CJ and Arkema agree MoU to build bio-methionine plant

South-Korea-based CJ CheilJedang and French chemicals producer Arkema have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a bio-methionine and thiochemicals platform in South East Asia (Malaysia or Thailand).

This project, which represents overall investments of $400m (£244.4m) split equally between the partners, entails the construction of the world’s first ‘world-scale’ methyl mercaptan integrated bio-methionine plant, which will enable CJ to respond to strong demand for methionine, a sulphur amino acid widely used for animal feed in Asia.