Fishing and processing group Brim has signed an agreement with Vélfag to buy the first UNO integrated system to be supplied to an Icelandic processor, and this will be installed at the company’s Kambur premises in Hafnarfjörður. As part of the deal, Brim has secured options for five more UNO systems.
The UNO concept has been under development by Vélfag for some years, and was introduced last year. The thinking behind it is straightforward – gutted whole fish go in at one end and skinless, boneless fillets emerge at the other, as each UNO unit comprises heading, filleting, pin bone removal and skinning – as well as routes for by-products.
‘This is the future for the Icelandic fishing industry: automation that reduces the number of human hands while increasing quality, speed, and performance. We are extremely pleased with this agreement and proud to be the first Icelandic company to implement this technology, thereby supporting technological progress in the fishing industry,’ said Hólmar Jóhann Hinriksson, director of the Kambur processing plant.
Kambur expects to take delivery of the UNO machine in the first quarter of 2024.
‘This is a significant milestone for us and a great recognition that Brim has invested in UNO and secured preemptive rights on five additional UNO machines,’ saidVélfag’s chief sales officer Ragnar Guðmundsson.
‘There is a immense interest and anticipation in the market for this solution. The machine revolutionises whitefish processing and represents one of the most significant technological advances in recent years.’