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Steen-Hansen strengthens focus on innovation and development

Bergen, 09.04.2024

Steen-Hansen is shifting into a higher gear and has hired Emiliano Pinori (51) to lead the company's development department. Emiliano is from Italy and holds a PhD in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Gothenburg. Over the past decade, he has led several research projects focused on materials for the marine sector on behalf of Sweden's research institute, RISE, where he has been involved as a business developer and senior scientist, among other things, in pioneering technology within low-emission biofouling prevention.

"We are extremely proud to have Emiliano join our team. He brings a unique experience and a network that will be very useful; we aim to achieve our ambitious goals for sustainability and development for customers who have increasingly higher demands for the environment, animal welfare, and quality. Being able to recruit from the top shelf within research environments gives us the competence and drive we need to create good solutions for the future." - says Ulrik Ulriksen, CEO of Steen-Hansen Group.

Steen-Hansen has a state-of-the-art development laboratory, including a HALT lab (Highly Accelerated Lifetime Testing), where experimental testing and future products are emerging. The company has already made its mark as an innovation firm; being the first in the market with copper-free products for aquaculture, the first antifouling product approved in Europe under BPR, and the development of NetCare quality standards for net treatment are some of the most important milestones in recent years. Dr. Pinori will thus take on the responsibility and challenge of elevating the R&D work even further.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Steen-Hansen team, both in Norway and Chile. My first encounter with the company was back in 2014, while I was working on the LEAF project (Low Emission Antifouling). This led to a long collaboration where myself and RISE engaged in several of Steen-Hansen's projects, both as a problem solver and innovation partner. I am particularly looking forward to be working closely with Steen-Hansen's customers, the industry is forward-thinking and focused on finding good solutions. I believe many of the answers lie in a holistic approach to the environment, fish welfare, and clean nets, where preventative technology will be the first choice." - says Emiliano Pinori, the incoming R&D Manager at Steen-Hansen.


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