Evonik and Perstorp have signed a research agreement for the development of new animal nutrition products and are further investigating future options for commercial partnerships, according to a July 17 announcement.
The companies said the joint approach combines Evonik’s unique gut health simulation system and probiotics portfolio with Perstorp’s innovative ester technology platform for efficient and safe acid application. In that way, combining advanced science and practical experience from both companies will "deliver breakthrough innovation supporting the requirements for tomorrow’s animal farming," the announcement said.
Specifically, the products to be developed will be aimed at improving the gut health of the animals and, at the same time, maintaining performance comparable to that achieved through the use of antimicrobial growth promoters.
“As a leading specialty chemicals innovator, we help prevent antibiotic resistance from becoming an even bigger problem by offering alternative, more sustainable solutions for sound and profitable animal production," Roger Mann, Perstorp executive vice president animal nutrition, said. “We’re excited by the opportunity this partnership with Evonik brings to build on the expertise of both companies to tackle this global challenge.”
Dr. Christoph Kobler, head of product line sustainable healthy nutrition at Evonik, added, “Both companies believe that the challenges of antimicrobial resistance in animal production can only be tackled with a holistic approach, using new and innovative solutions instead of the preventive use of antibiotics. This approach will help to ensure that sustainable livestock production remains possible without resorting to that intervention.”
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The Evonik Nutrition & Care segment contributes to fulfilling basic human needs and includes applications for everyday consumer goods as well as animal nutrition and health care.
Founded in Sweden in 1881, Perstorp is focused on innovation in a complete chain of solutions in organic chemistry, process technology and application development. Perstorp has approximately 1,350 employees and manufacturing units in Asia, Europe and North America.
Perstorp has been involved with developing a range of additives for the agriculture industry for more than 50 years. As a producer of key raw materials such as propionic, formic, butyric and valeric acid, it focuses its efforts on organic acid-based solutions for gut health and preservation. Perstorp Animal Nutrition consists of a dedicated team of agricultural specialists within Perstorp who are committed to delivering optimal solutions and service.