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Agroprocessing News

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... 

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%. 

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