In what was dubbed as our “biggest ever presence” at the Aviemore exhibition, Gael Force Group has declared Aquaculture UK as hugely successful, with an excellent number of customer enquiries into our newly launched products to follow up on, a range of intriguing ideas shared via our innovation station to explore further, and a new Scottish Marine Aquaculture Award to celebrate.
On our main stand, there was plenty of amazement, and occasions of amusement, at our virtual reality demonstration of the new SeaFeed Steel Feed Barge design. The demonstration provided users with a highly impressive walkthrough of the new barge design, from the generators and blowers, under the silos, and up through the accommodation areas. The designs for the new range of barges have been progressing well with the first one expected to be built in Spring of 2019.
Positive comments were received for SeaFeed Pellet Detection which was being presented for the first time on one of our technology pods. The software, which has been tested thoroughly, is a standalone package for use with SeaSight cameras offering both visual and audio indication to the feed system operator to improve response time and to reduce wasted feed.
As we had hoped, visitors to our Innovation Station were forthright in sharing their challenges and ideas for development, and as the exhibition ended we were left mightily impressed by the number of concepts and thoughts we had discussed throughout the two days.
As a core part of our strategy, innovation remains important to us and we will continue to consider all options for product development with a view to developing a product roadmap which will create added value and improve profitability for our customers.
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On the Fusion Marine stand, Technical Sales Engineer Rhuaraidh Edwards was on hand to show off our brand new 3D printed model of the 500mm pen development. The 3D model turned heads at the exhibition, with a number of people keen to have a ‘play around’ with the parts.
Alongside our Triton 450 pen section, we were also demonstrating our mooring system, SeaQureMoor, with the highly popular SeaQure Link displayed on show.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for us all was Group Managing Director Stewart Graham winning the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry at the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.
Stewart was among well-known figureheads of the industry, and reacted to his win by commenting, “To be awarded winner of the Outstanding Contribution award came as a huge surprise to me, and I am very humble and grateful for the recognition the award brings. I am also grateful for the support our fantastic team at Gael Force has provided which has enabled me to be involved in the progressing of Vision 2030 and for my part in the AILG. I do wish to pay tribute to stalwarts of the industry and fellow nominees on the shortlist, including Scott Landsburgh for his incredible work and contribution over the years - we wish Scott all the very best in his retirement.”
A massive thank you to all those people to took the time to pop by our stands at Aquaculture UK. If you have any feedback or thoughts on how we might improve our attendance at future exhibitions, then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.