Evonik has begun work on a facility for the biotech production of Biolys in the Brazilian town of Castro.
The plant will be erected at an industrial complex owned by Cargill, the US-based company with which Evonik is already running a cooperative manufacturing operation for Biolys (a source of L-lysine) in Blair, Nebraska.
The project for the new Biolys plant was officially launched at a ceremony held in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, and attended by State Governor Beto Richa, other government representatives and Evonik customers, partners and employees. Biolys is a highly effective source of the amino acid Llysine and is used as a feed additive in modern animal nutrition.
The Castro site was selected because of its excellent access to raw material supplies, outstanding logistical connections, and closeness to local markets. “We’ve seen rising demand for Biolys in Latin America, and particularly in Brazil, for a number of years now,” said Dr. Reiner Beste, head of Evonik’s Health & Nutrition Business Unit, about the project. “By investing locally, we’re moving closer to customers, strengthening our position in these important Biolys markets, and laying the foundation for further growth in the area of feed amino acids.”
“Our products are not just essential feed additives, they’re a nutritional concept that allows for optimal animal feeding with the best possible use of protein plants and grains,” notes Beste. “This is our contribution towards sustainably meeting the growing demand for meat, dairy, eggs, and fish. The rising demand for our amino acids shows that we’re on the right track."