Jón Birgir Gunnarsson, director of sales and marketing at Valka Photo: ValkaJón Birgir Gunnarsson, director of sales and marketing at Valka Photo: Valka

Valka is to supply a fish processing system capable of handling 140 salmon per minute for Hardanger Fiskeforedling.

The system will be put to use at Hardanger Fiskeforedling’s expanded plant in Langevåg, Norway when it reopens in 2022. The new 4,400m2 plant will have an expected capacity of 250 tonnes per day (450,000 tonnes per year).

“This will be one of the world’s most advanced salmon processing facilities,” said Jón Birgir Gunnarsson, director of sales and marketing at Valka.

“We look forward to realising this state-of-the-art plant,” he continued. “Our system analyses, grades and packs the salmon effectively, and advanced hardware and software secures quality control throughout the whole process. This will result in higher yield, lower cost, high efficiency and optimal quality.”

Valka is based in Iceland and Norway, supplying the seafood industry with processing solutions for salmon, flatfish and whitefish. The delivery includes fully automatic grading and distribution systems in addition to an integrated packing system.

This year, Valka and Marel announced they would merge companies. “We are waiting for an answer from the Icelandic competition authorities,” said Jón Birgir Gunnarsson. “Our focus is to continue to create value for our customers with solutions that transform and automate fish processing.”

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