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Icelandic president visits Marel in Seattle

08 May 2018

After a quick tour of Marel’s Seattle facility on Friday, 4 May 2018, Icelandic President Gudni Th. Johannesson joined visitors for a reception held in his honor.

Icelandic President Gudni Th. Johannesson and his wife Eliza Reid (center) flanked by Marel staff and guests at Marel Seattle, Friday May 4, 2018.Icelandic President Gudni Th. Johannesson and his wife Eliza Reid (center) flanked by Marel staff and guests at Marel Seattle, Friday May 4, 2018.


ICELANDIC PRESIDENT SUPPORTS “100% FISH”

President Johannesson addressed the audience, commenting that “When it comes to the future of fisheries, we need to think about innovation and sustainability, and there you can see the good work that Marel is doing.” The President also introduced the topic of 100% utilization – or “100% fish” as he called it – and voiced his full support of the concept.

When it comes to the future of fisheries, we need to think about innovation and sustainability, and there you can see the good work that Marel is doing.

– Icelandic President Gudni Th. Johannesson
 

A FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIPS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sigurdur Olason, Managing Director of Marel Fish, also spoke at the reception. He emphasized the role of Marel as a key link in the transformation of quality raw materials into products that fulfill the needs of the market. He said Marel positions itself as a strategic partner in food processing. “So it is in partnership with our customers that we are transforming the way food is processed,” he said. “Our vision is of a world where quality food is produced sustainably and affordably.”

Our vision is of a world where quality food is produced sustainably and affordably.

– Sigurdur Olason, Managing Director Marel Fish
 

Sigurdur also spoke about the transition now underway at Marel Seattle, as manufacturing is phased out and much more focus is placed on service and customer support. He said that as processing solutions become more and more complex, service is becoming more and more important. In recognition of this, Marel is boosting its service division and redesigning the facility to accommodate this new strategic emphasis.

Sigurdur emphasized the importance of Marel, as an equipment and software provider, working in partnership with seafood processors, as has been the case for many years now in Seattle and more widely in the United States. “Marel is proud to be part of the success of the Alaskan Pollock industry,” he said.


INVESTING IN SOFTWARE IN SEATTLE

Icelandic president visits Marel in Seattle

Sigurdur also spoke on the theme of technology and innovation, explaining advances in fish processing such as the second generation FleXicut machine, and how software is an increasingly integral part of state-of-the-art, hi-tech production systems as we enter Industry 4.0.

Marel is now exploring strategic partnerships and investment opportunities in software in the Seattle area and plans to build up a software development hub in Seattle. Sigurdur said Marel is looking to enhance the capability of its Innova Food Processing Software team with the addition of more software developers, product managers and business developers.

Marel, and Innova specifically, already have a strong foundation in Seattle with some of our largest customers based in the area. “There are exciting times ahead!” Sigurdur concluded.


OCEAN CLUSTER SETS OUT TO REACH 100% UTILISATION

Thor Sigfusson, founder and chairman of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, was also a guest speaker at the event. In his address, Thor highlighted the cluster’s goal of helping the industry reach 100% utilization of fish.

Earlier this month, Marel announced it was the first technology supplier to enter into a formal cooperation agreement with the Ocean Cluster, which brings people and businesses together from different parts of the marine sector to combine forces. The Seattle Ocean Cluster is now being established.