Clermont-Ferrand, 16 November 2021 – (FR0004177046 METEX), METabolic EXplorer (METEX), a leader in industrial fermentation for the production of natural-origin ingredients for animal nutrition, cosmetics and biopolymer markets, is reviewing the business activity of its industrial subsidiary METEX NØØVISTA located in Carling St-Avold in the Moselle department of France.
Following the detection of an operational discrepancy in a distillation unit, METEX announced on 16 September 2021 that it was suspending production at the plant so that the teams could carry out the work required to resolve the issue of heat exchanger scaling.
The work performed to rapidly resume production at the site has produced results. The stabilisation level attained in early November, at around 40% of total capacity, allowed us to resume deliveries of PDO to DSM for the cosmetics market on Wednesday 10 December, consistent with the market plan.
“The speed with which the METEX group teams resolved the production incidents was remarkable. The NØØVISTA teams delivered an adapted, rapid and effective response. The technical support of NØØVISTAGO experts in the resolution of these issues stands as a decisive asset in our business model. I am confident that the actions taken in the coming months will move ahead as scheduled in line with the plan to increase production capacity at the unit,” said Jean Louis Seris, CEO of METEX NØØVISTA.
In a further source of satisfaction for the Group, METEX NØØVISTA also completed the initial delivery of its natural-origin butyric acid derivative to its partner ALINOVA for the French animal nutrition market.
As a reminder, the METEX NØØVISTA plant is the only plant in Europe to produce natural-origin PDO and BA via fermentation for the cosmetics, animal nutrition and biosourced chemicals markets.
About METabolic EXplorer – www.metabolic-explorer.com
Using renewable raw materials, the company develops and industrialises innovative and competitive industrial fermentation processes as alternative to petrochemical processes to meet consumers’ new societal expectations and the objectives of the energy transition. Its functional ingredients of natural origin are used in the formulation of cosmetic products, nutrition-animal health or as intermediates for the synthesis of biomaterials.
The METEX NØØVISTA production unit, located in Carling (Moselle), allows the METEX Group to bring 1.3 propanediol (PDO) and butyric acid (BA) on the market.
The acquisition of AANE, which has become METEX NØØVISTAGO, the leading European producer of amino acids for animal nutrition, enables the METEX Group to realize its ambition to become one of the world market leaders in functional ingredients produced by fermentation.
Based at the Clermont Limagne technology park, near Clermont-Ferrand, METabolic EXplorer is listed on Euronext in Paris (Compartment C, METEX) and is included in the CAC Small Index.
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