Mechanical construction of the new DL-Methionine plant of Degussas AGs feed additives business has been completed. The commercial production at this plant is scheduled to start later this year. Dr Hubert Wennemer President of Business Unit said" We are fully on schedule with Degussas biggest investment project ever.With the new fully integrated DL-Methionine plant,we have realised a series of innovative process improvements ,which further improve our cost position, thus representing a central element of our long term growth plan." Degussa will operate two world scale methionine production plants at Antwerp harbour site.Both will have have a combined capacity to 3,50,000 T annually. Degussa AG is the only company in the world to supply from a single source all four of the important amino acids for animal nutrition:DL- Methionine,L-Tryptophan.These amino acids are produced at six sites in five countries.Dr Reiner Beste, vice president-marketing explained, "Even more important to keep the production capacities in line with demand, the older 80,000 T plant will be taken out of production and only be restarted when required by the growing demand of our customers around the globe."