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 modernised plant in the city of Iksan.
The complete reconstruction of the Iksan factory involved an extension to six 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 visitor’s centre, including a 500 meter long windowed corridor which offers a complete view of the production process in the factory. “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,” said Harim’s chairman Kim.
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.
In Korea, little land is available for building, as 75% of the country is covered by mountains. Harim solved this problem by designing a five story high building, attached to the existing plant, extending their existing 80,000 m2 production area to 150,000 m2. Spacious air chill tunnels, which use 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, necessary to reach all stories.