Samherji is equipped with the most advanced fish processing facilities.
Samherji's New Production Facilities at ÚA
Samherji's new facilities were taken into use last November at the premises of Útgerðarfélag Akureyringa (ÚA). One year passed from when a decision was made to demolish the old barracks and construct a new building.
"The new building is a very good addition to the factory here. The facility is designed to meet the strictest requirements for future processing of fish. This spacious house, has new automatic packing lines for both fresh and frozen products as well as a temperature controlled delivery hall, which contributes considerably to the handling of the products. It has taken time to adjust and learn to use all the new equipment, but the staff has been very positive and determined to make things work.“ said Gestur Geirsson, Director of Land based production of Samherji.
Samherji's new facilities public opening.
The new house was open to the public on 20th of December, at the same time as the Samherji community grants were announced. On this occasion Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson CEO said: "With this new building and the changes in the processing of our products, we are taking big steps in changing the future, with more options than ever before, of serving our customers with a wider range of products.
ÚA is an advanced white fish processing plant located in Akureyri, Samherji’s home town.
Útgerðarfélag Akureyringa employs about 150 people, whose work adds a considerable value to the product. One of the goals of these changes was to reduce the number of jobs that are physically demanding and to increase the safety and welfare of our staff. In that respect this project has been successful. With these changes, we continue to lead in fishing and processing of whitefish, not just in Iceland but in the world."
Mr. Baldvinsson said that Samherji is exporting more from the production plants than ever before. "In the year 2000 when we began land based production of cod in Dalvik we received 4,500 tonnes of fish a year. We now receive about 30,000 tonnes per year in the two plants here in Eyjafjörður."
The plant employs about 150 people and has a good reputation for producing quality fresh and frozen white fish for the European and other markets.
Mr. Baldvinsson said he was especially pleased that the new building has been designed and constructed by local technology and construction companies "in which the Icelandic ingenuity, together with the knowledge and experience of our own employees who have been decades in the fishing industry, were used. I believe we are equipped with the most advanced fish processing facilities for years to come.“ said Mr. Baldvinsson.
Operating in a system of resource management where the aim is sustainable fishing, Samherji, founded in 1983, is a leading seafood company in Iceland. Outside Iceland, Samherji has or takes part in operations in Germany, Poland, U.K., the Faroe Islands, Africa, Canada, France and Spain.
Samherji Ltd. is one of the largest companies in the Icelandic fish industry.
Samherji is a vertically integrated seafood company, controlling a significant volume of fishing quota, operating a powerful fleet of fishing vessels; freezer and fresh fish trawlers, as well as multi purpose vessels, white fish factories and fish farming. Samherji also runs extensive sales and marketing operations which are coordinated at the company´s head office.