CJ and Arkema have started the construction of, what the companies claim will be, the world's first bio-methionine plant and Asia's first thiochemical plant in Kerteh, Terengganu, Malaysia.
As part of the $450m joint project, CJ will build and operate the bio-methionine plant, while Arkema will build and operate the thiochemical plant and also supply raw ingredients to produce the bio-methionine.
Arkema executive vice president Marc Schuller said: "This significant project will strengthen and consolidate our position as the world leader in sulphur chemicals and allow our company to meet the growing needs of our customers and partners from petrochemicals, animal nutrition and oil and gas markets in Asia."
CJ Cheil Jedang CEO Chul-Ha Kim said the project will enable the company to produce four major feed amino acid products in their natural form.
''This is only the beginning as CJ leads the way with further innovation to renew our earth by developing environmentally beneficial products," Kim added.
The companies have selected the Kerteh site because of its logistical infrastructures and the availability of utilities and raw materials at competitive prices.
The plant, which is scheduled to come on stream by the end of 2013, will produce 80,000mt of bio-methionine additives for poultry and 50,000mt of sulphur derivatives for the petrochemical markets.