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Evonik starts construction of the first production plant for methionine dipeptide



From left: Frank Daman, General Manager Evonik Degussa Antwerpen NV, Dr. Emmanuel Auer, head of Animal Nutrition business line, Dr. Christoph Kobler, head of product management aquaculture

Evonik Industries held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the on-schedule start of construction on the first plant for the production of AQUAVI® Met-Met in Antwerp (Belgium). The product, a dipeptide made up of two methionine molecules, is a feed additive specially developed for shrimp and other crustaceans in aquacultures. The investment volume is in the lower double-digit-million-euro range.

Commercial quantities of the product will be available when the new plant commences operation in the second half of 2015. Customers can now request samples from Evonik to carry out joint feed studies. Feed studies on quantities from pilot plants are already underway worldwide.

"Adding a highly effective methionine source to the feed is just as profitable for shrimp and crustaceans as for fish. We now can offer our customers also for this species a tailor-made solution," said Dr. Emmanuel Auer, head of the Animal Nutrition Business Line at Evonik in Antwerp.

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