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The strategic course for global growth has been set to success with the acquisition of Stadpipe, a Norwegian company specialising in equipment for aquaculture facilities.

This is a decisive step for more pronounced growth in the aquaculture market. Because the products of land-based fish farms will be in high demand in future, firstly due to population growth and the microplastics problem, and secondly, thanks to the sustained trend towards healthy eating and concerns about the overfishing of the world’s oceans.

Unique offering in the market

The market for land-based fish farms is not just relatively new. It is also a market that has not yet been divided up or highly regulated so far. This offers a great opportunity, since, following the integration of Stadpipe, SIMONA is the only vendor within the market to offer equipment for fish farms that includes pipes, fittings and sheets. That is why our ambitious yet realisable goal is to make the Aquaculture business line into a profitable, strategically relevant and well-known part of the SIMONA family and the market for aquaculture. Our main target groups are technology suppliers and equipment vendors for RAS facilities and turnkey fish farms.

RAS systems

In the last few decades, the recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) has become increasingly established in the fish farming segment. Unlike net cage systems on the open sea, RAS methods offer numerous ecological and economic benefits despite the high investment costs. Water consumption is much lower, there is less strain on vulnerable eco-systems, and productivity is much higher thanks to stocking density and feeding rate.

By sharing information with our business partners, we can be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to new builds or upgrades

Expertise in fish farming facilities essential

The acquisition has combined two product ranges: that of SIMONA Stadpipe and the comprehensive SIMONA range. This will allow us to offer a wide range of standard and customised pipes, fittings and sheet material. The crucial factor for success in this market is all-round expertise. If you are familiar in detail with the processes involved in aquaculture facilities to be upgraded or built from scratch, you will have the basis necessary to offer the right products – the kind of products that make the difference and add value.

Our aim is to put this expertise on a broad footing and reproduce it in the SIMONA Group through successful international projects. At the same time, we need to go wherever the demand emerges. That’s why it is extremely important to nurture our contacts to globally operating OEMs, to know where and when aquaculture facilities are going to be built or upgraded and to know who the decision-makers are. In this context, our valued business partners will continue to play a key role, because both parties benefit from this partnership thanks to information sharing and the mutual development of customer potential.

Proportion of aquaculture in total fish catch growing continuously

Fish can make a sustainable contribution to feeding the growing world population. In recent years, per capita consumption has increased constantly. Whereas the wild fish catch is stagnating, aquaculture is continually increasing and already stands at 50 per cent of the worldwide catch. By focusing on equipping land-based fish farming systems, SIMONA is contributing to the continued increase of the aquaculture catch. The company’s long-term prospect is to become a global player in this market.

Fish consumption and aquaculture

  • From 1961 to 2017, the consumption of fish and seafood increased by 3.1 % per annum on average, outpacing population growth (1.6 %).
  • Per capita consumption rose from 9 kg in 1961 to 20.5 kg in 2018.
  • China is by far the world’s largest producer of fish and seafood, accounting for almost 58 % of global production in 2018.
  • Other major producing countries are India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Egypt and Norway.
Source: Information website Aquakulturinfo – Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inshore Fisheries (IGB)

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