Biodiesel catalyst supplier commissions L-lysine plant in Brazil

By Ron Kotrba | July 19, 2016

Specialty chemicals company and biodiesel catalyst supplier Evonik Industries AG has commissioned a new fermentation plant to produce 80,000 metric tons of its Biolys-branded L-lysine, an amino acid used as an animal feed additive. The new Evonik facility is located in the Brazilian town of Castro in the state of Paraná, a site co-located with a Cargill plant from which Evonik procures site and logistics services, and locally produced raw materials.

“With this investment we are strengthening our leading market position in feed-grade amino acids and are taking advantage of the opportunities to grow in the emerging markets of Latin America,” said Klaus Engel, chairman of Evonik Industries’ executive board.

Reiner Beste, chairman of the board of management at Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, said, “This new plant will meet the rising demand we have seen for Biolys in Latin America, and particularly in Brazil, for a number of years. By producing locally, we are moving closer to our customers in Brazil and can offer even greater security of supply.”     
Produced biotechnologically from renewable resources, Biolys is an efficient source of L-lysine for animal feed, which helps to sustainably reduce costs in both feed production and animal breeding.

“With our amino acids and concepts for efficient animal nutrition, we intend to make a contribution to meeting the world’s growing demand for meat, dairy, eggs and fish in a sustainable manner,” Beste said.    


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