Our business consists of two segments: Enzyme Business and BioBusiness. Development, production, and distribution of enzymes are a major part of our business, currently accounting for more than 90% of sales. Enzymes are readily biodegradable proteins that are found in all living organisms and catalyze biochemical reactions. Enzyme technologies can typically replace conventional chemicals, improving resource efficiency and generally reducing environmental impact.
Enzyme Business is divided into four areas, providing industrial enzymes with unique functionalities for detergent, technical, food and feed industries.
These enzymes are used in household and industrial laundry and dishwashing detergents. For example in the process of washing clothes, certain enzymes break down water-insoluble stains into water-soluble molecules that can be rinsed away by the wash water. Detergent enzymes have historically been our largest product area.
Technical enzymes are used, among other things, in the transformation of starch into different kinds of sugars. This functionality is used in the starch and fuel industries. Enzymes for bioethanol are a significant focus area. By 2010 we expect that our enzymes will make it possible to produce second-generation bioethanol from certain agricultural residues in large-scale production. However, technical enzymes are also used for many other applications in, for example, the leather, textile, and forest product industries.
Food and Feed enzymes
Enzymes for the food industry enhance quality and/or efficiency in the manufacture of food products such as bread, wine, juice, beer, noodles, pasta, and alcohol.
Adding enzymes to animal feed increases the nutritional value of the feed. This leads to faster growth of the animals and better utilization of the feed, and improves the environment as less phosphorus is released via manure.