BASF to suspend production of lysine in October


In autumn 2002, BASF will suspend lysine production in Gunsan, Korea, for essential maintenance and rebuilding work. The lysine plant will be shut down at the beginning of October for about 6 weeks.

In this period, a new plant to manufacture vitamin B2 will be integrated into the existing fermentation plant for lysine at the Gunsan site. Due to high demand for lysine this year, availability is likely to be limited until the end of December.

Availability of vitamin B2 will not be affected, as this product is currently supplied from the Ludwigshafen site.

Lysine is an amino acid that is essential in animal nutrition. Signs of deficiency become apparent in animals whose diet contains insufficient amounts of lysine. Lysine produced by means of biotechnology is added to concentrated feed as a source of protein and offers an alternative to soybeans.

In 2001, 470,000 metric tons of lysine worth approximately EUR 800 million were sold. BASF's Fine Chemicals division produces lysine at its site in Gunsan, Korea, and is one of the three largest manufacturers of lysine worldwide. BASF is the only supplier of feed additives that offers a unique and coherent product portfolio consisting of vitamins, premixes, carotenoids, enzymes, organic acids and the first non-antibiotic growth promoter in addition to lysine from its own production.

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