DSM and Evonik Establish Joint Venture for Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Natural Marine Algae for Animal Nutrition
Pubblicato il: 08/03/2017 08:01
RoyalDSM and Evoniktodayannouncedtheir intention toestablishajointventureforomega-3 fatty acid productsfrom natural marine algaefor animal nutrition.This breakthroughinnovation will, for the first time, enablethe production ofomega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition without using fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource.EvonikandDSM'salternative omega-3 source is the firstto offer both EPA and DHA and will be aimed at initial applications insalmonaquaculture and pet food.The companies willtogetherbuilda commercial-scale production facilityin the United States.
DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care will each hold a 50% share in the joint venture and co-own the production facility, which will be built at an existing site of Evonik and is expected to come on stream in 2019. The joint venture plans to invest around US$ 200 million in the facility (USD 100 million by each party over circa 2 years). The initial annual production capacity will meet roughly 15% of the total current annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry. The set-up of the joint venture, to be named Veramaris and headquartered in The Netherlands, will be finalized subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Evonik's and DSM's highly concentrated algal oil is a high value and pure source that will enable the animal nutrition industry to keep up with the increasing demand for these two essential omega-3 fatty acids without endangering fish stocks, contributing to healthy animal nutrition as well as to the ecological balance and biodiversity of the oceans.