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Agroprocessing News

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy 

By: Schalk Burger     21st March 2014 While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels manufacturers had been selected and had... 

Illovo lifts H1 profit 9.4% despite pressured margins

By: Natalie Greve     14th November 2013 In the face of marginally lower domestic sales volumes, narrowed margins and increased export volumes at lower prices, JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has lifted its operating profit for the six months ended September 30 by 9.4% to R1.6-billion, largely on the back of an equivalent increase in sugar... 

Illovo lifts H1 profit 9.4% despite pressured margins

Higher demand, price recovery to bode well for sub-Saharan African sugar producers

By: Leandi Kolver     6th November 2013 Rising demand and a subsequent recovery in international sugar prices would contribute to a positive long-term outlook for sugar companies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), provided that the producers were able to withstand the current price volatility and market conditions. This was according to... 

Higher demand, price recovery to bode well for sub-Saharan African sugar producers

Tongaat Hulett expects rise in H1 headline earnings, operating profit

By: Leandi Kolver     4th November 2013 JSE-listed agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett on Monday said it expected its headline earnings for the six months ended September 30, to increase by 1.2% to R663-million, compared with the R655-million earned during the prior comparative period. Headline earnings a share for the... 

Tongaat Hulett expects rise in H1 headline earnings, operating profit

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market 

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 A good early harvest of yellow maize in the eastern parts of South Africa did not remove the sting from poor performances in a difficult poultry industry, says JSE-listed agricultural services and processing business Afgri CEO Chris Venter. Drought in the western part of the country meant a poor... 

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market
Afgri CEO Chris Venter discusses the company's performance amid severe poultry industry conditions. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Illovo appoints Hulley operations director

By: Leandi Kolver     13th August 2013 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Tuesday announced that it had appointed subsidiary company Ubombo Sugar’s current MD John Hulley group operations director from September 1. This followed the appointment of current group operations director Gavin Dalgeish as group MD, to succeed Graham Clark who is... 

Illovo appoints Hulley operations director

Consulting group expands Gauteng operations

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd August 2013 Multidisciplinary consulting, engineering and project management specialist Bosch Holdings has expanded its Gauteng operations, with a recent move to new offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg. CEO Mike Gibbon says the consolidation of Bosch Holdings’ operations enables the company to improve its... 

Illovo names operations director new MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2013 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Wednesday announced the departure of its MD Graham Clark, who will leave the group at the end of September to pursue a new career opportunity elsewhere in Africa. Clark, who has served on the Illovo board since 1997 and as MD since 2009, will step down from the board... 

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters.  

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

Eastern Cape showing signs of recovery, says ECDC

By: Joanne Taylor     7th June 2013 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says the province is showing signs of economic recovery characterised by increased consumption levels, which were last recorded before the 2008 economic slump in the world economy. 

Illovo boosts earnings, says imports dent SA prospects

By: Natalie Greve     27th May 2013 Low-cost sugar imports are denting market prospects in South Africa and Tanzania and more effective tariff protection and market management were required, JSE-listed Illovo said on Monday. MD Graham Clark said the group, which sells 60% of its sales volumes into domestic markets in the countries... 

Illovo boosts earnings, says imports dent SA prospects

Waste and residual biomass can be converted into energy products

10th May 2013 A biomass-to-energy plant is being built to convert sugarcane waste to ‘green charcoal’, which will provide additional revenue for small-scale farmers in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon project manager Jean Bouwer. Second-generation biomass-to-energy technologies... 

Engineering group focuses on heat exchange for sugar sector

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is focusing on extending its heat exchange business by encompassing a new partnership with ultrasonic cleaning and heating engineers SA Heat Exchange, which provides manufacture, refurbishment and repair service for BMG to all industries,... 

Sugar producer may open new mill in Moz

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 South African sugar producer TSB intends to undertake a feasibility study for a new sugar production base, in Mozambique, this year. The feasibility study is the result of the right granted by the Mozambican government to TSB and its local partners to develop a 37 500 ha sugar cane growing... 

Cogeneration an option for sugar industry

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 Sugar production in South Africa has recently declined, owing to factors such as climate change and the high cost of production, says information technology (IT) services and specialised solutions provider Adapt IT, which adds that there is potential for growth in the industry that could come... 

Industry explores green charcoal  

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 South African sugar cane growers are developing an innovative and scalable technology to produce green charcoal, which will  increase growers’ revenue and generate value from excess biomass. “We are interested in producing green charcoal because it would create a parallel industry to the existing... 

