The Prime Minister met with Marel CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson and Local Manager of Marel in Iceland, Gudbjörg Heida Gudmundsdóttir, and received a tour of Marel’s operations in Gardabaer.
The visit to Marel is part of the Prime Minister’s two-day official state visit to celebrate the centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty.
During the tour of Marel’s headquarters, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to learn more about Marel’s global operations as well as the company’s operations in Denmark.
At Marel Denmark, close to 600 employees in four locations design, manufacture, sell and service advanced food processing solutions and software to customers in the poultry, meat and fish industries.
Marel has strong ties to Denmark where its presence has grown over the years to 600 employees in four locations.
In Aarhus, Marel has a dedicated innovation center as well as a manufacturing facility with approximately 250 employees. Another 320 employees are based in Støvring and Holbæk, where Marel has sales and service hubs to support its customers across the whole world.
In 2013, Marel launched a new location in Denmark when it opened Progress Point, a state-of-the-art demo center in Copenhagen.
Since its opening, more than 11,000 customers and other visitors have visited Progress Point to see Marel’s high-tech equipment in real-life plant scenarios during customized client demos and industry ShowHows.
In becoming a global leader in its field, Marel has benefited from Danish engineering skills and innovation capabilities.
The acquisition of Carnitech in 1997, and in particular the acquisition of Scanvaegt in 2006, enabled better global reach for sales and services which had a significant impact on Marel’s revenues and market share.
Marel was also proud to host the joint meeting of the Future Committee and the Growth Forum at the same time.
The Future Committee and Growth Forum are both Icelandic parliamentary committees where parties form the public and private sector discuss technological disruptions, long-term developments in nature and democracy, and growth prospects for the Icelandic economy.
Attendees included the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Smári McCarthy, Parliamentary Member and the Chairman of the Future Committee, Ragna Árnadóttir, deputy CEO of Landsvirkjun and Chairman of the Growth Forum, as well as other representatives from the Icelandic business life, government, and political parties.
The visit to Marel came to an end when Árni Oddur gave the Prime Minister a gift; a set of handmade Icelandic birds carved from wood by craftsman Úlfar Sveinbjörnsson.
Like Marel, Úlfar’s Icelandic birds have traveled wide and far, and can be found as decoration at Marel facilities worldwide.