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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

Farm uses electricity generated from sugar waste

5th April 2024 A farm in the Czech Republic is showing how valuable food crops can be grown using heat and electricity that are generated using biogas produced from agricultural waste. The farm at Suchohrdly, about 40 km south west of Brno, in Czech Republic, meets its own energy needs by producing biogas from... 

Firm highlights solutions for productivity, safety

5th April 2024 Safety regulations demand that the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on, to prevent injuries caused by materials falling from the belt, says industrial equipment supplier BMG power transmission business unit... 

TSUBAKI TITAN CHAIN 
Advanced design features of the Titan series not only extend service life of the chain, but also reduce maintenance costs and minimise downtime
TSUBAKI TITAN CHAIN Advanced design features of the Titan series not only extend service life of the chain, but also reduce maintenance costs and minimise downtime

Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 Using stainless steel in the sugar industry, where processing conditions can be particularly corrosive, has proven to be an effective solution in mitigating wear-related challenges, says South African stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. Stainless... 

MPUMALANGA FACILITY
The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application
MPUMALANGA FACILITY The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application

Pumps crucial to sugar processing – supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 As the sugar industry continues to evolve in a rapidly changing market landscape, the investment in modern, efficient pump solutions and effective maintenance practices will remain vital, says pumps supplier Schurco Slurry process and technical specialist Donovan Higginson. By doing so, sugar... 

PUMPING INVESTMENT
The investment in modern, efficient pump solutions can optimise sugar operations
PUMPING INVESTMENT The investment in modern, efficient pump solutions can optimise sugar operations

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and waterproofing company Verni Speciality Construction Products has, therefore, developed its Supaflor... 

SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills
SUPAFLOR PU HD Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Fund seeks to bolster regional sugar industry

8th December 2023 The Fund for Sustainable Sugar Industry Development in Africa (FSID), a private fund established by US-based private equity firm Lusitania Investment Capital (Lusitania) and its financial partners, has secured R18.8-billion to invest in strategic partnerships within the sugar industry and to... 

An image of a sugarcane field and mill
SWEET INVESTMENT Lusitania has secured R18.8-billion to invest in strategic partnerships within the sugar industry

Expansion helps enhance efficiencies

8th December 2023 Industrial products supplier BMG relocated its regional service centre and opened two new facilities in September, with BMG KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) regional manager Keith van Wyk noting that the expansion will help the company meet the increased regional demand for engineering consumables and support... 

An image of a sugar refinery included in the BMG expansion programme
MEETING DEMAND Many sugar refineries are reaping the benefits of the BMG expansion programme

Diversification said to be key to industry’s survival

By: Trent Roebeck     8th December 2023 Despite Phase 1 of the “all-important” Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 (Sugarcane Master Plan) having expired on March 31, 2023, government has allowed for two additional years so that South African sugar industry players can restructure and diversify. Sugar industry professional body... 

An aerial photograph of one of the sugar cane mills under the umbrella of the South African Sugar Association
FIELD OF DREAMS Flowing from Phase 1, at least ten product diversification opportunities have been identified and are being investigated in terms of viability

Financial support aids industry

By: Trent Roebeck     8th December 2023 To address the ongoing negative impacts and challenges posed by the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, industry association SA Canegrowers, in partnership with millers from the South African Sugar Association (SASA), is providing R1-billion to support sugar industry players while the... 

A side profile image of sugarcane growing in a field
LAND OF SUGARCANE Sugarcane field under the supervision of the South African Canegrowers Association

Tech enhances mill productivity

8th December 2023 Several sugar mills in KwaZulu-Natal have received productivity-enhancing benefits following installations of manufacturer of engineering consumables and components Bosch Projects’ new dimple tube technology, which it developed, analysed and tested over the course of three years. “By integrating... 

An image of one of the dimple tubes on offer from Bosch
DIMPLE TUBE TECHNOLOGY Bosch dimple tube technology allows for enhanced sugar processing capacity

Company’s four sugar projects completed

7th April 2023 Member of Bosch Holdings Bosch Projects completed four major projects at a sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal last year. These projects comprised of engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the raw house expansion, process equipment supply and front-end... 

Additives and lubricants deemed successful in sugar processing

7th April 2023 Since the launch of Liqui Moly Cera Tec industrial wear protection last year, engineering solutions provider BMG’s team has received positive feedback from customers in the sugar sector that these additives are proving to be highly effective in protecting gears in sugar mills. “Problems occur... 

