When the team of engineers and electricians arrived from Denmark, Lifland had constructed a new quay in Grundartangi harbor from crushed lava stones, and less than a year later, in October 2010, the completed plant was inaugurated with a celebration of 400 visitors, including several government ministers. Together, Lifland and ANDRITZ built Iceland’s largest feed mill, capable of producing 12 tons of feed per hour.
With the help of training and commissioning assistance from ANDRITZ, Lifland’s technicians were soon producing at full capacity. An advanced double cooler system made it possible to change recipes in minutes -a significant advantage for processing a broad range of feed products for Icelandic horses, cows, sheep, pigs, broilers, and layers. By the end of the first year, Lifland had produced a full 24,000 tons of feed.
Fortunately, Haraldsson had the foresight to request a facility with sufficient space to expand, and in 2015 an additional process line was designed and installed. Other fine-tuning and upgrades were done simultaneously on the first line, which had been operating around the clock, five days a week. “This meant that any maintenance work had to be completed on the weekends,” says Haraldsson. “With the second line, we can now produce almost twice the volume while working just two 16-hour shifts per week.”
Thanks to the combination of high performance, low energy consumption, and rapid changeover times, the Lifland factory‘s products are now extremely competitive in terms of price and quality. The new line is used primarily for broiler and layer feed, while the first line continues to change recipes for additional products including, most recently, cattle feed.
“I’m very pleased with how this partnership worked out,” concludes Haraldsson. “When I first stood here and pointed to where I planned to build, the ANDRITZ staff looked at me and said, ‘But it’s just the sea! Where is the land?’ Here we are today in that same spot, producing 40,000 high-quality tons per year in the middle of a fast-growing new seaport. It’s a very exciting time.”