Sumitomo Chemical held a completion ceremony for its new production line of feed additive methionine at its Ehime Works in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The investment in the new manufacturing facility represents one of the largest investments made by the company in Japan.
Niihama City/Japan — Methionine is an essential amino acid that cannot be synthesized in an animal’s body. It is widely used as a feed additive in the livestock industry, mainly for poultry feed, to increase productivity of chicken meat and eggs because poultry feeds, made mainly from corn, often do not contain sufficient amounts of methionine. The global methionine market has been growing at an annual rate of about 6 % recently and is expected to show a similar growth in the years to come.
Following several trial runs, the new line will start commercial production soon. The production capacity of the new line is approximately 100,000 metric tons per year, which brings Sumitomo Chemical's total production capacity for methionine to approximately 250,000 metric tons per year including existing facilities.
In order to realize swift sales expansion after the production capacity increase, the company has already reinforced marketing/sales capabilities globally with its worldwide sales network established. Furthermore, the company entered into a methionine distribution collaboration with Itochu Corporation in April 2017, and premarketing activities conducted under the collaborative scheme has been in solid progress as planned.