Luis Felipe Diaz Cortez is Ace Aquatec's new senior sales and service manager in Chile.

Scottish aquaculture tech innovator expands workforce in South America

Ace Aquatec makes two key appointments as it seeks LatAm growth


Dundee-headquartered aquaculture technology specialist Ace Aquatec has appointed two key staff in Chile as the company expands its presence in the South American region.

Luis Felipe Diaz Cortez has assumed the role of senior sales and service manager (Chile), with a focus on promoting Ace Aquatec’s products in Central and South America, while Fabian Gonzalez Duarte has been appointed field service technician, providing installation and maintenance support for a range of the company’s products.

With a background in veterinary care, Diaz brings a wealth of knowledge to his position, with experience in raising salmon from hatchery to market in previous roles both in Chile and overseas, Ace Aquatec said in a press release.

Field service technician Fabian Gonzalez Duarte, left, and senior sales and service manager Luis Felipe Diaz Cortez.

He will use his expertise to expand Ace Aquatec’s presence in a region where welfare standards are rapidly evolving, corresponding to increased demand from both fish farmers and consumers for the more widespread use of humane stunning solutions. Ace Aquatec’s Humane Stunner Universal (A-HSU) which provides an effective, high-welfare in-water stun is already being used by Chile’s largest salmon farmer, AquaChile, and Chilean processing company Abick S.A.

A-BIOMASS camera

Ace Aquatec has recently launched its A-BIOMASS camera, which will be deployed with a number of companies in the region before Christmas.

Diaz said: “I have worked in this industry for over 30 years and have seen at first-hand how Ace Aquatec’s products are revolutionising the way farmers grow and take care of their fish. Using artificial intelligence, the new A-BIOMASS helps farmers to optimise fish health and growth rates, reduce feed wastage and monitor the overall health and wellbeing of their fish. When you use that combined with the humane in-water stunner, you can increase efficiency, reduce cost, and ultimately make aquaculture a more competitive option for consumers looking for a sustainable source of animal production. I’m really looking forward to making a difference in the Chilean industry.”

Ace Aquatec’s chief sales and marketing officer Tara McGregor-Woodhams said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Luis Felipe and Fabian to the team at a time of exciting development, both for us as a company and for the sector. With the knowledge and expertise that they will bring to Ace Aquatec, Luis Felipe and Fabian are well positioned to continue our growth in the Central and South American region.”