German company Evonik has started construction of a large L-lysine production plant the city of Volgodonsk in the central part of Russia. The new plant is due to be operational in 2015 with an annual capacity of the feed additive Biolys of around 100,000 metric tonnes.
Biolys is a highly efficient source of the amino acid L-lysine and is used as a feed additive in modern animal nutrition. Production in Volgodonsk is based on Evonik’s fermentation technology. Wheat from the Rostov region will be used as a raw material.
"With the recently completed production expansion in Blair (USA), the construction of a new plant in Castro (Brazil), and the plant in Volgodonsk, we’ll have an annual production capacity of 500,000 metric tonnes of Biolys from 2015," said Evonik Executive Board member Patrik Wohlhauser. "This will strengthen our leading position in the production of feed-grade amino acids, which are an important part of our growth strategy."
The Governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, emphasized the advantages of the site and the collaboration. "The new site will benefit many people—including future employees and meat consumers in our country," he concluded.
Dr Reiner Beste, head of the Health & Nutrition Business Unit at Evonik, was very pleased with the local support and the building progress: "We’re making good progress and are confident that, from 2015, Volgodonsk will make an important contribution to efficient and sustainable meat production in Russia."
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