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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

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... 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

South Africa’s sugar 
industry stimulus for economic growth

3rd July 2009 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that the country’s sugar industry is one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high quality sugar, and contributes to job creation - particularly in rural areas, sustainable development and to the national economy. 

for sugar mill 
under way

3rd July 2009 Water and wastewater solutions provider VWS Envig is currently refurbishing a 750-m³/d potable water treatment plant for a sugar mill in Stanger, north of Durban. 

Agroprocessing firm aims to increase sugar cane supplies

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 2009 South African agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett aims to increase sugar cane supplies to ensure the use of its available milling capacity that will be in excess of 1 960 000 t by the 2009/10 season. 

Diversity is key to South Africa’s sugar industry

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 2009 The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (Sasri) reports that diversity is a key factor in today’s highly integrated sugar milling operations. 

Lack of investment for bioethanol sugar plants

3rd July 2009 The Global Agricultural Information Networks (GAIN) annual report states that South Africa’s biofuels strategy recognises sugarcane as one of the best feedstocks for renewable energy, however, investment in the development of a bioethanol plant for this process is not picking up pace. 

Variable-speed drives installed at local sugar mill

3rd July 2009 Supplier of specialised electric motors Zest Electric Motors has installed and commissioned two regenerative variable speed drives at sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

SA sugar industry a significant contribution to economy, Deputy Minister

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The South African sugar industry is a national asset Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies said at the Opening of the Season event that marked the start of the season for the South African sugar industry, held in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier this year. 

New technology reduces cane preparation process costs

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) has developed a novel technology relating to the preparation of sugarcane that is designed to reduce the maintenance costs associated with the conventional cane preparation process, reports SMRI head of process engineering Steve Davis.  

Syrian sugar refinery implements South African ERP software

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 South African software development and remote services provider, InfoWave, has successfully implemented its Tranquillity enterprise resource planning (ERP) system at the Syrian National Sugar Company's newly constructed refinery. 

Association drives sugar cane production, processing technology

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (Sasta), which is a body used by the industry to explore technical opportunities in the sugar industry, is sparking rigorous debate and continually engaging industry stakeholders on the technical questions that remain unresolved with respect to... 

New cane cutter enables productivity sugar high 

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 Construction and earthmoving equipment company, CSE Equipment Company's agricultural supply arms, Nothmec and New Holland South Africa, launched a new Cape Thumper last year, has been implemented successfully by sugar producer Illovo Sugar at its Sezela facility on Kwazulu-Natal's (KZN's) South... 

Local company contributes to Cairo sugar facility design

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 South African energy and sugar consultants company Bosch Projects were appointed to do the mechanical design and engineering consultants for a new 200-t/h refined-sugar facility at El Sokhna, 170 km east of Cairo, Egypt, which achieved fully production in March, this year, reports the company. 

International sugar price sweetens local industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The current consolidation of raw sugar prices, preceded by a roller-coaster ride in March 2008, has allowed the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) to take advantage of the spike in pricing some of its export sugar, reports Sasa executive director Trix Trikam. 

New export application to deal with market complexities

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The export equalisation database system used by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) has been upgraded by software development and remote services provider InfoWave to deal with the complexities faced in the sugar market, reports Sasa.  

Sweet welding solutions for sugar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2008 In recognition of the Cane Sugar Industries unique maintenance and repair as well as its weld protective (hard facing) requirements to combat wear caused by abrasion, impact & corrosion and furthermore, to assist in extending the service life of machine parts, Welding Technology International... 

Sugar group transferring land in innovative land-claims settlement 

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar is going to be left with 990 ha of land after disposing of in excess of 8 025 ha next year, in line with a land restitution deal with the Siboswa and Hhoyi communities, of Mpumalanga. 

Sugar firm’s ethanol study results expected in early 2008

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar and Partners has formed a company called Resource Energy, which is busy with ethanol investigations across the globe. 

Cut imbibition to save coal, says engineer

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 South Africa’s sugar industry consumes about 250 000 t of coal each season, which costs the industry about R90-million, sugar engineer Mike Reid tells Engineering News. 

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