October 1, 2019


Sumitomo Chemical strengthens competitiveness of its methionine business




Sumitomo Chemical, which has operated an increasing number of feed additive methionine plants at Ehime works in Japan since 1966, announced October 1 that it will seek to further enhance its market competitiveness in its feed additive methionine business, by discontinuing the production at the end of September at one of its plants with less efficiency in productivity and also to renew its production plans in other plants.


In its methionine business, Sumitomo Chemical has cultivated over many years its strengths in its integrated production process starting from raw materials, as well as the proprietary production technology. Based on these strengths, in October 2018, Sumitomo Chemical completed a new production line capable of producing 100,000 tonnes per year with significantly reduced raw material and utility losses. Taking advantage of Sumitomo Chemical's know-how as a diversified chemical company in handling specialised waste liquids and gases, its plants have been continuing full and stable productions with advanced environmental and safety measures and a quality-control system.


Today, Sumitomo Chemical has therefore decided to further strengthen its competitiveness by discontinuing production at the end of September at one of its plants that has aged over 50 years and is experiencing less efficiency in production due to increasing maintenance costs, etc. and by renewing its production plans in other plants.