Vélfag continues to expand and has now purchased a building at Cuxhavengata 1 in Hafnarfjörður to support and boost the service in the Reykjavík area. We are very proud to take this step to expand the company and fulfill our machinery market needs and top-notch service.
,,Vélfag strives to build a strong service network to maintain the level of service we continuously want to provide. Therefore, opening a service department in the capital area is crucial for a growing company like Vélfag. "
- Silfá Huld Bjarmadóttir - Marketing Manager
Vélfag is expanding and has opened an office in Urðarhvarf 8 in Kópavogur.
The office is centrally located near Reykjavik and will host sales, service & development.
These offices inspire our people to strive for excellence every day.
They reflect the innovative solutions and high quality we aim to deliver to our customers worldwide.
Vélfag and DFFU in Germany has just signed a contract for new fish processing equipment onboard in a new build vessel Berlin.
Baldvin Þorsteinsson the managing director of DFFU and Ragnar Guðmundsson CSO Of Vélfag sealed the deal in Barcelona Seafood Expo.
Vélfag has invested in a new CTX beta 800 TC turning and milling machine with a Robo2Go Robot from DMG MORI.
Due to the increased number of projects, we are absolutely excited about the new machine, a superior technology that will increase production to new heights.
The CTX beta 800 has a new ultra-compact patented turn-mill spindle compactMASTER and 48 tools along with the modular design of the Robo2Go 2nd Generation with maximum flexibility in workpiece handling.
It was suitable to name the robot Gunni Sigvalda which has greatly influenced Vélfag since 1994. Vélfag wants to honor Gunni in this way and thank him for having faith in Vélfag at the time and being a loyal customer with great opportunities for Vélfag since its establishment.
The Vélfag team was in Premium of Iceland with BIM Ireland's Seafood Development Agency to test Irish haddock and Hake on the M705 computer-controlled filleting machine.
BIM and Vélfag started discussing possibilities filleting-wise for the Irish market a few years ago, which is different from the Icelandic one as the Ireland species are more miniature and extra sensitive. Therefore, the M705 is a relevant fit for the Irish material, both utilization and capacity-wise.
Since then, the Vélfag machines have excelled in Ireland, and the customers are expanding. There are already two Vélfag fish processing lines in Ireland, and another one will be delivered in May this year.
Vélfag and Nesfiskur have signed an agreement for two M505 headers,
an M705 computer-controlled filleting machine with M825 combined skinning machine,
on board in the 1-year-old freezer trawler, Baldvin Njálsson GK 400.
Baldvin Njálsson is a factory trawler that caught over 8000 tons of fish last year.
Next September, the equipment will be installed in the 66-meter vessel in Slippurinn Akureyri.
Vélfag is very proud to have signed the agreement, and we look forward to the collaboration
Vélfag has signed an agreement with the shipbuilder Westcon Yard AS in Norway to provide two UNO solutions on board in Bluewild's super trawler ECOFIVE. The machines are custom-made to their needs with pin bone removal, filleting, and skinning, and the first phase of the machinery will be delivered along with a heading machine at the end of summer 2023.
The vessel design is based on what the manufacturers have called the ECOFIVE concept, where sustainability, efficiency, and quality are of prime importance. New propeller technology, new trawl handling, ecological pumping of the catch, and innovative processing technology will revolutionize the trawler's profit margin and environmental footprint.
Uno is an all-in-one concept that replaces several machines and revolutionizes whitefish processing as it is known today. In 2024 the entire concept is expected to be ready, where gutted fish are going in at one and skinless, boneless fillets emerging from the other.
UNO one-solution processing includes a heading, filleting, pin bone removal, skinning, and quality control which evaluates whether the fillets need further trimming after the processing.Therefore, it either goes directly to packaging past the cosmetic line or further processing.
Placing all the elements in a single unit shortens the entire process and requires significantly less space than the standard arrangement of lining up several machines in a row. In addition, the energy requirement is lower, less water requirement, less manpower, and by solving the process with one solution, Vélfag removes the problems of conveyors from one section to the next.The outcome is the freshest product possible while respecting nature, which is an essential fit for ECOFIVE.
,, We consider Vélfag as a Company with ideas and products that match Our visions regarding future sustainably fishery activities. Our decision to purchase the UNO-machines will give us competitive advantages and the possibility to maintain or increase Our position.
