A Norway-based company that offers environmentally friendly solutions for refrigeration and freezing has established a new sales and service hub in Scotland, reports Paul Scott.

The firm, PTG, says it has set up in Scotland to ‘intensify its focus on the industrial and marine markets in the UK’, with the new company providing sales and service to the British seafood industry.

The company’s main markets in Scotland will be in the marine and industrial sectors, offering solutions including RSW systems, heat pumps, and freezing and ice production systems.

The Tromsø-based business says that it aims to service ‘the pelagic and whitefish fleets, land-based fish farming, fish slaughterers, process industry on land and, to some extent, well boats and the rest of the aquaculture industry’.

“We’re establishing ourselves in Scotland to provide service locally for our existing customers in the fishing fleet and land-based fish farming,” said Terje Arnesen, CEO of PTG.

“In addition, we want to strengthen our local sales and marketing of our products and solutions for the Scottish seafood market.”

The company has employed Julian Ramsey, who is leaving his role as head of MacGregor’s fishery division, to take up the position next month. He says that no decision has yet been taken on where PTG will base its Scotland office.

“We’re considering several alternative locations, with Peterhead or Fraserburgh among the most relevant,” said Julian Ramsey. “Peterhead is the largest whitefish port in Europe in terms of landing value, and includes a pelagic fleet and some large processing plants.

“Fraserburgh is home to a very large fleet of Scottish pelagic, prawn and whitefish trawlers. Since we’re also close to Aberdeen, we are only an hour’s flight from Shetland, where a significant part of the Scottish pelagic fleet is based, as well as a significant whitefish fleet.”

He said that ‘no single best-possible location really exists where service and sales to the aquaculture industry are concerned’, since the facilities are spread around the entire Scottish coast.

“But no matter where we choose to be in Scotland, we will certainly be able to offer a prompt and efficient service to any and all of PTG’s customers in the aquaculture industry on the Scottish mainland,” he said.

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