The rise of robotics
In his welcome address, Sigurdur Ólason, EVP Marel Fish, talked about the rise in robotics and digitalization across the industry, and how this is leading to the development of new ways to make the most of the raw materials. He said it’s no coincidence that Marel has doubled its investment in software R&D in the past year alone.
Sigurdur summed up the purpose of the showhow by saying, “We’re at the forefront of the industry, and we need your input to create the future and transform the way food is processed – that’s what today is about.”
The benefits of digitalisation
Guest speaker Freyr Thórdarson, Senior Vice President DNB, addressed emerging trends and challenges in the seafood industry. Talking about the inevitability of a much more automated future, he said, “Digitalization isn’t a challenge as such, it’s just something businesses now have to do now.”
Freyr linked a number of megatrends—technological breakthroughs, demographics, urbanization, climate change, transparency and shifting economic power—to the fish processing industry, and outlined why processors need to embrace automation. He gave examples of the benefits of digitalization, including better market access, more transparent processing, and overall cost saving.