On Wednesday, 22 April 2009, Vaki received the President of Iceland's Export Award for achievement in the exporting of Icelandic products and services to overseas markets.
On Wednesday, 22 April 2009, Vaki received the President of Iceland's Export Award for achievement in the exporting of Icelandic products and services to overseas markets. The presentation took place at a special ceremony at the presidential residence in Bessastaðir. Hermann Kristjánsson, Vaki's CEO, accepted the award from the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. When candidates for the award are considered, particular attention is given to the value generated by the exports, the proportion of exports to total sales and the marketing of products to new areas. Entitled "Rapids and Waterfalls", this year's award was a fish made from Icelandic basalt by the artist Lísa K. Guðjónsdóttir; the fish symbolises strength, agility and flexibility - qualities that can also be seen as characteristics of Vaki as a company.
A team effort
Hermann Kristjánsson says the award is primarily thanks to Vaki's strong team with their many-faceted skills, education and extensive experience. In addition the company has always had a very clear aim: to be a leader in the field of counting and sizing farmed fish. In order to achieve this, Vaki has a direct policy of ongoing product development in collaboration with fish farmers. Accepting the award, Hermann said he was doing so on behalf of the wide group of people who had contributed to Vaki's development over the years including its present and past employees and the commitment and support given by subcontractors and partners both in Iceland and abroad.
A long and well established pedigree
For over 20 years, Vaki has been a world leader in the field of counting and measuring farmed fish. Beginning with the Bioscanner Counter and continuing with the development of new ideas and technologies into a range of products supplied to more than 50 countries. Around 96% of Vaki´s turnover consists of export earnings, the main market areas being Norway, Scotland, Chile and Canada, together with the Mediterranean countries. Vaki are also looking for expansion into the developing fish farming industries in Australia, Asia and Russia.
The continued success of Vaki has allowed the company to look at larger and more challenging projects such as the recently concluded contract with Marine Harvest Scotland for the new Vaki Biomass Daily System. Based on Vaki's Biomass Counter for measuring the size of live fish in cages and pens. Biomass Daily also uses a web based reporting system to allow the sales staff, managers and any authorised staff within the fish farming company to obtain up to the minute, comprehensive information on size and growth for all the fish in all the cages in all farms within the organisation. Biomass Daily in now in operation on fish farms in Scotland, Norway and Chile and Vaki continue to expand the system to offer more features to give ever more valuable information to allow the users to make better informed decisions based on real data.