International Sugar Journal

Puerto Rico government incentivises its sugar industry [Registered]

The government of Puerto Rico is incentivising the local rum producer Serralles Distillery to set up a sugar plant on the site of the old mill in Mercedita which closed down in 1994, said the governor Alejandro García Padilla, according to local press reports.

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Norway – Borregaard invests US$7.6 mln in bioethanol plant upgrade [Registered]

Borregaard is going to invest NOK 63 million (US$7.6 mln) to upgrade its bioethanol plant and a facility to capture and store biogas.

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Renmatix attracts investment from Bill Gates and Total for its cellulosic sugars technology [Registered]

The US based start-up Renmatix has secured US$14 million from Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total to support commercialization of its proprietary Plantrose® supercritical hydrolysis technology for converting lignocellulosic feedstock into cellulosic sugars. The produced sugars can be sourced for conventional fermentation processes to produce biofuels and chemicals.

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Australia – Re-regulation of the sugar industry stifling overseas investment   [Registered]

Australia’s commitment to foreign investment is on trial in northern Queensland where cane growers appear determined to corrode their already shaky relations with Singapore-based Wilmar International, reported the Australian Financial Review.

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Pakistan – Faran Sugar Mills modernises its plant with Siemens technology

One of the top mills in Pakistan is modernising its operations with drive technology from Siemens. Faran Sugar Mills will install 19 new Siemens IE3 electric motors at its Shaikh Bhirkio, […]

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USA – Sugar plant in Tennessee invests US$1.3 mln to modernize its facility [Registered]

A small sugar processing plant in Memphis, Tennessee producing variety of products will be modernized, according to local press reports.

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Zambia Sugar’s upgraded refinery will commence operations in in July [Registered]

Zambia Sugar’s modernised sugar refinery at Nakambala, set to be operational in July ’16, is expected to increase output from 40,000 tonnes to 90, 000 tonnes refined sugar.

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Jamaica – Government to spend US$19.4 mln on cane roads and irrigation [Registered]

The projects, which include rehabilitation of cane roads and installation of irrigation systems, will be carried out under the Sugar Transformation Programme (STP) in the Ministry Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

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Thailand – Mitr Phol to invest US$1.4 bln over the next five years [Registered]

Speaking at a press conference, the President and chief executive Krisda Monthienvichienchai said that while bulk of the investment (28 bln baht (US$799.4 mln)) will be spent on its core sugar business, diversification is also the company’s priority.

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Chinese government to invest US$7.24 bln to make the sugar industry competitive [Registered]

The project mainly involves expanding cane production increasing cane productivity, expanding mechanisation (currently only 1% of cane is mechanized) and diversification.

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