Akureyri-based shipyard Slippurinn has acquires the premises and assets of engineering company Martak, located in the port of Grindavík in the south of Iceland.
There has been a long track record of co-operation between the two companies. Martak as for more than forty years been a leader in systems for the fishing sector, notably in shrimp processing installations, although in recent years the focus has been more on whitefish handling. In addition to its base in Grindavík, Martak also has a branch in Canada.
‘There have been rapid advances in technology in recent decades in every aspect of food production, which have led to better yields and higher quality,’ said Slippurinn managing director Páll Kristjánsson.
‘Iceland is a leader in this field, particularly in seafood. Among the reasons for this are the close co-operation between companies in the tech sector.’
He commented that Slippurinn and Martak have co-operated closely, both in Iceland and overseas.
‘I see this as a positive and logical step, and look forward to working with Martak’s highly competent staff. For Slippurinn it’s important to have an effective branch close to the capital region, where there is a highly active fisheries sector and linked businesses. We can now offer current and new customers even better service close to home, while also expanding Slippurin’s sphere of activity. Let’s say that we are responding to requests from our customers.’
He added that over the last few years Slippurinn has been taking on increasingly extensive projects connected to the aquaculture sector, and with this acquisition aims to expand this side of its activities in the region.