An image of BMG’s high-performance additives protective gears in industrial transmissions in the sugar sector
ADDICTIVE ADDITIVIES To ensure the local market has access to the latest sugar technology, trends, components and equipment, BMG continually launches new products, that are enhanced by critical technical support

Tongaat Hulett implementing changes

7th April 2023 Agriculture and agri-processing companies Tongaat Hulett, Tongaat Hulett Developments, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa and Voermol Feeds, announced in January this year that the required majority of creditors had voted in favour of an extension of the date for publication of the business rescue... 

Support services provided for sugar industry

7th April 2023 Leading engineering solution specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. The BMG team works closely with sugar... 

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SWEET SWEET SUGAR The BMG team works closely with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing engineering components and support services, to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend service life of equipment

OLI South Africa

7th April 2023 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology supplier OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  OLI has been committed to delivering high-quality... 

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Collaboration drives positive change for small-scale growers

7th April 2023 Small-scale sugar growers are a vital contributor to the sugar value chain in South Africa and are the economic heartbeat of many communities across the country. This is recognised by the South African Sugar Value Chain Master Plan which cites small-scale sugar grower retention and support as a... 

An image of RCL FOODS’ job fund site visit, cane re-established with Jobs Fund Support
MORE THE MERRIER RCL FOODS has been partnering with small-scale growers for many years to drive transformation in the sugar industry and support the communities that depend on it for their livelihoods

Range of lubricants for sugar sector

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     7th April 2023 Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers a range of food-safe lubricants for sugar and packaging processes to aid the safety of production and seal off journals and/or bearings against ingress of bagasse and sugar juices. “Lubricants are used in many areas of the sugar plants –... 

An image of FUCHS Renolin SJL Heavy lubricant
RENOLIN SJL HEAVY The product is pumped into each bearing under pressure into a feed groove, which then creates a lubricant film between the journal and brass white metal-plated bearing

New conveyor system to mitigate dust

7th April 2023 The risk of explosions caused by sugar dust emissions on conveyor belts in sugar production is an ongoing problem that engineers around the world are trying to prevent. Bulk materials handling specialist BLT WORLD works in conjunction with the German conveyor solutions provider ScrapeTec team, to... 

An image of ScrapeTec’s AirScrape
BEST SOLUTIONS BLT WORLD specialists work in conjunction with the global ScrapeTec team to offer dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in many industries where dust is an issue, including the sugar sector

Diversification opportunities set to crystallise industry

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     7th April 2023 Following the announcement that there will be no tax increase for the sugar industry in the 2023/24 and 2024/25 financial years, announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana during his 2023 Budget speech, industry body the South African Sugar Association (SASA) has been able to investigate and... 

An image of a cane field
CANE UPON CANE The sugar industry can be one of the top contributors to advancing the goals outlined in the National Bioeconomy Strategy

Risk-based maintenance ideal for sugar industry – company

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     7th April 2023 Industrial valves and pump specialists Brimis Engineering is sourcing an engineering solution for various pumps at a sugar mill in eSwatini. The project involves specialised coating, maintenance and engineered parts to ensure maximum performance of the pumps. 

An image of Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu
MOEKETSI MPOTU A risk-based maintenance plan will improve productivity and ensure that production requirements are met at critical times

HPL threatens industry recovery

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th December 2022 The Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as the sugar tax, still poses the greatest threat to the continued existence of the sugar industry, says South African Sugar Association (SASA) executive director Trix Trikam. The HPL has resulted in the beverages sector reformulating its products... 

An image of a sugar plant
FALSE DAWN HPL threatens the progress that the industry Master Plan achieved

Plan aims to save industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th December 2022 The Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to prevent the sugar industry from collapsing, following its decline in recent years. The industry depends on government to create viable measures to assist with industry growth, but a potential lack of trust between government and the industry... 

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FRANCOIS BAIRD Trust needs to be re-established between industry stakeholders and government

Sugar cane loader maximises capabilities

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th December 2022 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment’s UltECO 6 sugar cane slew loader was designed to be the lowest-cost, controlled-traffic loading tool globally and incorporates a slewing cab and boom. The 4x4 unit can travel up to 26 km/h, enabling it to cover long distances easily. 

