November 9, 2012
Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition expands production of "AjiProTM-L"
Press release


Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group, Inc. (AANG) is expediting the implementation of the next generation technology in the USA and France to reinforce its cost competitiveness, and is expanding the production capacity of "AjiProTM-L" to respond to the growing demand in the USA.

AANG is also promoting multifaceted activities for global food resource sustainability and moving forward to enhance the animal nutrition business values, based on the Mid-term Business Strategy. It is implementing the next generation technology - Lower Resource Fermentation Technology for L-Lysine in the USA in the second quarter of 2013 and France in the fourth quarter of 2013. In France, AANG already launched this technology also for L-Tryptophan in August 2012.

The Lower Resource Fermentation Technology is an unprecedented new technology which requires less production raw materials and energy in producing feed use amino acid products. The Ajinomoto roup has developed this innovative technology, considering the sustainability of global food resources and the environment. With this technology, AANG will also be able to decrease investment amount for capacity expansion by simplified production process.

The company is now in the middle of expanding 60,000 tonnes of L-Lysine and as a result, the majority of the total 400,000 tonnes of L-Lysine capacity will be produced by the Lower Resource Fermentation Technology. AANG already completed L-Tryptophan expansion by 1,000 tonnes and the total production capacity of L-Tryptophan has reached 4,000 tonnes per year. They will further reinforce its cost competitiveness and assure the supply to the growing needs of the customers.

"AjiProTM-L" is a rumen protected L-Lysine product which was launched in the USA in April, 2011. Ajinomoto's innovative technology has enabled AANG to apply it effectively for ruminants. "AjiProTM-L" is increasingly well accepted by its customers in the USA with scientifically proven data on product efficacy.

AANG will expand the production capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand in the USA and continue to upgrade the bioavailability of the product to accommodate the future market potentials.

Ajinomoto Co. is a global manufacturer of high-quality seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.