From fish harbour to recirculating aquaculture

Mr Rami Salminen's career as fish farmer started when he was working as apprentice in Saaristomeren Kala Ltd, his father's and uncle's fish farming business in Finland and Sweden. The fish processing industry was, back then, concentrated in Raulio, the fish harbour of Uusikaupunki, where they also built all the necessary fish processing conveyors and equipment. The guiding principle was already that 'we make our own if we do not find it in a shop'. Salminen's long experience in maintenance work within fish processing industry has been useful in finding solutions to technical challenges when creating new initiatives.

Sybimar Ltd started its business operations as Rovina Ltd in 2005 as a biofuel producer with the aim of providing with both economically and environmentally sustainable solution for reusing side streams originating from the fish processing industry. Salminen was also the owner of Ramirakenne Ltd that supplied process equipment also as Rovina's subcontractor.

In 2010, Rovina and Ramirakenne merged and started operating as Sybimar Ltd. The company also became part of Turku-based Meriaura Group of companies, which offers wide-ranging services in energy, logistics and energy logistics sectors.

Old ways and new combinations

We at Sybimar think outside of the box and bravely combine new things in an innovative way. Reusing side streams of the food industry was originally a problem that we developed a solution for. In fact, waste for us represents an opportunity rather than a problem.

Awarded concepts

Rovina Ltd received an environmental award in 2006 from an organisation active in the south-western Finland promoting sustainable lifestyle.

In 2010, Sybimar participated in a competition organized in the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic countries. The competition looked for new regional  business concepts, processes and technologies for tackling climate change on the municipal and other local levels. The aim was to find projects that would slow down climate change, support local economies and generate new employment as well as general welfare. There were 78 solutions in total from seven countries. Sybimar was awarded distinction for its Closed circulation concept. The jury was particularly impressed by the level of cooperation between private and public sectors, and by creation of new jobs. Sybimar's solution was thought to be concrete and easily approachable. The jury praised the Closed circulation concept of the solution.