Meat industry is one of Marel’s three key protein industries. Marel Meat is a leading global supplier of integrated systems and advanced stand-alone processing equipment to the red meat industry. Our equipment handles all stages – from live animal receipt, to finished consumer packs – fresh, chilled, cooked or frozen. Marel Meat contributed EUR 387 million in revenues in 2018, or 33% of the total, translating to an EBIT of 11.3% (operating income adjusted for PPA related costs, including depreciation and amortization).
Our automatic, robotic slaughter solutions (M-Lines) were installed at many customers across the globe in 2018. The M-line generation of hog floor slaughtering uses articulating arm robots and the latest techniques in 3D scanning to ensure high cutting accuracy. Automation reduces the need for manual labor in the slaughtering process and, with less manual handling needed, the risk of contamination is lower and hygiene is improved. This can extend the shelf-life of fresh pork products, adding value for both food processors as well as end consumers.
We continued improving and adding to our groundbreaking solution for pork deboning, DeboFlex, in 2018. Three new modules: shoulder blade pulling, shank pre-cutting and shank-sawing, make deboning and cutting easier and more efficient. The shackle-based logistical solution takes care of transporting fore-ends and legs through overhead conveyers and in a controlled flow past work stations. The solution creates a safer and more ergonomical working environment for operators who can focus fully on the task at hand.
Thanks to strategic acquisitions and organic growth, Marel Meat now covers the entire value chain from live animal intake to finished consumer product. Our projects in 2018 reflect this scope, as larger installations and greenfield projects became more prominent. Some of our largest greenfield projects took us to China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, and North America.
In China, we completed a greenfield project for the beef processor Zhejiang Aozhou Cattle Industry. The new plant is equipped with a slaughtering system, a StreamLine system for deboning and trimming, logistics and water treatment, all connected with overarching Innova Food Processing Software. Another customer, Pronaca upgraded their existing pork processing plant in Ecuador with a new slaughtering, cutting, deboning and logistics solutions from Marel Meat. In Vietnam, Masan Group Corporation inaugurated its new greenfield pork processing complex, fully supplied with Marel equipment and software for slaughtering, cutting, deboning and logistics. We also developed a complete greenfield plant for pig slaughtering for Litera Meat in Spain.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (2018, October 11). Beef and Veal Production and Trade. Retrieved from: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (2018, October 11). Pork Production and Trade. Retrieved from: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/