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Sumitomo to Offer Animal Feed Analysis in Brazil

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Animal feed analysis at Sumitomo's research base in Malaysia.
Animal feed analysis at Sumitomo's research base in Malaysia. (Source: Sumitomo Chemical)

Sumitomo Chemical is going to set up animal feed analysis capabilities at the Latin America Research Center in Sao Paulo, operated by its Brazilian subsidiary. The centre will provide technical support services for feed millers who purchased the company’s methionine products.

Sao Paulo/Brazil — Starting during the first quarter of 2018, the Research Center will offer analysis services of major ingredients in animal feed, such as corn and soybean meal.

The company sells methionine in more than 70 countries around the world. In Asia, the Company has already been providing animal feed analysis services through its Malaysian subsidiary.

Given the growth of a methionine demand in recent years in Central and South American countries, the company intends to strengthen its customer support at the Research Center in Brazil, aiming at accelerating sales expansion more broadly in the region.

Methionine is an essential amino acid and cannot be synthesized by the animal organism. Poultry feed, which is mainly made up of corn, often does not contain a sufficient quantity of methionine. As a result, methionine is widely used as a feed additive mainly to increase productivity of chicken meat and eggs. When feed millers add methionine, they first determine an appropriate quantity, according to proportions of nutritional ingredients contained in the feed. This requires the analysis of individual ingredients contained in the feed beforehand.

The methionine market is expected to keep expanding significantly in the future. In light of this long-term outlook, the company is currently expanding their methionine manufacturing capability at its Ehime Works in Japan by 100,000 tons per year. A new production line is due to be operational in the third quarter of 2018.

The company announced that it would continue to expand its methionine business worldwide by further solidifying its global technical support by, among other things, rendering animal feed analysis services not just in Central and South America, but also elsewhere in the world.

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