13/06/17 Updated 11/02/19

G.Run signs major deal for FleXicut lines with Marel

Icelandic processor G.Run to open new facility in 2018 with two FleXicut machines.

Marel and Icelandic fish processor G.Run have signed a major contract for equipping the processor’s soon-to-be-expanded processing facility in Grundarfjordur, Iceland.

Gudmundur Runolfsson hf., also known as G.Run, will be expanding and updating its facility significantly, with a new 2000m2 building expected to be ready late in 2018.

The Marel installation will include two FleXicut pinboning and portioning machines, a FleXitrim flowline and two packing lines.

G.Run held a golf tournament on June 9 to celebrate the signing of the agreement earlier that day. The ground for the new building was broken the following day by dozens of local children, but that’s not the only way the project is groundbreaking, as this will be the first time FleXicut is used for processing redfish.

“One FleXicut line will process redfish and the second line will be for cod and similar species, so that we can process both at the same time,” G.Run CEO Gudmundur Smari Gudmundsson explains.

FleXicut removes pinbones in whitefish—now including redfish!—and can also divide the loin, cut the belly flap or tail, and portion the fish to customer specifications. It then distributes products into up to eight product streams.

“Once the facility is up and running, we expect to raise throughput from around 20 tons per day to around 30 or 35 tons – without needing to hire additional staff,” says Gudmundsson. “The FleXicut line is also exciting because it will increase the primary product ratio, and this is of huge value to us.”

FleXicut systems have now been installed in several Icelandic processing facilities, as well as further afield in Europe and North America, and the results are outstanding – with processors reporting improvements in product quality and efficiency, as well as greater potential for new product development.

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