Cermaq’s new and modern processing factory for salmon was officially opened by State Secretary Roy Angelvik today.
“I am impressed by Cermaq’s investments in this region, building the future for the salmon industry and creating employment opportunities”, said State Secretary Roy Angelvik in his speech at the opening ceremony.
A new standard for the salmon industry
The factory is Norway’s most modern and efficient processing factory for salmon, and the first processing factory to be constructed in accordance with the industry 4.0 standard, and thus facilitated for full digitalization. It represents a new standard for the salmon industry and will create demand for higher competence workforce in the region, according to a press release from Cermaq.
«This factory is one of a series of investments that Cermaq has made the last years, contributing to the development of the industry and creating stable employment along the coast, said Knut Ellekjær, Managing Director of Cermaq Norway. “With the opening of this factory, we are developing and strengthening the company for further growth.”
Full traceability of every fish
The processing factory in Steigen has implemented full traceability of every fish, from entering the factory until it is processed and packed in boxes. Cermaq has high standards with regards to fish welfare and product quality. The set up for the new factory is constructed for gentle handling og the fish. This will make it easier for us to improve quality and meet stricter customer demands.
Close cooperation with the municipality
Steigen municipality, Northern Norway, has played an instrumental role in establishing the factory at Storskjæret, through facilitating the property and establishing the real estate company Storskjæret AS, which owns the factory buildings.
The factory, that employs 55 persons, is 12,000 square meters, and has a processing capacity of 270 tons per shift. In connection with the factory, a box factory has been established for direct production of packaging material. This contributes to reducing the transportation need, and provides a significant benefit for the environment.
In January 2019, a fillet line will be added in the factory, creating employment to additional six to ten persons.