T.I.G.E.R Ltd, founded in 2010 by Pascal Guenneugues (Chairman), is a group operating in the surimi industry, including 13 member companies with different activities:
- Future Seafood Group (including Future Seafood Europe, Future Seafood Vietnam, Future Seafood Asia, Future Seafood China, Future Seafood Thailand, International Seafood Trading): supplying raw material to the Surimi Seafood Industry
- Surimi Tech Limited (Founded Surimi Tech Limited Vietnam Co. Ltd): providing surimi machinery as well as factory consulting and auditing.
- Ngoc Tuan Surimi Co. Ltd: Surimi block manufacturing
- Tam Phuong Nam Co. Ltd: Surimi block manufacturing
- Atlantika: supplying of ingredients for the Surimi seafood industry
The surimi process and equipment was developed in the 60’s in Japan and was rapidly applied by Korean and Taiwanese Machinery Manufacturers. and this traditional process is still used by most of the surimi factories.
On the other hand, the Alaskan Pollock Surimi Industry, driven by well capitalized American companies, processing surimi on-board large factory trawlers and on shore-plants of large capacity, invested in technology development with the goal of improving productivity, yield and product quality. Factory trawlers and motherships must pack processing units of big capacity in a minimum space. They cannot use a large number of workers and need to minimize the use of the fresh water that they must also produce on-board. These constraints created the need to develop new technologies that would allow these factory-vessels to be competitive against shore-plants and made a number of technological advances.
During these years, the technology has not much evolved in South East Asia: while a modern surimi industry using new technology developed for the cold-water fisheries, the tropical fish surimi industry continued using the traditional process design and old technology.
As the surimi industry grew on a global scale in the 90’s, the production of tropical fish surimi expanded through South East Asia and China and the fish resources used to process surimi like itoyori became more and more expensive.
Through a partnership between his trading company Future Seafood and a Chilean fishing company, Pascal Guenneugues developed in the early 2000’s the technology to process surimi from horse mackerel, a low cost and abundant resource primarily used to process fish meal for the feed industry.
A few years later, in the mid 2000’s, he focused on the improvement of the Vietnamese Surimi Industry with the goal to obtain a product quality with good microbiology that could be imported to Europe.
By the end of the decade, the tropical fish surimi industry was becoming more and more competitive and faced new challenges such as insufficient availability of the traditional resources and the problem of treating the waste water produced in large quantity by the surimi process. On the basis of this observation, and convinced that improvement of the technology was the appropriate response to the changes of the environment of this industry, Pascal Guenneugues created Surimi Tech with the goal to bring new technology to the tropical fish surimi industry.
Surimi Tech Limited was created in Hong Kong in 2009, and after 5 years of activities during which it applied a number of technological advances such as the pH shift technology to process surimi from giant squid and the use of decanters in the process of tropical fish surimi, appeared the need to improve the surimi machinery which leaded to the creation of of Surimi Tech Vietnam in 2015.
After the departure of his local partner, the company was re-organized, opened a larger workshop and became Surimi Tech Limited Vietnam, capitalizing on 5 years of development in surimi machinery financed the mother company in Hong Kong and using the surimi factory of the Group, Ngoc Tuan Surimi, located in the province of Quang Tri in the center of Vietnam, to test new concepts and new machinery in the surimi technology with the goal to develop and apply modern technology to improve the yield and the quality of surimi, use new fish species, reduce the consumption of energy and water and eliminate the rejection of waste material in the environment.
Today Surimi Tech Limited has proven its advances in the technology of tropical fish surimi, improving existing factories and designing new factories through South East Asia with references in Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.
As the company is entering a new era and plans rapid growth to diffuse its technology, it is constituting a strong management team with qualified professionals.