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Faroes aquaculture supplier puts down roots in Scotland

JT electric, whose range of products includes feed barges made from converted cargo ships, has bought Sterner UK. Photo: JT electric.
JT electric, whose range of products includes feed barges made from converted cargo ships, has bought Sterner UK. Photo: JT electric.

Faroes-based aquaculture supplier JT electric is expanding its presence in Scotland with a deal to acquire Inverness firm Sterner AquaTech UK Limited (Sterner UK).

As part of the agreement the management of Sterner UK will become shareholders in JT electric.

“JT electric operates worldwide and Sterner UK is delighted to become part of that bigger organisation,” said Sterner UK managing director Gregor Sutherland in a press release.

“This move represents exciting opportunities for the business. Our goal has always been to provide great service to the UK & Ireland market and, with the merging of our companies, I’m confident we will be able to surpass the levels of service we have consistently delivered to our customers over the last 20 years. I’m also pleased to announce that, with this move, we hope to create more jobs in Scotland over the coming months.”

Feed barges

Sterner UK’s main activities include the sale and servicing of specialist fish farming equipment and the provision of specialist aquaculture solutions to fish farms and aquaculture businesses.

JT electric is a full-service technical supplier of equipment to the aquaculture industry. Its core products include feeding systems, pellet trackers, camera systems, underwater lights and cables, but it is perhaps best known for the huge ship-type feed barges it has supplied for exposed sites used by Faroese salmon farmers.  

Suni Justinussen: Move will strengthen company.
Suni Justinussen: Move will strengthen company.

Skilled staff

JT electric has historically co-operated with Sterner UK regarding sales and servicing in Scotland.

“We are excited to get the skilled staff of Sterner UK into our team,” said JT electric chief executive Suni Justinussen.

“With our highly qualified staff in Scotland, Denmark, Poland and the Faroe Islands, we aim to give the best service to the customers in the UK & Ireland market and in the other markets where we operate. We are also pleased to get the management in Sterner UK on board as owners in the mother company, JT electric. This will strengthen our company in our worldwide operations.”