Marel had already installed several advanced systems in Harim's plants in South Korea and the US. "We have great confidence in Marel Poultry and their people. We highly appreciate the cooperation and it is always a pleasure working with them," Mr. Kim, chairman of Harim, said.
The complete reconstruction of the Iksan factory involves an extension to six processing lines.
Four new high speed Marel Poultry lines will be installed, which will transform the plant into one of the largest poultry processing facilities in Asia. A unique feature will be the impressive visitor's center, including a 500 meters (1,640 ft) long windowed corridor which offers a complete view of the production process in the factory. It illustrates the vision of openness as conveyed by Kim.
"We like to show how our operations succeed in producing good quality and healthy chicken meat with a strong focus on hygiene, food safety and good working conditions," Kim said.
The four new Marel Poultry processing lines will make use of the latest technologies in scalding, de-feathering, evisceration and chilling. Stork Nuova, the world's most efficient eviscerator with integrated giblet harvesting line, will be at the heart of the evisceration department. All four lines will include low maintenance, self-calibrating high speed SmartWeighers and advanced equipment monitoring.
In South Korea, there is a scarcity of land for building as 75% of the country is covered by mountains. Harim solved this problem by designing a five-storey building, attached to the existing plant, and expanding their existing 80,000m2 (861,111 sq ft) production area to 150,000m2 (1,614,586 sq ft).
Spacious air chill tunnels, which use proven Stork DownFlow "Plus" technology, will be positioned on the top floor. A Stork overhead conveyor system distributes broilers to all departments, keeping all processes completely inline.