Cuba Diversifies Production of Sugarcane Bagasse By-Products

Havana, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Azcuba Sugar Group seeks to increase the production of bagasse boards and diversify the uses of this fiber, to achieve higher added value in those products, an official source said today.

The restoration of the “Cardenas,” “Primero de Enero” and “Jesus Menendez” bagasse board plants, located respectively in the country’s west, central and eastern region, is being carried out with those objectives, Carlos Gonzalez, director of sugarcane by-products at the Business Group Azcuba, told Prensa Latina.

The objective is to recover the facilities, increase the volume and quality of that sector, and develop its diversification with the production of melamine boards and molded products, he stressed.

According to the executive, they are also working in a proposal to produce bagasse-cement boards, use for constructive purposes due to its strengthen and less cost.

Cuba had seven bagasse board plants in the 80s of the previous century and an annual capacity productions of that artificial wood, with more than 200,000 metric tons.

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