Chongqing Unisplendor Co. has broken ground on the second phase of a three-phase project in Ningxia, China, to expand its total methionine production capacity by more than 200,000 tons, according to a report provided by Smart Agriculture Analytics.

The first phase of the expansion project is in operation, with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons.

In 2012, China consumed 194,000 tons of methionine, including imports of 183,000 tons.

Unisplendour is China’s leading producer of methionine, and the only domestic producer of methionine with independently owned production technology IP.

In September 2010, Chongqing Unisplendour Tianhua Methionine Co. Ltd. announced that it had built the first production plant in China for feedgrade DL-methionine, allowing domestically produced methionine to be purchased for the first time.

Unisplendour also has started work on a 10,000 ton 2-Naphthol production facility.