September 25, 2007


Ajinomoto Brazil expands production of amino acids



Ajinomoto's Brazilian subsidiary has been turned into an exports platform for amino acids, with the production of lysine and treonine with applications in the breeding of poultry and hogs.


Masami Kashiwakura, the company's manager, says local production of amino acids is 132,000 million tonnes per year (mtpy), and is expected to expand as Ajinomoto implements this strategy. From Brazil the company exports 60 to 70 percent of its animals division output to Latin America and now is increasing sales to the US and Europe, and plus Asia and the Middle East.


Animal nutrition products, manufactured in the Sao Paulo states plants at Valparaiso (60,000 mtpy lysine) and Pederneiras (60,000 mtpy lysine, 12,000 mtpy treonine), account for 30 percent of the filial's R$1.3bil overall turnover. Over the last 10 years Ajinomoto has invested US$220 million in Brazil and future investments would include the animal nutrition products from the fermentation of sugarcane.