Enzymes are very useful catalysts in many different industrial processes because they perform very specifically, at a particular processing step in the manufacture of a product. The enzymes used in industrial processes also originate from nature, and therefore can be used in the same way as nature does.
They help to provide environmental friendly products to consumers, which are manufactured using less energy, water and raw materials – and generating less waste.
Enzymes are used to make and improve nearly 400 everyday consumer and commercial products. They are used in foods and beverages processing, animal nutrition, fabrics, household cleaning and fuel for cars and energy generation.
Enzymes are widely used by the food industry for processing raw materials for the production of numerous and common products such as dairy, bakery products, meat products, fruit products, beer and wine.
They are also used in a series of non-food applications such as in paper recycling to remove ink, laundry and dishwashing detergents (to remove grease, starch and protein stains), textile processing and fabric finishing (i.e. to remove impurities, to provide a stone washed effect), ethanol production to break down the starch and cellulose into fermentable sugars.