Oskar Oskarsson, Sales Manager, Marel; Jon Birgir Gunnarsson, Head of Sales and Marketing, Skaginn 3X; Bjorgvin Vilbergsson, Sales Engineer, Marel.
FleXicut Marine to be Installed Aboard HB Grandi
HB Grandi has signed a deal with Marel for a FleXicut system and packing graders to be installed aboard its new freezer trawler. Marel has sold more than 30 FleXicut machines since the revolutionary pinboner and portioner was introduced in 2014 and this is the fifth sale of the onboard version.
The complete FleXicut system will perform onboard processing of boneless fillets and enable HB Grandi to increase its value-added production.
FleXicut combines high precision bone detection with water-jet cutting for pinbone removal and further portioning of the fillet.
The FleXicut Marine machine aboard the new trawler will X-ray each fillet, evaluate its weight, detect pinbones and use water jets to cut them out of the fillet. Rotating knives will then portion the fillet according to set criteria.
FleXicut improves yield and quality while reducing labor costs. As the second generation of FleXicut emerges, greater interconnectivity and new features are improving results all the way through processing, while the reliability of existing systems is further fueling the constantly growing interest in FleXicut from the industry.
This automation of whitefish bone detection and removal reduces the need for skilled labor, and greatly improves overall yield and quality.
Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Gijon, S.A. is handling the construction of the new freezer trawler and the Marel installation will take place in Q3 2018.
Marel is the leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries. The company's brands – Marel, Stork Poultry Processing and Townsend Further Processing – are among the most respected in the industry and together, they offer the convenience of a single source to meet its customers’ every need.
Marel is a multinational company, with over 4,000 employees worldwide. Marel has offices and subsidiaries in over 30 countries on six continents, a global network of over 100 agents and distributors, and manufacturing facilities in 16 locations worldwide, working side-by-side with its customers to extend the boundaries of food processing performance.
About HB Grandihf
HB Grandi is one of Iceland’s largest seafood companies. The company has a long history and extensive experience and expertise in the utilisation of natural resources and fish production, which is reflected in all its activities. The company focuses on sophisticated fishing and processing technology and continuous production development. The company produces high-quality products from the fresh wild fish caught in Icelandic waters. Respect for the environment and the marine ecosystem is the basis for all activities at HB Grandi, and every effort is made to respect the resource and operate responsible fisheries, for the benefit of future generations. HB Grandi emphasises corporate social responsibility, as it has always been the goal of the company that all its activities reflect its responsibility towards the marine resources and the community.
HB Grandi is engaged in the fishing and processing of groundfish and pelagic fish.
The company employs approximately 800 people at sea and on land. The products are sold all over the world, with the largest markets being Europe, Asia and North America.
HB Grandi has integrated operations in fishing, processing and marketing in order to promote efficient production and ensure an unrestricted pathway from catch to markets. It is easy to trace the route of the product from delivery all the way back to the sea. The key to the company's success lies in its excellent staff, both at sea and on land, who are committed to delivering quality products to buyers and consumers.