Evonik expands threonine production

Published on: Nov 22, 2013

Evonik has increased production capacity for its ThreAMINO L-threonine at Evonik Agroferm Zrt., a 100% subsidiary of the Group in Kaba, Hungary, to 30,000 metric tons. The plant expansion officially came on line Nov. 22.

"The expansion of the plant in Kaba is a milestone for the growth strategy of Evonik in the area of feed amino acids," said Dr. Stefan Mack, head of product management in the Evonk Bioproducts Business Line. "We now have a world-scale plant for ThreAMINO with state-of-the-art technology."

The fermentation and processing capacity was also increased as part of the expansion. Thanks to state-of-the-art membrane filtration and crystallization technologies, the yield achieved in the process has also increased. The additional quantities will enable Evonik to meet the increasing demand for L-threonine (feed grade 98.5%) and to contribute to efficient animal nutrition, the announcement said.

L-threonine is an essential amino acid that the body cannot produce itself, so livestock and poultry have to consume it as part of their feed.