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Hungarian L-Threonine production boosted

The Business Unit Feed Additives of Degussa GmbH expands the capacity of L-Threonine in Kaba, Hungary. The annual production capability of Agroferm, a fully owned subsidiary of Degussa, will be elevated to 20,000 metric tons Threonine by the end of 2007.

In addition to the capacity enlargement, the company will upgrade major fermentation and downstreaming processes to optimize plant efficiency and product design further.

Be more flexible
The Kaba site is Degussa's second state-of-the-art Threonine production facility in Europe, bringing the company's total capacity to 40,000 metric tons per year. The new Threonine production line also frees up fermentation capacity to be used for production of Tryptophan and other amino acids. This modular concept allows Degussa to react in a flexible manner on increasing customer demand. Hence, the company has the technical capability for de-bottlenecking its two Threonine production sites further.

Esssential for animal diets
L-Threonine and L-Tryptophan are building blocks of protein. They are essential in today's nutritional concepts to balance the amino acid levels in rations and to optimize economics in livestock production while decreasing nitrogen excretion and thereby reducing the environmental impact of livestock farming.

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