Evonik Industries’ plans to build a second plant for the production of the amino acid DL-methionine in Singapore are fully on schedule, according to the company. Evonik marked the official start of construction with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony officiated by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The complex will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tons and is expected to become operational in 2019, with investment costs of more than half a billion euros, according to the company. Evonik sells DL-methionine under the brand name MetAMINO.
“Our methionine complex, which came on-stream in late 2014 on Jurong Island, is a success story. This led to our decision to build a second plant next to it,” says Klaus Engel, the chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries. “The demand for MetAMINO for animal nutrition is continuing to grow at a very fast rate in Asia."
The new production complex will increase Evonik’s annual capacity of MetAMINO to approximately 300,000 metric tons in Asia and to approximately 730,000 metric tons worldwide, according to Evonik. Evonik produces the amino acid in its plants in Antwerp (Belgium), Wesseling/Cologne (Germany), Mobile (Alabama, USA) and Singapore.
DL-methionine is an essential amino acid, which must be absorbed through feed intake. As a feed additive, it contributes to the efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly nutrition of livestock, particularly poultry and swine, according to Evonik.
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