An image of Bell Equipment's UltECO 6
GOING THE DISTANCE The UltECO 6 is able to cover long distances and incorporates a slewing cab and boom

Lubricants ensure food safety

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers food-grade Renolin SJL Heavy and Renolin SJL Winter lubricants for the sugar processing industry, with a range of benefits to ensure equipment longevity and food safety. KwaZulu-Natal technical sales representative Allan Fabian explains that... 

An image of FUCHS Lubricants' Renolin SJL Heavy lubricant
RENOLIN SJL HEAVY FUCHS' Renolin range offers a food-grade, bitumen-free lubricant to the food processing industry

Levy threatens sugar industry recovery

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Industry is concerned that the increase in the Health Promotion Levy will negatively impact the progress already made in the implementation of the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 as well as the ongoing recovery of the local sugar industry, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa)... 

OLI South Africa

1st April 2022 OLI is the world’s top-selling supplier of industrial vibration technology products. The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary in Gauteng, South Africa. 

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Sugar producer prioritises long-term growth

1st April 2022 The challenges facing the South African sugar industry have received significant coverage over the past few years, with over one-million South Africans reliant on the sugar industry and its value chain. Sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett is committed to helping secure the local sugar industry’s... 

High-performance additives protect gears

1st April 2022 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s team works closely with key players in the sugar sector to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend the service life of critical systems in the field and during harvesting, transport, milling and refining. “To ensure the local market has... 

An image of Liqui Moly's Cera Tec which is available through BMG
CERA TEC HIGH PERFORMANCE ADDITIVES Cera Tec reduces friction and protects gears

African sugar industry needs investment boost

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 While the sugar industry has the potential for major growth, the continued lack of investment limits the socioeconomic impact the industry can make, says independent engineering consultancy Sugartech principal consultant Wayne Jayes. “Access to capital funding for sugar projects to establish new... 

An image of a steam boiler plant in a sugar factory in East Africa
FULL STEAM AHEAD The sugar industry requires capital funding to unlock its full potential

Service centre assists in optimisation solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the sugar sector by providing engineering solutions designed to optimise productivity for sugar growers and millers. “Our dedicated service centre, which focuses on... 

An image of BMGKZN field service team assisting with sgar diffuser
OPERATION EFFICIENCY BMG's services assist in enuring sugar processing plants are prepared for high productivity season

Sugar master plan to help ailing industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 With the South African sugar industry having experienced various challenges in the past few years, the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to address some challenges and assist with the industry’s growth. Over the past 20 years, local yearly sugar production has declined by nearly 25%,... 

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TRIX TRIKAM Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 to set to address industry challenges

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

An image of IWC's sugar cooler
COOLING DOWN IWC has partnered with Solex to distribute heat transfer technology

July riots temporarily halt sugar production

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 KwaZulu-Natal is a primary location for South Africa’s sugar production and the riots in July resulted in sugar production coming to a halt. Although sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa was one of many businesses affected by the riots, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD Dave... 

An image of a Storage unit at Tongaat Hulett
TEAM WORK Tongaat Hulett employees came together to protect Tongaat Hulett operations during the riots

Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in the category of projects valued between R50-million and R250-million. “This annual awards programme,... 

An image of Strike Recievers installed in the project
EXPANDING CAPACITY The expansion project was necessary for UCL to meet its season requirements

Industry can grow with diverse solutions – institute

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 The best growth scenario for the local sugar industry is to diversify its products to create multiple revenue streams, says research organisation the Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) strategic research group leader Dr Kitty Foxon. Biochemicals and bio-materials from sugar cane-derived... 

Company plays maintenance role

26th March 2021 Engineering solutions specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. BMG works closely with sugar farmers and engineers... 

INDUSTRY BACKING
BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life
INDUSTRY BACKING BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life

Master plan to help industry diversify

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 The implementation of South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan can help the sugar industry diversify its revenue streams and build support for local sugar production, according to local sugar producer Tongaat Hulett’s Sugar MD Simon Harvey. The sugar master plan seeks to create diversified... 

MAKING ENDS SWEET 
This creation of new revenue streams will help sustain the local sugar industry and can potentially increase employment
MAKING ENDS SWEET This creation of new revenue streams will help sustain the local sugar industry and can potentially increase employment

Master plan boosting limping industry

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 With the sugar industry starting to show signs of recovery after years of decline, South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam says the implementation of the South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 will further help the industry stabilise. The master plan... 

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