Evonik Industries is right on schedule with its plans to expand amino-acid production for animal feed - one of its core businesses. A symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in Singapore officially marked the start of construction of the new methionine complex there. The manufacturing complex is due to go into operation in the third quarter of 2014 and will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tons of methionine. This will give Evonik total capacities for 580,000 metric tons p.a. The company is spending more than 500 million euro on building the manufacturing complex at which Evonik will also produce all the strategically relevant intermediates.
The choice of a site in Asia went to Singapore because of its excellent logistical infrastructure, the benefits of a petrochemical network and the availability of highly educated people. The new facility will be the most state-of-the-art manufacturing complex anywhere in the world, and it will be the first world-scale plant for methionine in Asia. One of the principal merits of this facility will be that it allows back-integration of all the key intermediates that go into manufacturing methionine.
Evonik is currently manufacturing DL-methionine at four plants in Wesseling (Germany), Mobile (USA) and Antwerp (Belgium). These plants have recently been successively expanded, so that they now offer a total capacity for 430,000 metric tons p.a.
Evonik is the only company in the world to manufacture and sell all four essential amino acids for modern animal feed: Biolys® (L-lysine source), MetAMINO® (DL-methionine), ThreAMINO® (L-threonine) and TrypAMINO® (L-tryptophan). The Evonik Group provides innovative services and products in more than 100 countries.