We recognize Velfag as a first mover in developing fish factory equipment;
(A first mover is a company that gains a competitive advantage by being the first to bring a new product or service to the market. First movers typically establish strong brand recognition and customer loyalty.)“
CCO - BlueWild
Vélfag is very proud to have signed the agreement, and we look forward to the collaboration.
Reynir B. Eiríksson has been appointed managing director of Vélfag ehf. Reynir takes over from Bjarmi Sigurgardsson and Ólöf Ýr Lárusdóttir.
Reynir has worked for Vélfag as a production manager. Reynir has long experience in management as the manager of Ferrozink and production manager at Norðlenska and Skinnaiðnaði.
"Vélfag is an interesting company, and I am happy to be able to participate in its further development." Reynir looks forward to helping the company expand into new markets while continuing to deliver a high level of customer service to its customers. "I have great faith in Vélfag; exciting times are ahead, and I am convinced that Vélfag can become extremely strong."
Recently, a change has also been made to the company's management team, which will include, in addition to Bjarmi as the development manager, Sigrún Á. Sigmundsdóttir finance manager, Reimar Viðarsson service manager and Ragnar Guðmundsson sales manager.
Bjarmi and Ólöf, the founders of Vélfag, have been the managers since 1995. "We are pleased to hand the reigns over to the new team of talented and experienced managers. We consider this a vital step for Velfag on its long journey into a promising future. As we let go of day-to-day operations, we can focus entirely on Velfag's product development."
At first, Vélfag mainly provided service in the fishing industry but quickly developed into a production company with development as its driving force. It is safe to say that Vélfag has put a lot of ambition and effort into its production and service, which has yielded outstanding results.
Finnbogi Baldvinsson is the chairman of the board of Vélfag. "Vélfag is a strong company rooted in seafood industry experience and has great growth potential. Hiring the new management team strengthens the company significantly," says Finnbogi. "In my opinion, Vélfag is a well-kept secret in the Eyjafjörður area. It has delivered incredible development and products compared to its size. The company's foundations have become very strong, necessary in the exciting times ahead."
The crew members on Ilivileq are thrilled with the Vélfag machinery after one of the most significant and valuable catches to be landed in an Icelandic Harbor.
Ilivileq docked in Reykjavík last Friday with one of the most significant and valuable catches to be landed in an Icelandic Harbor.
The total catch was 2000 tons, thereof 700 tons of frozen cod fillets that ran smoothly through M700 & M725.
"We are overjoyed with the Vélfag machinery, which operates 24/7 with the best possible yield. It is crucial to have two filleting machines in tours like this, " said Matthías Leifsson, a shift leader on board.
The vessel is tailor-made with two fully integrated processing lines. The system includes two computer-controlled M505 heading machines that scan and measure the fish for arc cut to get the most valuable meat on the neck without compromising the filleting process. The filleting machines are M700 for small to medium fish and the advanced M725 for large fish. Both filleting machines are combined with Vélfag's skinning equipment to maximize throughput and uptime.
Sólberg ÓF-1 set an all-time record for catch revenue in the Icelandic fleet, which ran smoothly through Vélfag machinery.
The freezer trawler Sólberg ÓF-1 docked in Siglufjörður yesterday morning with about 600 tons of cod, 130 tons of pollock, and 100 tons of haddock. The vessel has now achieved the highest catch value in one year among Icelandic trawlers since the very beginning. More than 12 thousand tons have been processed from the ship during the year, which ran smoothly through seven machines from Vélfag. The value of the catch altogether is over 46 million Euros.
For the best possible utilization, quality, and uptime, Rammi hf chose the following machinery for their 79.8-meter super trawler; 3x M500 heading machines, 1x M700 filleting machine with combined M800 skinning machine and 1x computer-controlled M725 big fish filleting machine with M825 skinning machine combined.
A few words from the crew members:
"For many years we have worked with different types of fish processing equipment, where we‘ve experienced that maintenance is different between manufacturers. We highly recommend the Vélfag machinery as their uptime and quality are the best we‘ve ever experienced."
- Sölvi Lárusson and Aðalbjörn Frímansson, Mechanics at Sólberg ÓF-1