Cheaper imports affect supply and demand in South African sugar industry

26th April 2013 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that the local sugar industry is suffering, owing to imports from countries such as Brazil, which means that local consumption of South African-produced sugar is likely to be less than what the industry hopes for. Since April 2012, the amount of... 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Water-cooling company enters heat exchanger market, launches new division

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th February 2013 Water-cooling company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has entered into an agreement with Danish plate heat exchanger manufacturer Sondex to supply its products in sub-Saharan Africa, as part of IWC’s objective to expand its product and service offering.  

Support for small farmers yielding sweet rewards 

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2012 A focus on ensuring the sustainability of sugar cane supply for sugar miller TSB’s mill in Malalane, in Mpumalanga, has led to the development of small-scale commercial farmers and provided sustainable development for local communities, says TSB CEO John du Plessis. The miller is in a 50:50... 

Illovo forecasting higher output from SA, first-half profit up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar MD Graham Clark said on Thursday that the 2012/13 sugar season had begun well, with half-year production up 17% and operating profit on a seasonal basis increasing by 38% to R854-million. “This pleasing performance is on the back of an anticipated group cane production... 

Tongaat Hulett looking to boost sugar capacity as cane focus bears fruit

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     12th November 2012 JSE-listed agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett is looking to increase its two-million-ton-a-year sugar production capacity from its existing mills as it moves to build on the momentum created by its increased sugar cane supplies. The company said on Monday that it aimed to boost output... 

Illovo Sugar expects higher half-year earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Friday said earnings for the six-months to September 2012 were expected to be higher than the comparative period the year before. The company said in a trading statement that earnings and headline earnings a share would be between 25% and 30% higher than that reported... 

SA sugar sector says 21% land in black hands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st August 2012 Blacks own 21% of land under commercial sugarcane production in South Africa, inching closer to a 30% target set to undo racial imbalances in land ownership, the chairman of the country's sugar association said on Thursday. Bongani Linda told an industry gathering the percentage of land under... 

Land Bank finances ‘healthier’, loan book doubles

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2012 Development finance institution the Land Bank reported a 54.5% jump in its performing loan book during the year ended March 2012, which was further strengthened by a 17.6% drop in nonperforming loans, CEO Phakamani Hadebe said on Thursday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation,... 

Angola sugar manufacturing project under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting engineering company Bosch Projects is undertaking the largest greenfield sugar project in Angola. Bosch Projects signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation on April 24 to undertake this project, which entails the design of a sugar and... 

Illovo ‘well positioned’ for cane, sugar and cogeneration growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2012 JSE-listed Illovo’s strong cash generation and its healthy balance sheet positioned the group well to continue with its growth plans to increase cane, sugar and downstream/cogeneration production in Africa, chairperson Don Macleod said on Wednesday. Speaking at the company’s yearly general... 

Industry to diversify beyond sugar production

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Sugarcane crop production in the 2011/12 season recovered somewhat from the effects of the drought experienced in the 2010/11 season, the South African Cane Growers’ Association (Canegrowers) reports 

Joint cane supply projects to promote sustainability, redevelopment

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 The sustainability of small-scale growers (SSGs) is important to sugar producer TSB and it plays an important role in the company achieving its goal of improving shareholder value through its core business activities.  

Automation solution increases sugar factories’ productivity

6th July 2012 Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation reports that its Integrated Architecture solution has assisted two sugar factories in Mauritius to increase productivity. 

Steam thermocompressor to save costs for KZN sugar mill

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Steam jet equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum has supplied a KwaZulu-Natal sugar mill with two steam jet thermocompressors to replace the mill’s mechanical vapour recompressor (MVR). 

Water treatment specialist assists in upgrade

6th July 2012 Wastewater treatment specialist Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa was contracted to design, install and commission a reverse osmosis (RO) plant for a KwaZulu-Natal sugar refinery. 

Technology to enhance efficiency

6th July 2012 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Groups’ (BMG’s) belting division has launched two products, the Megaroller idler range and the Super-Screw splice range, to assist in the conveying of sugar 

Sugar producer aims to extract maximum value from sugar cane

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Sugar producer Illovo aims to limit its waste and improve the return on every stick of sugar cane by producing and marketing a number of niche, high-value downstream products in addition to its core products of sugarcane fibre, sugar and molasses. 

Alternative power generation sector to grow operation

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group aims to grow its KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) operation by tapping into the alternative power generation sector created by the province’s key distilling, pulp and paper and sugar industries, besides others. 

Manufacturer offers high-pressure monodrum boilers

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson, a division of electrical products supplier Actom, is now offering the sugar industry, as well as other industrial users that want to burn biomass, high-pressure monodrum boilers. 

Power, ethanol production from sugar cane to benefit Tongaat Hulett  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th May 2012 Agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett expects its future revenue stream to benefit “significantly” from electricity and ethanol developments, CEO Peter Staude said on Monday. The JSE-listed company said it was working with government to establish an appropriate regulatory framework for... 

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