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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Alltech to expand its SSF facility

Alltech recently announced that the company's solid-state fermentation (SSF) plant in Serdan, Mexico will triple in size to accommodate an increase in enzyme production.

The rising costs of raw materials is becoming an area of increasing concern for livestock farmers as there is growing concern about the amount of corn being diverted from the agri-business for use in ethanol production. "The animal feed industry therefore needs to develop alternative raw materials," said Mark Lyons, Alltech's director of international projects.

To be able to use make use of alternative raw materials such as cellulose, new technologies (such as SSF) are needed. Alltech's expansion will include the addition of two fermentation chambers that measure five times the size of the existing chambers while fiber-handling and enzyme recovery systems will also be installed.

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