Evonik Industries is further expanding its global production capacity for the feed additive methionine. The company will boost its capacity according to a stage concept, which involves coordinating the expansion of methionine and raw material capacities among the sites in Antwerp, Belgium; Wesseling, Germany; and Mobile, Alabama, USA.
The additional capacity will be available stage-wise from 2011 through to 2013. This will increase Evonik’s global capacity to 430,000 metric tons. DL-methionine is an essential amino acid that is used in healthy and environmentally friendly nutrition for farm animals, especially poultry and pigs. Evonik is the world leader for DL-methionine in both market share and technology.
"The amino acids business is a strategic core in our chemicals portfolio. With this investment, we’ll anchor our leading position worldwide in a profitable market, using the business unit’s technological and global sales strengths," says Dr. Klaus Engel, chairman of Evonik’s Executive Board.