Ajinomoto to expand lysine production capacity

Ajinomoto announced plans to expand production of its rumen-protected lysine product in the U.S.

Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group Inc., a 100% subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co. Inc., has decided to that it will construct a new plant at its U.S.-based subsidiary, Ajinomoto Heartland Inc., in order to enhance the production capacity of its rumen-protected lysine (AjiPro-L) and to expand its sales in the market. Through this expansion, Ajinomoto Group aims to grow AjiPro-L as a driving force in its Animal Nutrition Business along with other existing products such as lysine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

Lysine, an essential amino acid, cannot be utilized by ruminant animals as effectively as by monogastrics like chickens and pigs because of the complicated digestion and absorption systems that are specific to ruminants. After many years of research and development, Ajinomoto said it successfully developed a technology that enables lysine to bypass the rumen and to be absorbed in the small intestine of ruminant animals. Ajinomoto Heartland launched commercial production and sales of AjiPro-L in April 2011.

In order to meet the growing demands by customers, Ajinomoto said it aims to expand its production capacity to more than 10,000 tons per year by fiscal 2016. For the first step, the company is going to increase the production capacity by 5,000 tons per year in 2014 by enhancing the Ajinomoto Heartland facility.

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