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Degussa to build world’s largest methionine plant in Antwerp

Degussa, the German fine chemicals specialist, has given the final go-ahead for a proposed 350 million euro expansion of its methionine production capacity at its Antwerp, Flanders, plant. The company cited the good infrastructure and logistics services as the reason for its decision to select Antwerp.


The facility’s current production of methionine, an amino acid largely used in chicken feed, is currently 80,000 tons. The expansion will increase capacity to 150,000 tons a year, making it the largest such plant in the world. It is due to come on-stream by mid-2005.

Degussa also invested 100 million euro in its Antwerp operations in 2002. At the end of last year the company’s Antwerp personnel totaled 1,131 people. The new plant will mean some 90 direct and indirect jobs, with some being filled internally.

 

Reported by
FIT
10 September 2003

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