Milling of Sugarcane
Sugar mills crush and wash the juice from cane stalks and separate as much sucrose as possible from the water, impurities, fiber and dirt that comprise the rest of the cane juice.
When the sugarcane first arrives, computerized cane transport scheduling systems enable cane movements to be continually monitored. When the cane arrives at a mill it is weighed and processed at automatic cane-receiving stations.
The billets (short pieces of cane stalk) are tipped onto a cane carrier for transport to a shredder, which chops and shreds the cane into fibrous material and ruptures the juice cells. It is then crushed by large rollers. Firstly, pairs of rollers feed the cane through a series of mills comprising three large rollers arranged in a triangular formation. This separates the juice from the fibrous material, which is called bagasse, which is used as fuel to run the mill’s boiler furnaces.
The juice is pumped away for processing into raw sugar. It is cleaned to remove impurities and thickened into syrup by boiling off excess water. It is then seeded with tiny sugar crystals in a vacuum pan and boiled until sugar crystals have formed and grown. These crystals are separated from the molasses around them in centrifuges that are like giant spin dryers. The crystals are then tumble-dried and stored in large bins until they are to ports.
A mature stalk is typically composed of 11–16% fiber, 12–16%
soluble sugars, 2–3% non-sugars, and 63–73% water.
Sugar Stocks LTD will produce various products from sugar cane and sugar beet. These will include:
- Sugar (of varying types)
- Ethanol (A clean, affordable, and renewable transportation fuel.)
- Bioelectricity (from left over sugar cane biomass)
- Bio plastics (Beverage containers, food packaging and other consumer products made with sugarcane using less or no oil compared to standard plastic.)
- The quality of our products defines our company; therefore all our products will adhere to the trading
- standards and the respective legislations of the respective market places as well as ensuring that we protect the environment.
At Sugar Stocks LTD we pride ourselves on our company values and ethics; we work diligently to ensure that our values and ethics are never compromised. We value Clients We value our work force and as such we will build a work force based on merit, integrity, transparency and inclusiveness We aspire to be a learning organization and we encourage ideas, innovation, excellence, enterprise and teamwork in employee We behave responsibly and ensure that all of our activities are environmentally friendly Business Goal & Objectives: We are proposing the acquisition of 400,000 acres (1620 km¬≤) of suitable land for the agriculture of Sugarcane and Sugar beet: Sugar Stocks LTD intends to divide the land for the purposes of agriculture with 100,000 acres (405 km¬≤) being dedicated to sugar beet and 300,000 acres (1215 km¬≤) being dedicated to sugarcane. Sugar Stocks aim to produce in the region of 54,600 MT of sugar per annum from sugar beet. Sugar Stocks aim to produce in the region of 229,680 MT of sugar per annum from sugarcane.