Fusion Marine, the Barcaldine-based business that manufactures state-of-the-art fish farming equipment, has secured a new contract from Scottish Sea Farms worth over £1m.
Work is already underway on the new contract which will see Fusion Marine supply Scottish Sea Farms, one of the country’s leading producers of responsibly farmed salmon, with 21 100mt fish pens from its Triton 450 range, along with associated equipment.
Specially developed by Fusion Marine to meet the demanding tidal and weather conditions experienced at more exposed locations, the Triton 450 fish pens are destined for two of Scottish Sea Farms’ Shetland-based sites – Teisti Geo and Dury – where their highly durable polyethylene and quality-assured jointing will help ensure the safety and security of salmon stocks.
Comments Stephen Divers, Managing Director at Fusion Marine: “This contract is a great example of how the growth of salmon farming has led the growth of our own product range. The sector is constantly enhancing its practices, and we have worked closely with Scottish Sea Farms and other producers to ensure we’re developing the technologies they need to farm sustainably. Quite simply, our product and service has to be as superior as theirs.”
Fusion Marine is one of 709 locally based companies from whom Scottish Sea Farms procured a record £1m worth of goods and services during 2017 – up £13.9m on 2016 and the result of a long-standing company policy to ‘buy Scottish’ wherever possible.
Explains Scottish Sea Farms’ Managing Director, Jim Gallagher: “The communities in which we farm are integral to our success, from their natural resources to their local workforces and businesses. It seems only fitting therefore that these same communities should derive maximum value in return; something we are proud to have grown again in 2017 – and will strive to continue growing in 2018 and beyond.”
As a whole, it’s estimated that salmon farming contributes £558m to the national economy in GVA and generates a total spend of £390m on local suppliers and services. However, it’s anticipated that the end benefit to Scotland will be even higher, with many suppliers like Fusion Marine going on to spend with other businesses local to them.
Says Iain Forbes, Director at Fusion Marine and lead contact for the project: “Hauliers, B&Bs, ferry travel, generators, welfare units and sundries – each and every pen we install for Scottish Sea Farms generates business both for the area local to us and the remote communities in which we work. Often, this is for months at a time during winter when revenue from tourism is traditionally lower.”