Since 1958 Buus Refrigeration A/S has been in the business of refrigeration and is still expanding.
Since Arne Buus started his one-man refrigeration service in a shutdown grocery store the firm has continued to grow and is now employing 15 persons. Today, the firm is a modern organization led by manager Frank Olesen.
From being a local entrepreneur Buus Refrigeration has developed into an internationally oriented and competitive industrial company, utilizing the latest research in the refrigeration area. 90% of the production is now exported to countries all over the world.
Foresight - and by means of this a continous growth and variation in activities - and a high level of quality is the foundation of Buus Refrigeration. This philosophy of management will ensure the continuing and controlled growth of the firm.
The core of the product line is the Buus Iceflaker initially developed for use in fishing vessels and now used in custom and turnkey solutions in all business areas.
The original and still the main business area is the fishing industry, providing both on-board and on-land iceflaker solutions.
For some years Buus has been involved in the meat factory business. The ice is used for cooling bowels. Also, slaughterhouses use the ice instead of water when mixing the stuffing for sausages - this improves the final consistency of the products.
And as the latest and very promising initiative BUUS now operates in the building industry of tropical and other hot-climate countries. Especially the Middle East, India, the Far East and Africa seem to be very potential markets. The climate in these areas often causes a problem when the cement hardens. The ice is mixed into the cement to achieve a better process of hardening and thereby improving the cement quality.
Today ice plants from Buus Refrigeration A/S are located in more than 30 countries around the world. During just a few years the firm has experienced a massive increase in exports, currently resulting in an export rate of 90%. The most important markets are the Scandinavian countries, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Chile and the USA. In the future Buus will increase the efforts in the near-by markets and it is expected that the development in Eastern Europe will allow a new market to grow in the Baltic area.
In 1978 Buus Refrigeration installed it's first refrigerating plant in a Dutch trawler in the harbour of Hanstholm, thus entering the path which has now lead to a leading position in the niche of manufacturing refrigerating plants and iceflakers.
The company has specialized in producing and installing custom built cooling and ice producing devices for fishing vessels and has received a great deal of acknowledgement on account of the individually adapted solutions.
The plants are produced to fit each single ship after a thorough measuring has take place. The refrigerating plant / iceflaker is assembled completely in the factory at Frøslev and then installed in the ship in one swift move.
During the years since that first assignment in Hanstholm harbour, Buus Refrigeration has developed the products in order to maintain a modern and competitive product profile. Today the company focuses on the production of ice machines which deliver from 1 to 8 tons of ice a day.
The core in the Buus ice machine is a horizontal rotating evaporating drum which is filled with liquid. The drum is partly lowered into a water tank and continuously picks up ice as the drum rotates. The water instantly freezes because of the extremely low temperature of the drum. The ice is then peeled off the machine as flakes by an ice knife placed on the front. By now the ice is already so dry that it will easily break off the drum. Because of the dryness it will not thaw or become lumpy. The ice flakes are especially suited for cold storage of fish because they do not cause damage to the fish in any way.