Following an issue with hydrocyanic acid (HCN) supply for methionine production, Evonik has temporarily shut down its methionine manufacturing plants in Antwerp.
Dr. Emmanuel Auer, Head of Animal Nutrition Business Line at Evonik explained: “Unfortunately we have suffered an outage of HCN supply for our methionine production. The supply failure impacts both of our methionine plants in Antwerp.” Evonik has informed its customers and suppliers about the problems. “We have decided to send a Force Majeure notification to our customers and suppliers with immediate effect, in accordance with our contracts.”
Evonik is investigating repair scenarios and is expecting to have a solution very soon. Meanwhile Evonik is trying to meet customer demand with stock materials and does not expect any impact on earnings. “The technical teams are working hard to solve the problem and customers will be kept informed as the situation develops”, according to Evonik
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2018, the enterprise with more than 32,000 employees generated sales of €13.3 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion from continuing operations.
The Nutrition & Care segment is led by Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH and contributes to fulfilling basic human needs. That includes applications for everyday consumer goods as well as animal nutrition and health care. This segment employed about 8,200 employees, and generated sales of around €4.6 billion in 2018.