SalMar contracts with Valka for state-of-the-art salmon grading and packing system

Published on
January 22, 2020

Iceland-based processing technology developer Valka has contracted with Norway’s SalMar to provide it with a state-of-the-art salmon grading and packing system.

Valka will build and install the new system for SalMar's InnovaNor processing plant in Lenvik in Troms Norway, the companies confirmed in a press release. The installation will help support SalMar’s mission 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 company said.

Production is expected to begin during the second half of 2021, with Valka delivering a fully-automatic grading and distribution system as well as an integrated packing system featuring a processing capacity of up to 200 fish per minute. Additionally, as part of the agreement with SalMar, Valka’s software suite for controlling the entire production process, from harvesting to dispatch of packed goods, will be included.

"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. 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," SalMar Technical Director Ole Meland said.

“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,” Valka CEO Helgi Hjálmarsson added.

Photo courtesy of Valka

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