Evonik enters probiotic alliance with Vland

By Jane Byrne contact

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© GettyImages/Mark Airs
© GettyImages/Mark Airs
German chemical company, Evonik, says it has entered into a strategic product development partnership with Chinese biotechnology company, Vland.

It said both companies would work on innovations for probiotics in animal nutrition and enzymes for industrial use.

They will look to develop new business opportunities for probiotics in livestock, aquaculture and plant care applications. 

The alliance will benefit both companies, they said. The partners will exchange expertise, develop new products and improve process technology. 

Evonik says its decades of experience in animal nutrition will complement Vland’s technological competence.

The organizations said they share the same belief that the only way to meet the current demands for sustainable livestock farming is through adopting holistic approaches. Evonik said that, for it, this means linking data- and knowledge-based services with technical services, and at the same time ensuring the availability of a wide portfolio of feed additives for livestock farming.

Vland in research project with ADM

Vland, which was established in 2005 in Qingdao in the Shandong Province of China, specializes in the research and development of enzymes, probiotics, vaccines and animal health products. It said it seeks out these kind of opportunities as it looks to work with likeminded partners around the world. 

The Chinese company also announced a partnership with ADM in January​ this year to expand enzyme research and product development.

The terms of the agreement mean that each company will have the ability to provide the other with access and information related to specific enzyme strains and plasmids, said Andrew Carlson, VP, bioactives and specialty animal nutrition, ADM.

“The companies will individually conduct research to develop commercially viable enzyme products for animal feed applications,”​ he told FeedNavigator back then. 

Both ADM and Vland will have opportunities to commercialize any resulting products, explained Carlson.

“ADM has vast experience and expertise in the area of feed and feed ingredients – both on the macro and the micro level,” ​he said. “We are able to approach the enzymes platform with proprietary knowledge that lends itself to a novel approach, and this new agreement with Vland will help us take that to another level.”

A spokesperson for Evonik told FeedNavigator that it would not interfere with any other partnerships that Vland has with other parties. "[Our alliance has a] clear focus on probiotics in animal nutrition and on enzymes for industrial use."

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