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New Director of sales and Process Consulting manager

Industry veteran joins Valka as Director of Sales The newly appointed Director of Sales, Jon Birgir Gunnarsson, has previously played a big role in the growth and globalization of Icelandic Technology firms such as Marel, Controlant and Skaginn 3X. Continued growth with increased global reach and a call for the in-depth processing knowledge called [...]


Founder and CEO awarded

The focus continues to be on the agility and innovation spirit that shaped the company, where its founder and CEO Helgi Hjalmarsson will continue his involvement in customer interactions. Valka feels it is important to keep the customer intimacy ties strong as that is what has led to the impressive growth of Valka. The [...]


Valka to supply Salmar’s new InnovaNor plant

Valka will deliver the world’s most efficient processing system for whole salmon to SalMar’s new InnovaNor plant Norwegian salmon farmer SalMar has made an agreement with Valka to build and install state of the art salmon grading and packing systems for SalMar's InnovaNor processing plant in Lenvik in Troms Norway. SalMar aims to build [...]


Sigridur Olgeirsdottir appointed Director of Service

We're happy to announce that Sigríður Olgeirsdóttir has joined us, where she will lead the rapidly growing company's Service Division. For the past nine years, Sigríður was the COO of Íslandsbanki's and responsible for IT and Operations. She has also served on numerous boards of directors both in Iceland and abroad. She was the CEO [...]


Valka to supply fully automated fillet processing lines to Båtsfjordbruket

The roughly four MEUR contract includes two complete systems for trimming, cutting, distribution and packing of fillets and portions. Båtsfjordbruket, a subsidiary of the Nordic seafood group Insula AS, was established in 1981 and has a proud tradition as a conventional fish purchasing station and fillet factory. Meeting the demand with high-tech and cost-effective production [...]


Kim Andre appointed Sales manager for the Nordics

Kim André Gabrielsen, formerly of Lerøy Norway Seafoods, has been appointed new sales manager for Nordic countries. Gabrielsen, who served most recently as the director of operations at Norwegian Fish Company, has extensive experience dealing with Norway’s seafood sector. Prior to his work with Norwegian Fish Company, Gabrielsen also acted at the technical director for [...]


Optimization and AI to control production based on catch or harvest information

The fish processing industry has experienced dramatic increases in efficiency and profitability through automation. In the last 20 years, efforts have focused on the automation of the pre-processing, primary and secondary processing. Going forward there are significant opportunities in advanced software to further optimize production. Valka recently completed a feasibility study which was the first [...]


Valka to debut Cutter for pre-rigor Salmon at SPG in Brussels

This year, at the Seafood Processing Global in Brussels, Icelandic high-tech company Valka will debut a new version of their water-jet Cutter machine, explicitly designed to cut and remove pin bones from pre-rigor salmon as well as portioning the fillet. The new Valka Cutter machine for salmon will, like other Valka’s Cutter machines, increase the [...]


Valka and Murman Seafood sign new 10,3 m EUR factory deal

Valka has signed a contract with Murman Seafood Company to design and build a new processing plant in Kola city, south of Murmansk, Russia. The new plant is the first of its kind and is stated to be the most technologically advanced groundfish processing plant in the region. Featuring, Valka's signature state-of-the-art equipment and [...]


Samherji Chooses Valka to Supply Machinery for New Plant and Upgrades

Samherji Ltd have chosen Valka to supply machinery for their new high-tech production plant in Dalvik and to upgrade their existing ÚA plant in Akureyri. With a total worth of more than 20 million euros, the deal includes numerous machines for the fillet production that cover the entire production process, from filleting to palletized [...]