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Agroprocessing News

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... 

Tongaat Hulett sees strong revenue growth on higher production, prices

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th May 2012 Increased sugar production and improved regional and European Union sugar prices have pushed Tongaat Hulett’s revenue for the 2012 financial year to R12.08-billion, with profit from all operating areas probably exceeding to R2-billion. The JSE-listed company on Wednesday published a trading... 

Illovo says prospects for Mali investment ‘constrained’

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday said prospects for its proposed investment in the 190 000 t/y Markala sugar project (MSP), in Mali, remained constrained by incomplete funding of the agricultural component and incomplete undertakings required from the government of Mali. Illovo had been... 

Sugar group seeks to support moves to expand cane supply

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th November 2011 Agriculture and property management group Tongaat Hulett’s significant aim is to facilitate increased cane supply (including hectares under cane, yields and cane quality) to its mills for the 2011/2012 financial year. 

Illovo aims for energy self-sufficiency in 3 to 5 years

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     23rd November 2011 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar aims to move towards achieving self-sufficiency in electricity generation, as it increases its use of renewable energy, the sugar producer said on Wednesday. GM Graham Clark tells Engineering News Online that with ongoing initiatives and capital investments, the group... 

Tongaat sees big potential for jobs in ethanol and power projects

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th November 2011 Electricity generation and ethanol production from sugarcane could save and create thousands of local jobs, mainly in rural areas, agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude said on Monday. The JSE-listed company calculated that the introduction of electricity as a core... 

Tongaat Hulett to report stronger H1 operational performance

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2011 Agricultural and property group Tongaat Hulett reported on Friday that its headline earnings for the interim period to September 30, 2011, were expected to be R501-million, compared with the R507-million earned in the same period last year. Headline earnings a share were expected to be 474c,... 

Group to assess Mpumalanga biomass-to-energy potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2011 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon and sugar producer TSB Sugar have been contracted by the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association to undertake a feasibility study to investigate boosting economic development in rural areas in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi district, using... 

Illovo continues drive to boost production capacity in Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th July 2011 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo said on Tuesday that the group continued with its drive to consolidate its position in South Africa and to significantly increase its cane and sugar production capacity outside the country. In the latest chairperson report, Robert Williams also said that progress... 

R100m boiler contract contributes to higher output at Swazi mill

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Boiler and environmental solutions company John Thompson has completed a R100-million turnkey contract to produce and install an industrial watertube boiler, which will increase the hourly output of sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo mill, in Swaziland, by over 20%. 

Technology to enhance sugar industry performance

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Sugar producer TSB Sugar’s Komati mill, in Mpumalanga, will be the first sugar mill in South Africa to commercially use near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to analyse sugar juices and sugar intermediary products.  

Diffuser chain supplied to Sezela sugar mill

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Industrial consumables supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) has supplied about R10-million worth of Tsubaki NFP250 chain to sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Sezela mill, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The 2.6 km of chain was used to replace the mill’s two existing diffuser chains, in March, as they had... 

Global sugar output increases but prices decline

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Since February, the global sugar market’s value has declined significantly, owing to a sharp increase in sugar availability, reports the International Sugar Organisation (ISO) in its ‘Quarterly Market Outlook’, released in May. The decline in value is attributed to a record harvest in Thailand,... 

Local sugar production falls below 2m tons

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 The impact of last year’s drought in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) resulted in the local sugar industry’s production declining below two-million tons of sugar for the first time in almost 20 years, states South African Sugar Association (Sasa) chairperson Bongani Linda. 

Illovo posts ‘disappointing’ FY results

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th May 2011 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar posted “disappointing” financial year-end results, as weather conditions and currency movements depressed the group’s financial performance, but cane production levels soared to a new record, the JSE-listed company reported on Monday. Cane production for the year... 

Tongaat Hulett expects lower FY headline earnings

By: Mariaan Webb     16th May 2011 JSE-listed agriprocessing company Tongaat Hulett expects to report headline earnings of R806-million for the year ended March 31, when it publishes its results on May 30, the company said on Monday. This compares with headline earnings of R815-million reported in the previous financial year. 

New quality standard important step to establishing a local biofuels industry – SABS

22nd April 2011 The publication of new South African National Standard SANS 833, entitled ‘Biodiesel production – Quality management – Producer requirements’, is an important step towards creating a local biodiesel industry. 

SA’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th March 2011 Despite rising food prices and the ongoing food-versus-fuel debate, biofuels are back on the South African agenda - revived by their inclusion in an emerging economic policy framework and their perceived potential for rural job creation. 

Global food prices continue to rise

25th February 2011 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that prices for all categories of food are expected to be significantly higher in the period between 2010 and 2019, compared with those between 1997 and 2006. 

The impact of higher food prices on South Africa’s inflation remains highly uncertain

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th January 2011 The food price index rose to 215 points in December 2010, statistics released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations show, with food commodity prices indices havaing risen for sugar to 398 points, for oils and fats to 263 points, and cereals to 238 points. In fact,... 

Developer initiates study into $330m Moz bioenergy project 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2010 A newly established Mozambican agroindustrial company has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) from consulting engineering companies to carry out a study into a possible $330-million bioenergy and food project in the Southern African country's Manica province. The developer,... 

Illovo says drought and strong rand impacting on output and earnings

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th November 2010 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo expects its sugar output for the 2011 financial year to be similar to the 1,7-million tons of sugar produced in the year ended March 31, 2010, but warned that its earnings would be lower, owing to foreign exchange impacts. Sugar output at its South African... 

Tongaat Hulett says sugar production hit by drought

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th November 2010 JSE-listed agroprocessor Tongaat Hulett has warned that its overall sugar output for the 2010/11 season would be short by about 100 000 t on the 564 000 t produced in the previous season, owing to the impact of drought on its South African operations. CEO Peter Staude said that the company is... 

Tongaat Hulett expects higher interim earnings

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th November 2010 JSE-listed agroprocessor Tongaat Hulett expects to report higher headline earnings when its releases its half year results next week, the company stated on Monday. The group expects a 12% increase in headline earnings to R507-million for the half year ended September 30, compared with the... 

Project management software installed at Ubombo

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Cost management company Planning & Cost Engineering Services (PaCE) has interfaced its Costrac project cost management application with sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Tranquillity enterprise resource planning (ERP) for its Ubombo factory expansion and cogeneration project, in Swaziland.  

Sugar producer awards front-end package for Swaziland factory

2nd July 2010 Equipment design, project management and engineering specialist Bosch Projects was recently commissioned by JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar to complete a front-end package (FEP) which includes providing the design and capital cost estimates for the expansion of Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo sugar... 

KZN cane growers concerned that drought will damage 2010/11 yields

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Large parts of the sugar-cane growing regions in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are experiencing widespread drought, the effects of which could result in lower cane yields during the 2010/11 season, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers). 

Association supports small-scale growers

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The small-scale cane growers sector is currently operating below potential, with sharply reduced yields and a 20 % decline in the number of growers in this sector, over the past five years, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers).  

Industry research efforts make headway

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) reports that its research and development (R&D) initiatives have resulted in a number of commercial opportunities that will add significant value to sugar-cane processing.  

Land reform delays cause uncertainty in the sugar industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The ongoing land reform programme remains an area of significant focus for the South African sugar industry, reports the South African Sugar Association (Sasa).  

Sugar price volatility fears eased

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Finance was a significant concern at the recent Kingsman Asia Pacific sugar conference in Singapore, reports market analyst and broker in the world sugar and biofuels markets Kingsman. 

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