On June 18, following a scheduled two-year construction period, Evonik officially commissioned its second complex for the production of MetAMINO (DL-methionine) and strategically important precursors in Singapore, the company said in an announcement.
“Our methionine complex on Jurong Island, which we commissioned in late 2014, has been a real success story. Now, we want to continue the success story with this second plant,” Christian Kullmann, chairman of the Evonik executive board, said during the opening festivities.
Each plant has an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tons of DL-methionine, elevating Evonik’s annual global capacity to approximately 730,000 metric tons. The new complex was modeled on the existing plant and was constructed right next to it.
“Synergies from the infrastructure that we set up in 2014, the complete backward integration of both plants into the precursor products and the joint operation of the entire complex will bring about significant structural efficiency gains,” Kullmann said.
In total, Evonik has invested more than a half-billion euros in the new complex and has created more than 100 additional jobs at the site.
Evonik produces DL-methionine in world-scale plants in Antwerp, Belgium; Wesseling/Cologne, Germany; Mobile, Ala., and Singapore.
As Johann-Caspar Gammelin, chairman of the board of management of Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, explained, the demand for the methionine amino acid for animal nutrition in Asia continues to show strong growth.
“On the one hand, the growing consumer affluence in Asia supports the increasing demand for animal protein. On the other, producers are increasingly focusing on more sustainable production of meat, eggs, milk and fish. We are proud that our MetAMINO plays a key role in supporting these efforts,” Gammelin said.
DL-methionine is an essential amino acid that must be ingested as part of healthy nutrition. When added to poultry and pig feed, the crude protein content in the feed can be reduced, which benefits the animal and also reduces the impact on the environment, Evonik said.
Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business line has more than 60 years of experience in the manufacture of essential amino acids and provides customers in more than 100 countries with solutions for efficient and sustainable animal nutrition.
Evonik is one of the global leaders in specialty chemicals.