Skaginn 3X nabs processing equipment contracts in South Korea, Russia
Akranes, Iceland-based seafood equipment manufacturer Skaginn 3X has signed pre-engineering contracts with two fishing companies in Russia and one in South Korea.
The contracts with Russian fishing companies Magadanryba and Yuzhno-Kurilskiy Rybokombinat, and with Hyeseung Fisheries in South Korea, expand Skaginn’s reach into Russia and Asia.
Skaginn 3X will be working with Magadanryba and Yuzhno-Kurilskiy Rybokombinat on the automation of their fish processing procedures. According to the firm, the firms were looking to adopt to changes in Russia’s labor market and capitalize on new technology to increase the quality, efficiency, and yield of their processing.
In South Korea, Hyeseung Fisheries has contracted with Skaginn 3X to develop a state-of-the-art onshore processing plant.
Combined, the contracts will amount to EUR 40 million (USD 44.8 million) in business once completed, Skaginn 3X Head of Sales Engineering Arnar Friðrik Albertson said in a press release.
“With the success of our recent onshore projects for Russian fish processors JSC Gidrostroy and V.I. Lenin, we have become an important partner to many of the companies in both Russia and Asia that are seeking to automate their processes and develop new modern facilities,” Albertson said. “Automation, better ergonomics, and faster, more efficient processing at a larger scale are all fields of expertise that Skaginn 3X has decades of experience with.”
The three contracts are all unique, requiring the company to personalize new technological solutions to custom projects, Albertson said.
“Modern fish processing requires automation and data processing to meet domestic and international market demands,” he said. “While automated turnkey systems have been a standard for the industry in certain areas for decades, it is only now becoming a necessity for many processors in Russia and Asia.”
The contract in South Korea is a milestone for Skaginn 3X, according to Albertson. Increased competition in the country’s domestic and export markets has forced more companies to look at updating and automating their processing facilities, and success with the Hyeseung project could lead to additional business, he said.
“The new contract with Hyeseung Fisheries promises to become an exciting project for our seafood processing experts,” Albertson said. “This is a team that has developed and implemented some very complex turnkey projects and it will be a pleasure for us to participate in the creation of such a groundbreaking facility.”
Photo courtesy of Skaginn 3X