Despite the challenges currently facing the global sugar industry, a sugar manufacturer has improved its mill efficiency by 30 percent following the replacement of its steam turbine with an integrated drive system.
In 2012, the global sugar market faced a second year of surplus – reaching a record 10.3 million–ton surplus following a 9.2 million–ton surplus the previous year. Since then, the global sugar industry has grappled with price declines, and sugar prices are expected to continue to fall until 2025. Nevertheless, industry experts do not expect sugar production to decrease because it takes time for cane farmers to switch to other crops, and the prices of other crops are falling as well. To address this challenge, forward-looking sugar manufacturers are seeking to improve asset use, reduce operating costs, enhance sustainability, and increase turnover.
Tackling The Challenge
Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Public Co. Ltd. (KTIS), owner of three sugar mills, including the largest in the world, invested THB 200 million to THB 300 million (US $6 million to US $9 million) in an integrated drive solution developed by OEM Allied-Tek using Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) from Siemens. “Our engineering team is very confident in the IDS solution from Allied-Tek and Siemens because of the trustworthiness of the brand and the quality of the machines and services,” says Khun Parphan Siriviriyakul, KTIS CEO.