Sugarcane growers in eastern and central Thailand have been burning their fields at night despite authorities’ ban on the practice to curb air pollution.
Sugar production in Thailand is expected to fall 28% to a nine-year low of 10.5 million tonnes in the current crop season as drought curtails cane supplies, according to Rangsit Hiangrat, director-general of Thai Sugar Millers Corp.
China’s crackdown on sugar smuggling inflicts storage headache for the Thai industry [Full subscriber]
A crackdown on sugar smuggling into China is creating a major storage problem for exporters/producers in Asia in particular, reported Reuters.
The Office of the Cane and Sugar Board (OCSB) projects the sugar industry will lose THB10 billion (US$326 million) in the upcoming sugar-crushing season because of the baht’s appreciation and the global oversupply, according to the Bangkok Post.
Total Corbion PLA inaugurated the world’s second-largest polylactic acid (PLA) plant in Rayong, Thailand. This increases global production capacity for the biopolymer by almost 50%.
The Excise Department is to levy a tax increase on sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) from the beginning of 1st October 1, according to local press reports. This the second round of taxes that the Thai government is levying on sugary drinks.
The Austria-based Lenzing Group has announced plans to invest more than €1billion in new biobased fibre production facilities, according to the company’s press release.
Thailand – GGC and KTIS partner in US$1.3 billion sugar factory-biorefinery complex [Full subscriber]
The locally listed Global Green Chemicals Plc (GGC) is partnering with Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Plc (KTIS) in a new build project involving building a new cane sugar factory and a biorefinery complex costed at THB40 billion (US$1.298 billion), according to local press reports.
A Thai court rejected on 4th July land grab case brought by Cambodian villagers against Mitr Phol on a technicality that it cannot be treated as a class action lawsuit, according to the plaintiff’s lawyer and a land rights organisation, reported Al Jazeera.
Papua New Guinea – New build sugar mill project receives an investment of US$1 billion [Full subscriber]
An agreement by Papua New Guinea (PNG), China and Thailand was signed in Port Moresby on 22nd November to build a new sugar mill and a cogen unit supported by cane plantation along with logistics infrastructure worth PGK3.4 billion (US$1 billion) in the Abau district of Central, according to local press reports.