Wacker steps up cysteine presence | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 1 | p. 12 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 2, 2017

Wacker steps up cysteine presence

Department: Business
Keywords: specialty chemicals, fermentation, cysteine, Wacker

Wacker Chemie has struck a deal to acquire a large-scale fermentation plant in Spain from Antibióticos de León. Wacker says it will spend about $30 million to modernize the facility in anticipation of using it to produce the amino acid cysteine for use in food and pharmaceutical markets. Wacker calls itself the first company to produce cysteine via fermentation. Other manufacturers extract it from human or animal hair, feathers, or pig bristles.

 
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