managing director of Cermaq, said: ‘This factory is one of a series of investments that the company has made in recent years, contributing to the development of the industry and creating stable employment along the coast.
‘With the opening of this factory, we are developing and strengthening the company for further growth.’
The new plant, which covers 12,000 square metres and can produce 270 tonnes per shift, has adopted full traceability for every fish, from the moment it enters the site until it is processed and packed in boxes.
Baader is main equipment supplier both in the processing factory and in the fillet line.
Picture: State Secretary Roy Angelvik opens the new Cermaq factory