The visit to Progress Point was part of the president's official state visit to Denmark. With the president were the first Lady, Ms. Eliza Reid, and a delegation of 30 executives from Iceland and Denmark, including the Icelandic Ambassador in Denmark.
The presidential couple came to Progress Point on Wednesday afternoon and was welcomed by the 5 year old Aiden Nicolai Liltorp, son of Martin Liltorp, Technical Manager in Progress Point. Aiden gave the first lady a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
The presidential couple was greeted by Árni Oddur Thórdarson, CEO of Marel, and his wife Eyrún Magnúsdóttir, Ásthildur Otharsdóttir, Chairman of the Board of Marel, Sigurdur Ólason, Managing Director Marel Fish, Lars Joker, General Manager Marel Salmon, and Henrik Ladefoged, Managing Director Marel Denmark.
In his welcome speech, Árni Oddur emphasized the good partnership and friendship between Iceland and Denmark:
“Important part of Marel's operation is based in Denmark where we have over 500 employees working in innovation and manufacturing in four different locations. Denmark is also the home of our training and demonstration center, Progress Point, a venue where we welcome guests, customers and employees from all around the world,” Árni Oddur said.
During a short tour around the demonstration hall, the presidential couple was introduced to Marel’s cutting edge technology within fish processing.
Before they went on their next event on their busy schedule, Árni Oddur revealed a gift for them; a glass sculpture by Danish artists Britta Madsen and Soren Gottrup from Stovring which symbolizes Marel’s vision of transforming the way food is processed in partnership with our customers.