Australia is the tenth largest producer of raw sugar in the world with around 355,325 hectares of sugar cane fields—95 percent of which are in tropical North Queensland. Sugar exportation in Australia generates revenue to the tune of 2 billion dollars each year, making it an attractive industry for enterprising Australian food producers.
At the centre of production is BSC Cairns where Dion Tomasich is the Branch Manager. Dion’s career at BSC has spanned more than 30 years providing stellar service to the surrounding region. He offers customers unmatched expertise and profound knowledge of products and services that BSC provides to the sugar cane industry in Northern Queensland.
“We do a lot of work with the sugar industry up here with the farmers and we have a lot of contracts with the local sugar mills. We get to be part of the whole process of sugar production—all the way to when it’s transported for export,” says Dion.
Dion breaks down what a year looks like for the sugar cane industry.
“At the start of the year in January is when maintenance happens on all of the equipment for harvesting and processing,” he explains. “Sugar cane takes about 12 to 16 months to grow several metres tall, and it flowers between May and June, before being harvested for the remainder of the year during what’s called “crushing” season. Most of the cane is cut green at the base of the stalk and then moved by train to the mills for processing.”
It is at the start of the year during maintenance season that many customers turn to BSC for bearing solutions for their machines. “Most farmers like to be well ahead of the season and begin readying their equipment from January to March to be ready for the crush from June onwards,” he notes, thoughtfully.
“However, sugar cane harvesting can be quite dusty and dirty, and the juice of the cane is present during the crushing process which can stuff up bearings on equipment pretty quickly. Bearings on this type of equipment need a lot of extra protection.”
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