Valka is to deliver what is seen as what will be the world’s most efficient processing system for whole salmon to SalMar’s new InnovaNor plant.
Norwegian salmon farmer SalMar has reached an agreement with Icelandic high-tech company Valka to build and install state of the art salmon grading and packing systems for SalMar’s InnovaNor processing plant at Lenvik in Troms in Northern Norway.
SalMar aims to build the world’s most efficient salmon factory by applying world class processes to reduce production costs, increase productivity, improve material handling and product quality. The new plant is expected to start production in the second half of 2021.
‘SalMar is at the forefront in its sector when it comes to production and efficiency and we are really pleased to be selected for this extensive and ambitious project. The project represents a meaningful step in strengthening Valka’s position in the salmon industry. It will be a challenging task, but we will do our utmost to meet and exceed the customer’s expectations,’ said Valka CEO Helgi Hjálmarsson.
The layout of equipment to be delivered by Valka includes fully automatic grading and distribution systems, in addition to integrated packing system with a processing capacity at a rate of up to 200 fish per minute. Valka’s software suite for controlling the entire production process from harvesting to dispatch of packed goods is also a part of the agreement.
‘Since our first meeting with Valka we experienced a high level of ambition, flexibility and a willingness to adapt to the thoughts, ideas and visions from SalMar to tailor the system to our needs,’ said Ole Meland, technical director at SalMar.
‘The InnovaNor plant will be the most advanced of its kind and we are excited to further work with Valka’s on this project which will change the industry.’