Sumitomo Chemical adds new production line for feed additive methionine in Ehime, Japan

Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese company, will expand its production capacity for the feed additive methionine by adding a new production line in its Ehime Works facility in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The company has made this expansion decision to meet the growing demand for the product.

With this expansion, the production capacity would be increased by 100,000 metric tonnes annually, taking the total production capacity to 250,000 metric tonnes per annum.

The new facility is expected to complete by mid-2018.

"The demand for the methionine has increased, mainly due to population growth."

Methionine is an amino acid that is widely used as a feed additive in livestock industry, and mainly as poultry feed made from corn to increase the productivity of chicken farms in producing meat and eggs.

Adding methionine in the right proportion and proper balance to amino acid helps in reducing nitrogen compounds in poultry excrement, one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

In recent years, the demand for the methionine has increased, mainly due to population growth.

The global methionine market is estimated to currently be at 1.1 million tonnes.

Sumitomo Chemical's decision to develop its new line at the Ehime Works was taken after considering multiple factors, the most critical of which was cost competitiveness.

This new expansion will help the Japanese chemical company to reinforce its position as a leading player within the methionine business in Asia, as well as contribute towards a stable food supply globally.