Processing & Retail News
MARINE Harvest Scotland’s processing plant in Rosyth has seen a ‘huge lift’ in productivity and performance, according to the company’s November newsletter.
‘It’s been all go at Rosyth. Supplying to Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl, as well as the French market following a fire at the Kritsen factory, Rosyth has seen a huge lift in productivity and performance,’ wrote Rosyth operations and sourcing director Bertil Buysse.
‘This boost is largely thanks to investment in new machinery and investment in our people.’
Additions to the machinery at Rosyth include new I-slice 3300 machines, which enable efficient processing of smoked salmon products, said Buysse
‘These machines slice using laser scanners to give a perfect, fixed weight per slice. A new packing machine is also in use, increasing the efficiency of packing and meaning that product is with our customers as soon as possible.’
As of June this year, Rosyth had 574 full time equivalent staff preparing, packing and distributing 10,500 tonnes of finished product on a yearly basis.
‘As such a large operation, it is important that processes run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
‘That’s why the 5S methodology has been implemented, both in the factory and offices,’ said Buysse.
The 5S system is an organisational method that covers the five Ss: sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain. The team at Rosyth has been trained on the 5S methodology and ‘champions’ are assigned to different areas to ensure the 5Ss are delivered.
‘All departments are now audited every month, with the latest audits showing results of over 90 per cent, with the MAP department scoring 99 per cent,’ said Buysse.
Above: The Rosyth plant