Regional News  |  January 26, 2022

BASF expands production capacity for feed enzymes

  • The expansion of BASF’s Ludwigshafen enyzme plant has started production and larger volumes of BASF feed enzymes are already available. 
  • BASF`s Animal Nutrition business can continue to serve the growing demand for enzymes and thus supporting customers' growth plans.

BASF has expanded the production capacity of its enzyme plant in Ludwigshafen (Germany). Through the expansion of the existing plant, BASF has significantly increased the number of feasible fermentation runs p.a.  The larger production capacity enables BASF to meet the growing global demand for a reliable high-quality supply of the BASF feed enzymes Natuphos® E (phytase), Natugrain® TS (xylanase + glucanase) and the recently launched Natupulse® TS (mannanase). 

As a pioneer in the field of enzymes in animal nutrition for more than 30 years, BASF has paved the way for better utilisation of feed nutrients. Since then, enzymes have established themselves as indispensable feed additives for improving efficiency and sustainability in animal protein production. As animal protein consumption and the inclusion rate of feed enzymes to reduce feed costs continues to increase, global demand for feed enzymes is on a growth trajectory.

“With this capacity expansion, BASF addresses the needs of our customers through investments and product innovation” says Michael De Marco, BASF Vice President Global Business Management Enzymes. “This underlines our commitment to meeting the increasing demand of our customers around the globe. “

Focusing on the development of the feed industry, Daniela Calleri, BASF Vice President Business Management Animal Nutrition, comments: “The market asks for  more enzymes. Demand is expected to continue to rise in the coming years. This is where BASF wants to expand its position as one of the leading manufacturers of feed enzymes.”  She adds: "The excellent stability and proven efficacy of BASF's enzymes are meeting a growing  demand. We are excited to serve our customers even better and grow together with them moving forward”.

The expanded enzyme plant has already started production and larger quantities of BASF feed enzymes are now available.


About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at


About BASF Animal Nutrition

BASF Animal Nutrition is one of the leading suppliers of feed additives to the animal protein value chain. With our long-term experience in the feed ingredients business and our proven, high-performing products and solutions, we want to help shape the future of the industry. We call it the science of sustainable feed that succeeds. Our product portfolio of vitamins and carotenoids, enzymes, organic acids, trace elements and other feed additives is well positioned to tackle pressing sustainability challenges. We offer our customers solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource efficiency as well as animal wellbeing. Our continuous investment in new technologies and R&D, our global research network and market presence and our close collaboration with our customers enable us to understand the needs of the animal feed industry and provide  beneficial solutions. Digital technologies increasingly expand our portfolio. With Cloudfarms, BASF offers a livestock farm management solution since 2020. Our sustainability metrics software Opteinics helps to improve the carbon footprint of animal protein and can be integrated in feed formulation software. This also makes BASF Animal Nutrition a leading provider when it comes to future-oriented digital solutions. Further information is available at


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Last Update January 26, 2022