Sumitomo Chemical Co. will soon produce amino acid feed additives outside of Japan for the first time, according to The Nikkei. The company has an 80% stake in a plant that is under construction in China’s Liaoning province and is set to begin production of the amino acid methionine for poultry feed in 2011. The factory has a planned annual production capacity of 20,000 tons.

The Nikkei reports that the Chinese market for amino acid feed additives is growing 5% to 6% annually as consumption of poultry rises. Sumitomo Chemical’s goal is to supply 20% of the global amino acid feed supplement market, the newspaper reports.

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