BASF starts up own enzyme production
Germany-based chemical giant BASF has started producing enzymes at
its own production plant in Ludwigshafen.
The company acquired the exclusive rights from DSM to produce and sell the
under the trade name NatuphosÂ®.
The BASF-DSM alliance developed
NatuphosÂ® to market readiness. Joint research and marketing activities have made
NatuphosÂ® one of the top selling enzymes in the animal feed
BASF previously took over and integrated all activities
formerly performed by DSM, including technological know-how, patents and
joint development projects.
NatuphosÂ® is manufactured by a
resource-sparing biotechnological method called biocatalysis. The enzyme is
produced with the aid of the mold Aspergillus niger.
Growing enzyme portfolio
The new plant is also used in the manufacture of two modified and improved
enzyme products developed to help animals metabolise poorly digestible or
NatugrainÂ® Wheat TS, a new-generation,
high-purity, extremely heat resistant and highly effective xylanase, promotes
the breakdown of arabinoxylane. The latter is a structural component of all
plant-based animal feed, especially wheat.
The enzyme beta-glucanase
also underwent improvement. Marketing authorisation applications are being filed
and launch is scheduled for 2008. The product will be sold in combination with
NatugrainÂ® Wheat TS.
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