New salmon processing plant opened by Cermaq
Cermaq’s new salmon processing factory in Steigen, Norway, has been officially opened by State Secretary Roy Angelvik, with the minister praising the company’s contributions to the local economy.
“I am impressed by Cermaq’s investments in this region, building the future for the salmon industry and creating employment opportunities,” he said.
The 12,000 square meter factory employs 55 people and has a processing capacity of 270 metric tons (MT) per shift. Moreover, Cermaq claims that the new facility is Norway’s “most modern and efficient processing factory” for salmon, and the first plant to be constructed in accordance with the industry 4.0 standard and facilitated for full digitalization.
It provides full traceability of every fish – from entering the factory until it is processed and packed in boxes.
“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.”
In January 2019, a fillet line will be incorporated within the factory, creating employment for an additional six to 10 people.