International Sugar Journal

Myanmar – Sugar Development Co to invest US$20 million for a new sugar mill [Registered]

Myanmar Sugar Development Public Co Ltd has secured state approval to invest US$20 million to build a new 5000 tonnes cane/day sugar mill in Kathar township, Sagaing Region, according to local press reports.

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Philippines – New sugar mill commences operations in Negros Oriental [Registered]

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) approved sugar plant in Barangay Bugay, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental has commenced operations, according to local press reports.

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Indonesia – Tunas Baru Lampung’s new sugar mill to commence operations by end of Q1 2017 [Registered]

One of Indonesia’s leading agribusiness Tunas Baru Lampung recently announced that its new sugar mill in Sumatra will start will start operating fully by the end of the first quarter of 2017, according to local press reports.

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USA – Hawaii’s last sugar mill closes [Registered]

One of US’ oldest sugar industries bowed out of sugar production when Hawaii’s last sugar mill closed on December 12th after processing cane from the final harvest from its 36,000 acres (14,569 ha) plantation.

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Brazil – Glencore to buy a distressed sugar mill [Registered]

The Swiss commodities trader Glencore Plc presented the highest bid in an auction for the sale of a distressed Brazilian sugar mill and is well positioned to take control of the plant, reported Reuters.

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Vietnam – Development bank to finance capacity expansion KCP sugar mill [Registered]

The wholly foreign-owned company from India started operating in the province in 2001 with an initial capacity to process 2,500 tcd for making export-quality refined sugar and white sugar. As scheduled, the expansion and the increase in production capacity of the factory will take place in Cung Son and Son Ha communes of Son Hoa district during the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons.

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Kenya – New Holland Agriculture delivers 50 TS6000 tractors to Butali Sugar Mills [Registered]

BSML has a raw cane crushing capacity of 2,500 TCD (tonnes crushed per day). Mr Sanjay Patel, Managing Director and CEO of BSML, was upbeat about the purchase, saying that the additional tractors would improve ferrying of cane from a radius of 30 kilometres around the factory. He was complimentary about the tractor’s “robust design and the modifications made in the TS Series over the years, especially simple to operate and maintain” mechanics which has “made this tractor” ideally suited for their operations.

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El Salvador – Sugar miller installs iris-based time tracking system for workers [Registered]

One of the major issues for the miller has been that during peak production its many employees can end up working multiple shifts around the clock, day and night. As such, employee administration could be very complex and time-consuming, with increased risk of fraudulent work records being produced as well.

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Thailand – KTIS investing US$84 million to modernise its largest factory [Registered]

In a counter-intuitive move against the depressed sugar market, Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Plc (KTIS) is modernising its Kaset Thai Sugar Factory (KTSF) with an investment of Baht 2.8 billion (US$84 million) for variety of projects, according local press reports.

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Zambia Sugar to expand milling and refinery operations with injection of U$82 million [Registered]

The project includes the construction of a modern, high-specification refinery that was expected to more than double the current yearly refined sugar production capacity to about 100 000 t and increase yearly sugar production capacity from 420 000 t to 450 000 t through a range of smaller factory improvements.

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