Tuesday, June 16, 2015

16/06/2015: BioMar chooses Karmøy for a new high-efficiency production line

The new production line in Norway will boost capacity by at least 140,000 tonnes/year

One of the world's biggest and most efficient facilities

Having considered a number of very attractive location options for the capacity expansion in Southern and Central Norway, the winning candidate was the company’s existing plant at Karmøy. The new production line will come on stream in the second quarter of 2017, making the factory one of the biggest and most efficient fish feed production facilities in the world.

Believes in long-term growth
In 2014, the available Norwegian market for feed shrank and the margins achieved came under pressure as a consequence of Marine Harvest’s launch of its own feed production operation. 

“We must expect the market to undergo short-term fluctuations. At BioMar, we take the long view and are investing for future growth in Norway that we are firmly convinced will come. We have already reached maximum capacity and if we want to continue to develop, further investment will be required,” says Jan Sverre Røsstad, BioMar Vice President responsible for the BioMar Group’s activities in Norway and the UK.
In the vanguard of development
“The Norwegian aquaculture industry leads the field in terms of technological development,” says Røsstad. 

“The forthcoming investment at Karmøy will equip the factory with state-of-the-art process technology, technology that leads the field. As well as boosting our capacity and supporting our product development the investment will also further enhance our production and logistics efficiency,” he concludes.

BioMar Group takes a long-term view of the salmon markets
“Although BioMar Group is aiming for further growth in new geographical areas, this does not change our long-term commitment to the salmon markets, which will continue to be of key importance to us. Hence our further development in Norway will play a crucial part in the overall development of BioMar Group,” comments Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.

The BioMar Group is one of the leading suppliers of high-performance fish feed to the global aquaculture industry. Currently, BioMar operates 11 fish feed factories in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica. Roughly one out of five farmed fish produced in Europe and South and Central America is fed with BioMar fish feed. Worldwide, BioMar Group supplies feed to around 60 countries and to more than 30 different fish species. The BioMar Group is wholly owned by the Danish industrial group Schouw & Co, which is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

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