BASF and BIOMIN to introduce new phytase to unlock vital nutrients for Vietnam’s feed industry

Agreement Signing Ceremony

Seated: Stephen Crisp, Regional Sales Head, BASF Animal Nutrition Asia Pacific, and Marc Guinnement, Managing Director, BIOMIN Asia Pacific, signing the partnership agreement. Standing from left to right: Jan Vanbrabant, Chairman of Executive Board, CEO; Le My Lien, Sales Executive; Jessie Sie-Tho, Senior Manager - Product Management, BASF Animal Nutrition Asia Pacific; Nguyen Quang Phuong, Managing Director BIOMIN Vietnam; Erich Erber, Founder and President; Nguyen Thao Suong Sales Executive;

  • New phytase Natuphos® E helps swine, poultry and aquaculture better utilize phosphorous, amino acids and energy, resulting in economic and environmental benefits
  • Unprecedented enzyme stability has set new benchmark for feed phytase technology globally
  • BIOMIN Vietnam, as key distributor, will be responsible for the distribution of Natuphos E in the Vietnamese market

Da Nang, Vietnam – June 4, 2018 – BASF, the first company to market a phytase for feed almost 30 years ago, has once again set a new standard in phytase technology with Natuphos® E. As a new generation phytase which helps pigs, poultry and aquaculture better utilize phosphorous and other key nutrients, Natuphos E ensures more productive and sustainable output for the animal feed industry and local farmers. BASF will be launching the product in Vietnam, and BIOMIN Vietnam will be responsible for the distribution in the country.

“BIOMIN is honored and excited to bring Natuphos E to the Vietnamese market with BASF. This cooperation has been built on a strong relationship and trust that we developed over time. Innovation and quality are our focus and we look forward to building our partnership and further developing the business footprint of both BIOMIN and BASF in the region,” said Marc Guinnement, Managing Director, BIOMIN Asia Pacific.

“High quality products, good access to the market and sound technical support are the keys to success in any market,” said Stephen Crisp, Regional Sales Head, BASF Animal Nutrition Asia Pacific. “BIOMIN is a multinational company with a strong market presence and penetration in Vietnam. Through our partnership with BIOMIN, feed manufacturers and farmers will benefit from considerable cost savings through a more efficient diet. Natuphos E releases phosphorus, amino acids and energy which can be utilized by the animal. This makes Natuphos E the most efficient choice available in the market.”

The majority of phosphorous in grains and oilseeds is bound to phytic acid, an anti-nutritive factor found in feed. Phytate-bound phosphorous cannot be absorbed well by animals such as pigs and poultry, and is therefore excreted and lost as a potential nutrient. As a result, manufacturers need to supplement the feed with either inorganic phosphates or very effective phytases to make sure the animals are supplied adequately with the required amounts of the essential phosphorous.

Natuphos E also releases other valuable nutrients, making animals generally more efficient at digesting their feed. This leads to less excretion of undigested phosphate, which, as a result, helps reduce water pollution.

In addition to Natuphos E, BIOMIN Vietnam will also be responsible for the distribution of Natugrain® TS, a feed enzyme containing highly purified NSP-degrading enzymes, in the Vietnamese market.

The two companies officially announced the partnership as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of BIOMIN Vietnam.

Manufactured by BASF in Germany, Natuphos E delivers superior pelleting and premix stability in challenging environments and feed-production processes, in addition to a long-term shelf life stability. To date, the new phytase has been launched in some 10 countries in Asia Pacific and recently in the European Union market.

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