Busy time for Kaelismidjan Frost

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Kaelismidjan Frost ehf is an Icelandic based refrigeration company with its headquarters in Akureyri, northern Iceland.

The company is involved in all aspects of the refrigeration industry, from repairing domestic refrigerators to the design and installation of industrial refrigeration system with capacities of several hundred tons a day.

As well as refrigeration systems, Frost and its partners can offer turnkey projects such as complete cold stores or complete fish processing lines for land-based or onboard processing.

Based in Iceland the domestic fishing industry is the backbone of the business, but the company is working on projects all over the world. In 2009 half of the company’s turnover was from projects outside of Iceland.

Earlier this year a team of Frost's engineers completed the conversion of large pelagic factory trawlers in the Canary Islands, which fish off the coast of Africa. Prior to that a team from Frost upgraded and installed new equipment in a white fish processing plant in Stamsund, northern Norway.

By the end of May a Norwegian white fish freezer trawler will be converted from R-22 to Ammonia, as well as having the factory deck upgraded. The work will be carried out in Iceland and is a joint venture between Frost and Slippurinn, the local shipyard in Akureyri.

Next summer Frost will deliver and install a new ice production facility in a salmon plant in northern Norway. More projects are planned for later this year, in Scandinavia and Africa.

On the domestic market a new fish processing plant is being built and Frost is delivering and installing new 500-1100kW RSW systems to several fishing vessels.

According to Gudmundur Hannesson, Frost’s sales and technical manager, the coming months will be busy and lot of new projects are being contemplated.

He says that although there are not too many positive things to be said about the meltdown of the Icelandic economy in 2008, the devaluation of the Icelandic krona has meant that Frost is very competitive on the international market, and is therefore quite optimistic for the coming years.


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