Sumitomo Opens New Plant for Feed Additive Methionine

October 5, 2018

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Sumitomo Opens New Plant for Feed Additive Methionine
The new Sumitomo plant for feed additive methionine in Niihama City, Japan. Image courtesy of Sumitomo Chemical

A ceremony was held by Sumitomo Chemical on Thursday to mark the completion of its new production plant for feed additive methionine in Niihama City, Japan. 

The market for methionine, an essential amino acid added to livestock feed, is expected to grow at a rate of about 6% annually over the coming years, according to Sumitomo. Moving to meet this projected demand, the new facility is “one of the largest” investments the company has made in Japan.

“This methionine capacity expansion will enable the Sumitomo Chemical to further cement its position as a leading supplier of the product in Asia, contributing at the same time to an ensured stable food supply globally,” the company said in a press release.

Sumitomo’s new plant features a production line capable of producing 100,000 mt/yr, raising the firm’s overall capacity for methionine to 250,000 mt/yr. 

As operations at the Niihama City site come online, the company will utilize its existing global sales network and distribution collaboration with ITOCHU Corporation to expand sales following the expansion. 

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