Arxada and DSM target niacin growth as part of an extended long-term partnership

By Nicola Gordon-Seymour

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Chemicals specialist, Arxada, will increase production of niacin along with other ingredients, following an extension of a long-term collaboration with nutritional supplier, Royal DSM.

As part of the deal, Arxada has pledged an investment of CHF 20 million (€20.4 million) to expand site production at its facility in Visp, Switzerland, to satisfy capacity requirements for DSM’s vitamin and aroma business in neighbouring canton Visp-Laden, with a specific focus on niacin.

Additional investment will be used to reduce on-site carbon footprint to realise the sustainability goals of both companies – and follows the substantial investment package in 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Arxada.

Antje Gerber, President, Specialty Products Solutions, commented: “This significant new investment in our Visp facility secures the site’s long-term future, helping to fuel our future growth, and demonstrates our clear commitment to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.”

Global demand

DSM offers a broad range of vitamin B products, including niacin. Figures published by Fact.MR analysts in Niacin and Niacinamide Market​ indicate that Europe accounted for approximately a quarter of global market revenue for niacin and niacinamide in 2018.

The report states that growth was driven by governmental focus on raising awareness of high nutritional foods to reduce childhood obesity and unhealthy diets, according to a report produced by analysts at Fact.MR.

The activity of major regional players, including DSM, Lonza Group, and BASF, is also fostering ongoing activity in the market, the analysts write.

They predict the global market will continue to grow by around 5% in value terms between 2019 and 2027, thanks to increasing healthcare expenditure, healthy eating trends, demand in cosmetic products, and multiple health benefits.

Niacin profile

Niacin (or vitamin B3) is the generic term for nicotinic acid and nicotinamide organic compounds, which is synthesised in the liver from the amino acid tryptophan and known for its antihyperlipidemic properties.

The compound is naturally found in meat, beans, fish, eggs, yeast, and green vegetables and is widely used in human nutrition often in the form of supplements in tablet, powder, granular, and liquid formats.

Tolerable upper intake levels for adults (UL) set by the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) are 10mg daily of free nicotinic acid and 900mg for nicotinamides.

Approximately 60 mg of tryptophan yields one milligram of niacin defined as one milligram of niacin equivalent (NE), according to EFSA.

Long-term inadequate intake of tryptophan and niacin can lead to the development of pellagra (characterised by dermatitis, diarrhoea, depression, and dementia), although this is rare in industrialised countries, the authority says.


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