Tonisity International Limited, based in Dublin, Ireland, has announced the appointment of Mathieu Cortyl as Managing Director Europe and Asia-Pacific. Mathieu brings with him 25 years of experience in the feed and feed additives industry in Europe & Asia-Pacific.

Speaking about his appointment, Cortyl said, “I am really thrilled by the opportunity offered by Tonisity. The product they developed [Tonisity Px] has a huge amount of research behind it and I am convinced it has a great future. The feedback I have already received from producers is extremely positive.

Px by Tonisity is the first isotonic protein drink for pigs that contains key ingredients to support the intestinal cells, the enterocytes. When the enterocytes are working efficiently, the pig's body is able to absorb more nutrients.

By supporting the enterocytes, Px helps overcome the key productivity hurdles of young pigs, namely pre-weaning mortality (PWM) and ensures a smooth transition through weaning. Various strategies are used to try to overcome these hurdles. Milk replacer, electrolyte solutions, and quick-start drenches are all used by producers to give extra energy and fluids to piglets. Antibiotics, probiotics, pre-biotics and plant extracts are all used in an attempt to modify the intestinal bacteria population.

None of those strategies actually improve the function of the intestinal cells (enterocytes), which are the engines that are responsible for absorbing any nutrients. A more focused approach is to nourish the intestinal cells themselves and help them to do the best job they can of absorbing nutrients, and this is the approach that Tonisity has taken in the development of Px.

Tonisity has taken great care to investigate how best to use Px and to demonstrate the return on investment to producers. Over the last two years, Tonisity has conducted over 27 trials involving over 760 litters and 9,600 pigs on production farms in the United States, United Kingdom and Spain. This research has shown that Px has a positive impact on pre-weaning mortality and post-weaning weight, as well as other key parameters.

Cortyl added, "We are now in the process of appointing distributors across Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and those interested in joining us are welcome to contact me at"