German feed additive manufacturer Evonik is to reduce its four DL-methionine production facilities to three international hubs – at Alabama in the US to service the Americas, Antwerp for Europe and Singapore for Asia. It says the change will maximise economies of scale and production efficiencies.

The company will close the smallest of its MetAMINO-brand DL-methionine plants at Wesseling in Germany by the end of the first quarter 2021. This facility, opened in 1967, had an annual capacity of 65,000 tonnes per year. At the same time, there will be a €25 million upgrade of the world-scale plant for methionine intermediates at the Wesseling site to safeguard the long-term supply of materials to the European MetAMINO plant at Antwerp in Belgium.

Evonik says that all three of the remaining world-scale MetAMINO plants have best-in-class technology lines and can be expanded further. The improved utilisation of existing capacity will bring economies of scale and the enhanced ability to adapt to any market conditions.

The Singapore facility was opened in 2014, with a 2019 upgrade doubling the nameplate capacity at the site to 300,000 tons per year – the world’s largest DL-methionine production complex.

• Evonik has welcomed the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China’s decision to close its anti-dumping investigation against imports of methionine originating in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

“Our customers will continue to benefit from supply reliability and security for an essential feed ingredient for a sustainable and affordable protein supply chain,” says the company’s head of animal nutrition business line Dr Emmanuel Auer. “We remain fully committed to our customers in China and across the world.”