WACKER Starts Cystine Production in Spain
WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the life sciences division of the WACKER Group, has begun producing fermentation-generated cystine at its new site in León, Spain. Over the past eighteen months, the division has extensively modernized part of the 800 m³ fermentation capacity acquired there at the end of 2016. In addition, it has built a production line for cystine. Capital spending for the site totals some € 30 million. In the next few months, the plants are to be gradually qualified and ramped up to full capacity. The new site enables WACKER to meet its customers' rising global demand. Cystine and cysteine produced from cystine are used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. WACKER currently employs more than 40 people in León.

"With our investment in the León site, we are well equipped to further strengthen our position as the global market and technology leader for fermentation-generated cystine," said Dr. Gerhard Schmid, head of WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, explaining the expansion measures. "The modernized fermentation plants and the new cystine production plant enable us to reliably meet our customers' growing demand for cysteine and cystine, and to commercialize new fermentation-generated products.