Very soon the new Salten Salmon factory will be up and running. It is expected that to begin with 3,500 tons of salmon will be processed in these premises.
Tekst og foto, Salten Aqua
Everything has gone smoothly
Salten Salmon has only a few machines left to install before they can start using their new factory in Rønvikleira in Bodø.
– We are very excited about getting this finished and being able to start production. So far everything to do with the assembly has gone smoothly, says John Erik Rønning, general manager of Salten Salmon.
Process and quality control
In the past, the processing of the salmon that will now be produced here has been done abroad. This has consequently led to many of the associated resources moving out of the country. Rønning expects to produce up to 3,500 tons of finished goods in the first few years. But the potential of the factory is in the long run far higher.
– We are very keen to take over this part of the food chain. Being in control of the whole process is important for maintaining the quality we want for such a good raw product, says Rønning.
Automated and modern production
The first machines were moved into the premises on April 1 with everything due to be completed in only two weeks. This means that the factory’s 20 employees will soon start production of salmon fillet and salmon pieces, ready for export.
– This is the latest technology of its kind, so where we previously needed lots of human intervention, it largely runs automatically, says Rønning.
It means the removal of skin and bones is done by the machines. There will also be pictures taken of every piece of salmon goes through the process.
– It is pretty hard to believe, but every piece will be screened and recorded. Should there be any complaints about a product we will be able to enter to see if there has been any error on our part, says Rønning.
It also means that customers out in the world can find out when and where the dinner on the plate has grown up.
– It is pretty amazing what can be done today, says Rønning.