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The long-term development of this segment's business is driven by socio-economic megatrends. As a result of growth in the world population, demand for food based on animal protein is rising steadily. At the same time, the rise of an affluent middle class in the emerging markets is increasing consumption of meat and leading to higher demand for better quality day-to-day consumer goods such as personal care products and cosmetics. Moreover, as a result of demographic change the proportion of older people in the developed markets will rise in the long term, leading to higher demand for cosmetics, wellness and healthcare products. This segment produces essential amino acids for animal nutrition and is a strategic partner for the healthcare industry. Success factors include years of experience of chemical synthesis and biotechnology. Our amino acids are used as building blocks in the synthesis of animal protein, especially in nutrition tailored to the needs of poultry and pigs. As a result, livestock needs less feed. That also reduces excretion of nitrogen and other undigested nutrients, which improves the carbon footprint of livestock farming and reduces overfertilization of the soil. All amino acids for animal nutrition are marketed via a common global distribution platform. Ingredients, additives and system solutions, especially for high-quality consumer goods and specific industrial applications, are further focal areas of this segment. Nutrition & Care has outstanding knowledge of interfacial chemistry. Its portfolio includes products based on an extensive range of oleochemical derivatives, organically modified silicones, and active ingredients produced by biotechnology. Key success factors are high innovative capacity and strategic partnerships with important consumer goods manufacturers. In addition, we utilize our silicon technology platform to produce specialties for industrial applications. The Personal Care and Household Care Business Lines supply a wide range of innovative system solutions to the consumer goods industry for use in cosmetics, personal care products and cleaning agents. They impart special properties to cremes and solutions, sunscreens, hair conditioners and fabric care products: They make hair smoother and glossier, improve the skin's elasticity, enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens and make cremes easier to apply. Evonik is the world market leader in additives for polyurethane foam. The Comfort & Insulation Business Line develops and produces innovative additives and processing auxiliaries based on organically modified silicones for use in the manufacture of polyurethane foam. Significant applications for these foams include insulation for building facades and refrigerators. The Interface & Performance Business Line offers oleochemical and silicone-based specialties for customers in various markets. The principal focus is on properties for specific applications. The solutions offered by this business line improve the efficacy of crop protection products and raise the efficiency of industrial production processes. Examples are radiation-cured components for release coatings, process auxiliaries such as antifoams, and specialties that improve the feel of fibers. The Baby Care Business Line is one of the leading producers of superabsorbents for diapers, feminine hygiene products and incontinence products. These powder polymers form a gel that can absorb up to 500 times its weight in liquid and does not release it even under pressure. Therefore, only a few grams of superabsorbents are needed to achieve the necessary properties in the end-products. Nutrition & Care is also a strategic partner for producers of pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements and medical products. Our Health Care Business Line is a single-source supplier of an extensive range of products, from active ingredients to smart drug delivery systems that regulate the exact time and place at which active ingredients are released in the body. Our offering comprises exclusive synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients tailored to customers' needs, and the development and production of amino acids for pharmaceuticals. Our activities in the field of functional excipients for pharmaceutical applications comprise technology platforms for methacrylate-based coatings for oral drug delivery systems and lactide polymers for bioresorbable medical products and parenteral depot formulations. Based on this broad portfolio of polymers, we have systematically expanded our range of development services. Today, we provide support for customers from the development of formulations and the provision of samples for clinical development to commercial production of the final medications.
Through its Animal Nutrition Business Line, Evonik is the only company in the world that offers all four key amino acids for animal nutrition: methionine (MetAMINO®), and three products produced by fermentation—lysine (Biolys®), threonine (ThreAMINO®) and tryptophan (TrypAMINO®). As the global market leader in DL-methionine, we have many years of experience of the technically demanding production process, which we are constantly developing and optimizing. This expertise, which is implemented via backwardly integrated world-scale production plants, secures our strong competitive position. In the market, Evonik differentiates itself through its portfolio of high-quality products, a worldwide distribution network and extensive services in the field of animal nutrition. We have highly efficient state-of-the-art production facilities for DL-methionine in all major economic regions worldwide. The most recent is a new DL-methionine complex in Singapore, which was taken into service in fall 2014. To drive forward its strategic development, Evonik has successfully launched innovations giving it access to new markets and applications for amino acids such as aquaculture. These include a new source of methionine to meet the nutritional requirements of shrimp and other crustaceans.
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