Wednesday, September 14, 2016

14/09/2016: AQUAVI® Met-Met production started in Antwerp

At its site in Antwerp (Belgium), Evonik has inaugurated the world's first plant for the production of a new source of methionine specifically designed for shrimp and other crustaceans.

The product, sold under the name AQUAVI® Met-Met, is an aquaculture feed additive to make shrimp farming more efficient and sustainable. The plant’s modular design allows for increasing production capacity in order to meet customer demand.
Opening Moment on plant in Antwerp (from left): Bart De Wever, Mayor of the City of
Antwerp, Frank Daman, General Manager Evonik Antwerp, Gaëlle Husser, Product
Manager AQUAVI® Met-Met, Evonik Nutrition & Care, Dr. Reiner Beste, Chairman
 of the Board of Management, Evonik Nutrition & Care.   

“With AQUAVI® Met-Met, we are launching another product for healthy and sustainable animal nutrition. Based on our scientific and technological expertise, we have developed a product innovation that we can now offer to our customers worldwide,” said Dr. Reiner Beste, Chairman of the Board of Management of Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, at the inauguration ceremony.

Since shrimp farming is concentrated in warmer seas close to the equator, the main markets for AQUAVI® Met-Met are located in Asia as well as in South and Central America.

Evonik is already beginning to supply customers from these regions with the new product as the plant is ramped up to capacity. “We are pleased that Evonik built the first production facility for AQUAVI® Met-Met in Antwerp,” said Frank Daman, Evonik site manager in Antwerp.

“The new plant affirms our site’s key position in Evonik's global production network for methionine.” AQUAVI® Met-Met is produced in conjunction with an existing methionine plant in a fully backward-integrated process.
Graffiti art "AQUAVI Met-Met" from
Steve Locatelli, famous Belgium
graffiti artist.  

The environmentally friendly production process is water-based and uses no organic solvents. The Antwerp site with its harbour is an ideal hub for shipping the product to customers worldwide.

AQUAVI® Met-Met, a dipeptide made up of two DL-methionine molecules, achieves the same weight increase in shrimp and crustaceans as conventional methionine sources, but uses only half the active substance.

This is mainly due to the fact that the dipeptide must be enzymatically broken down in the digestive system of the shrimp and is therefore available for protein synthesis at the right time. That in turn means that a higher share can be processed.

In addition, AQUAVI® Met-Met is considerably less water-soluble than other methionine sources and therefore does not leach out of feed as quickly. This relieves the burden on the water.

Evonik has over 60 years of experience in the manufacture of essential amino acids and their derivatives and provides solutions for efficient and sustainable animal nutrition to customers in over one hundred countries.

Evonik wants to make an even greater contribution to the efficiency of animal feed by adding innovative feed additives beyond amino acids to its portfolio in order to create additional value for its customers.

Evonik’s products and services in the area of animal nutrition play a key role worldwide in the production of healthy and affordable food, while preserving natural resources and reducing the ecological footprint.

Read more HERE.

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