Evonik build second world-scale methionine plant in Singapore

Evonik to build second world-scale methionine plant in Singapore

11:44 AM, 3rd October 2015
Evonik to build second world-scale methionine plant in Singapore
Klaus Engel, chairman, executive board, Evonik. (File photo)

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik Industries AG said it has started the planning stage for constructing an additional world-scale plant complex in Singapore. The facility, which will produce the amino acid DL-methionine for animal nutrition, will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tonne and is expected to start operations in 2019.

The construction of the plant complex is planned next to the existing Evonik methionine plant on Jurong Island in Singapore. This allows Evonik to serve Asian growth markets well.

With this decision Evonik follows the global megatrends of health and nutrition, which are driving the growth of the DL-methionine business. With the timely and demand driven expansion of capacities over the past few years Evonik has continuously accompanied this strong market growth.

“We are convinced that the market for DL-methionine will continue to show dynamic growth, and we want to meet the global demand for this product, which is indispensable for efficient and sustainable animal nutrition worldwide,” said Klaus Engel, chairman, executive board, Evonik.

Evonik sells DL-methionine under the brand name MetAMINO.

Evonik’s most recent methionine plant took up its operations in Singapore in the fourth quarter of 2014.

In its new, backward-integrated production complex, Evonik will also produce all associated strategically relevant precursors. “The new complex will allow us to accompany market growth and further strengthen customer relations,” said Dr Reiner Beste, chairman, management board, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH.

DL-methionine is an essential amino acid, and must therefore be supplied in the diet. As a feed additive, it contributes to the efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly nutrition of livestock, particularly poultry and swine. 

Population growth and rising affluence are resulting in increased meat consumption in many parts of the world, driving up the demand for methionine. The addition of methionine and other amino acids can significantly lower the crude protein content of animal feed.

Evonik produces and markets four essential amino acids for modern animal nutrition: MetAMINO (DL-methionine), Biolys (L-lysine), ThreAMINO (L-threonine) and TrypAMINO (L-tryptophan).

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