World-leading enzyme manufacturer Novozymes plans to build a USD 80-100m production facility in Nebraska, USA, to meet future demand for enzymes in the bioethanol industry, the company writes in a press release. The new facility in the Cornhusker State will be located at the Biorefinery Campus in Blair, and will initially employ 100 people. Novozymes plans to break ground in late 2008 with operations scheduled to start by the end of 2010.
Peder Holk Nielsen, head of the Novozymes' enzyme business says: "It is very interesting to us to expand our enzyme manufacturing operations in the US. As a leading manufacturer of enzymes for fuel ethanol we want to maintain our obligations to our customers. Initially the new facility will supply enzymes for corn-based ethanol production and for start-up companies in cellulosic ethanol. The facility in Blair will be designed so that it can be expanded at a later stage to ensure than Novozymes can cover the need for enzymes for cellulosic ethanol. We are taking the first step to be able to deliver this type of enzyme in 2010."
Governor of the State of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, welcomes Novozymes to Blair: "Nebraska is pleased that Novozymes has chosen Blair for its new world-class biotech plant. Our Nebraska Advantage package has made our state so competitive globally that high-tech companies such as Novozymes can expand their business in Nebraska."
Novozymes also has an enzymes manufacturing facility in Franklinton, North Carolina, which employs 350 people and is the largest multi-purpose enzyme manufacturing plant in the USA.
Headquartered in Bagsværd, a northern suburb of Copenhagen, Novozymes is the world’s largest and most diversified provider of industrial biotechnology, pioneering the replacement of chemicals with enzymes in a broad range of industries such as laundry detergents, animal feed and the biofuel industry. In 2007, the company generated sales of DKK 7.4bn (USD 1.5bn) and a net profit of DKK 1bn (USD 210m). Novozymes employs some 4,500 people, half of whom are based in Denmark.