For more than 25 years, Vaki Aquaculture Systems has been a world leader in the development and marketing of hi-tech equipment for the aquaculture industry, supplying most of its products to more than 60 countries. It is best known for its fish counters of various types and equipment for measuring the size of live fish in farm pens. Over the past few years the company has grown rapidly and it now employs close to 50 people in its headquarters in Iceland and its subsidiaries in Norway and Chile. Salmon farming has expanded all over the world, with Norway in the lead, and those who are in a position to know best foresee further major growth in the years ahead. Vaki has set forth an ambitious future vision allowing for extensive growth potential and has now made changes in the company’s senior management to bring it into line with this vision.
Hermann Kristjánsson, founder and Managing Director of Vaki from the outset, will take the new role of CEO and withdraw from day-to-day operations and concentrate instead on the company’s further development, major product-development projects and contact with key customers. Benedikt Hálfdanarson, Vaki’s Director of Marketing for the past 20 years, is taking over as Managing Director and will be responsible for day-to-day operations. He described this as an exciting challenge and said he was grateful to the owners and board of the company for the trust they were placing in him. He stressed that he was by no means alone in bearing this responsibility, however, and that Vaki is fortunate in having excellent staff in all its positions. It is now planned to engage more employees and the search has begun for dynamic workers in the development division. A new Service Manager will also be taken on.
Huge potential in aquaculture
Vaki’s main growth point at the moment lies in leasing the Biomass Daily, its equipment for measuring the size of farmed fish. Many of the largest aquaculture enterprises in Norway, Scotland, Chile and Canada now lease the device, but the widespread view is that the market is far from saturated and a lot of potential exists for further expansion.
The Biomass Daily consists of frame-like sensors that are submerged in fish-farming pens. When fish swim through them, they interrupt a network of infra-red beams and so generate measurements of their length, height and width. Data on average weight, size distribution and growth history of the fish are then sent to a data cloud so they can be accessed and examined on the website biomassdaily.com.
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