Now Gael Force ex­pands to Canada

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FAST grow­ing In­ver­ness based Gael Force Group is plan­ning to ex­pand its aqua­cul­ture busi­ness over­seas, by es­tab­lish­ing a base in New­found­land in Canada.

The com­pany, which re­vealed a £7 mil­lion in­crease in turnover and a qua­dru­pling of its prof­its last year, said the move forms part of its strat­egy to en­ter over­seas aqua­cul­ture mar­kets.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows re­search into the cur­rent and fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties on the east­ern side of Canada.

Gael Force will sup­ply cus­tomers in the re­gion, which has tar­gets to dou­ble salmon pro­duc­tion, with a full prod­uct range, in­clud­ing pen and barge moor­ings, plas­tic fish pens, con­crete and steel feed barges, off­shore feed­ing sys­tems and pel­let de­tec­tion soft­ware, and un­der­wa­ter tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing cam­eras and light­ing.

The com­pany an­nounced the move as manag­ing di­rec­tor Ste­wart Gra­ham was due to ad­dress New­found­land’s Cold Har­vest aqua­cul­ture con­fer­ence in St John’s.

Gra­ham, who was in­stru­men­tal in driv­ing for­ward Scot­land’s plans to dou­ble aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion and co-chairs the Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Group, of­fered an in­sight into Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture’s growth vi­sion.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager Marc Wil­son said: ‘Our vis­its to At­lantic Canada have re­vealed a com­mit­ment to aqua­cul­ture with a real ap­petite to grow the in­dus­try sub­stan­tially.

‘Ev­ery per­son we have spo­ken to has wel­comed the prospect of Gael Force mak­ing an in­ward in­vest­ment in New­found­land.

‘We fully un­der­stand the need for us as a sup­plier to have a highly skilled and ded­i­cated ser­vice team on the ground in Canada to be ready to re­spond to the spe­cific needs of those cus­tomers, and that is some­thing we are to­tally pre­pared to com­mit to.’

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