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DSM to stop production to enable revamp of Chinese vitamin E plant

By Jane Byrne

- Last updated on GMT

© GettyImages/AlexLMX
© GettyImages/AlexLMX
DSM says it has finalized the creation of a 75/25 joint venture with Chinese vitamin E supplier, Nenter & Co., which includes that company's Jingzhou Vitamin E production and related assets.

The JV now owns and will operate the vitamin E production facilities in Jingzhou, Hubei, China and it has a minority shareholding in Nenter’s Shishou facility, which is also located in that region, and where an intermediate for vitamin E is produced.  

The Dutch player has announced, though, an immediate shutdown of production at the Jingzhou facility to give it a face-lift. It said the JV will upgrade and refurbish the facilities to secure a high-quality and sustainable supply of vitamin E that complies with DSM’s safety, health and environmental standards.

The closure of the facility will last as long as needed to complete the revamp, said DSM.

As soon as there is more clarity on the total duration of the shutdown, it will provide an update, it added.

A spokesperson for DSM told FeedNavigator that this new partnership allows DSM to enhance its vitamin E position.

“The joint venture will provide DSM with cost-effective access to additional capacity allowing us to continue to grow organically in vitamin E, which is an essential ingredient in our animal nutrition premix solutions.

“All production under the JV is for DSM’s animal nutrition business.”

Vitamin E is not synthesized by poultry and pigs and is therefore an essential micronutrient in feed formulation. 

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