Written by the Editorial Team of Aquaculture Magazine
The Faroe Islands Company Vónin, a premier developer and manufacturer of aquaculture equipment and fishing gear, has announced the takeover of Mørenot Scotland, which has been renamed Vónin UK and will trade as Vónin Scotland. For them, this strategic step is a significant boost to their strong presence in the Scottish aquaculture market and underscores their deep commitment to this industry.
Hjalmar Petersen, CEO of Vónin, shared his excitement about this milestone: “This takeover marks a landmark moment in our history. We have steadily grown our presence in Scotland, emerging as a key supplier in the local aquaculture industry. With Vónin Scotland, we’re not just consolidating our position but also gearing up to bring even more innovation and excellence to the market.”
David Goodlad, Managing Director at Vónin Scotland, is equally enthusiastic about this new chapter. “Becoming part of Vónin opens fantastic new opportunities. The combination of Vónin’s strong market reputation and our local know-how is a powerful one. We’re looking forward to an exciting future and achieving great things together.”
Mørenot Scotland, with its impressive operations in Scalloway in Shetland and Scalpay on the Hebrides, and a dedicated team of 28 employees, perfectly reflects Vónin’s ethos of delivering exceptional quality and service. As specialists in manufacturing and servicing nets and moorings for aquaculture, Mørenot Scotland has been a prominent name in the region, and now, as Vónin Scotland, it’s set to reach new heights.
Since its founding in 1969 in the Faroe Islands, Vónin has grown from local roots into a global force in aquaculture and fishing solutions, known for its high-quality products tailored for challenging conditions. The takeover of Mørenot Scotland is yet another step in Vónin’s journey of expansion and commitment to the global aquaculture industry.
This major developer and manufacturer of high-quality fishing gear and aquaculture equipment has branches in Norway, Greenland and Canada, plus a production facility in Lithuania, in addition to several specialized locations in the Faroe Islands and a highly international client base.
What started in 1969 as a venture to produce fishing equipment for the local fleet, set up by a group of fishermen, Vónin has grown into one of the Islands’ major exporters as its focus expanded from working solely with the home fleet. Vónin has developed from relatively modest local roots, into a highly specialized and genuinely international operation with a wealth of expertise and experience behind it.
Working closely together with the industry
As aquaculture and fisheries have become increasingly more demanding and competitive industries, Vónin has responded by developing hard-wearing, high-strength materials to its own specifications, developing its own range of reliable products. “By working closely together with the industry we have attained a high level of product quality, and we are very proud of our achievements,” they say.
All innovation and trials are undertaken in close co-operation with the industry so that the ideas coming from either their highly skilled staff or the clients themselves can be considered, tried in their computer simulators and then scaled down to be tried in flume tanks. When they feel that they have reached an optimal result, the designs and the products are tested out at sea by their own experts and experienced clients.
The members of Vónin are convinced they have a longstanding commitment to minimizing waste in its own production, as well as providing its customers with gear that will last – which consequently results in keeping waste to the lowest possible level.
“Our aim is to supply the highest quality products that function with maximum efficiency, therefore allowing fishing companies to keep fuel consumption and therefore emissions as low as possible. As we increase our focus on sustainability, we are also placing an ever-greater emphasis on being part of a supply chain that produces minimal waste of resources in return for maximum production of protein from the sea”, they say.