When it comes to industrial fermentation processes for new products, all roads at Evonik lead to the Group’s Slovakian site in Slovenská Ľupča, which lies at the foot of the Low Tatras mountains. Fermas s.r.o., a company in which the former Degussa AG held a majority of shares, began the fermentative production of the amino acids lysine and threonine in 1993.

Evonik Fermas s.r.o.

Over the past 30 years, Evonik's site in Slovakia has developed into a strategic center for biotechnology with a team of highly qualified experts. In June, 2022 Evonik started the construction of the world’s first commercial rhamnolipid production facility. The new biosurfactant plant is a triple-digit million-euro investment in Evonik’s biotech hub in Slovakia.