Marel Poultry has been chosen to equip one of the world’s largest poultry processing plants. The Harim company in South Korea will install four new Marel Poultry processing lines, spread over five different floors in the fully modernized plant in the city of Iksan.
The South Korean enterprise Harim Co. selected Marel Poultry to be the main supplier for the modernization of the Iksan factory. Both companies know each other very well, since the Dutch manufacturer of poultry processing solutions already installed many advanced systems in Harim’s plants in Korea and the USA. “We have great confidence in Marel Poultry and their people. We highly appreciate the cooperation and it’s always a pleasure working with them,” says Mr. Kim, Chairman of Harim.
One of the largest
The complete reconstruction of the Iksan factory involves an extension to six (later even to seven) processing lines. Four new high speed Marel Poultry lines will be installed, which will turn this 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 of Chairman 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.”
The four new Marel Poultry processing lines will make use of the latest technologies in scalding, defeathering, 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.
Conveying 20 meters high
In Korea, little land is available for building, as 75% of the country is covered by mountains. Harim cleverly solved this problem by designing a five story high building, attached to the existing plant, extending their existing 80,000 m2 (861,111 sq ft) production area to 150,000 m2 (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. In Harim’s Iksan plant, this conveyor bridges a spectacular height difference of more than 20 meters (65 ft), necessary to reach all stories. This exceptional plant will bring poultry processing literally to new heights!