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UNICA , the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, is a lobbying organization of producers of sugarcane and ethanol fuel. UNICA members are responsible for more than 50% of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60% of overall sugar production.UNICA's headquarters are located in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and also has offices in Washington D.C. and Brussels. Wikipedia.

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Sugar production in Brazil's key Center-South (CS) region in the first half (1H) of June is expected to be nearly 2.45 million metric tons (mt), up 104% on the year and up 40% from the second half of May, an S&P Global Platts survey of analysts showed Monday. The forecast jump comes on the back of drier weather in 1H that was more favorable to harvesting than in the comparison periods.  According to the analysts' estimates, an average of nearly 1.4 days of sugar cane crushing were lost to rains in 1H June, compared with roughly 6.5 days a year ago and 5.4 days in 2H May. To produce sugar, mills used 48.7% of the 41.18 million mt of the cane crushed in 1H June, the survey showed.  Such compared with 40.73% of the 25.99 million mt of cane crushed during the same period last year. The balance of the cane, or 51.3%, was expected to have been used to produce 1.57 billion liters of ethanol, up 46% from a year ago. Hydrous is expected to have accounted for 56% and anhydrous for the balance. The full range of analyst expectations of the cane crush spanned from 39 million mt to 44.8 million mt. The consensus for cane's total recoverable sugar, or ATR, was 127.13 kg/mt in 1H June, with a wider range of 123.2-132.3 kg/mt. Even with a higher 1H June crush, total cane crushed to date this season has lagged the same period a year ago. Taking into account the average poll results for crushing, the accumulated volume since the season began (April 1) through June 16 is expected to be 9% lower than last year at 153 million mt.  ATR for the period was expected at 127.8 kg/mt, compared with 121.84 kg/mt a year earlier. However, cumulative sugar production was expected to be 1% lower on a year-over-year basis, at 8.15 million mt, amid a higher proportion of cane allocated to sugar so far this season. Platts Kingsman, the agricultural analysis unit of S&P Global Platts, forecast the 1H June cane crush at 40.2 million mt. "Sugar production [will] set a new fortnightly record for this season due to a high sugar mix level and good crushing volumes," said Platts Kingsman analyst Claudiu Covrig. Sugar production is expected to be 2.68 million mt, while ATR is expected to have reached 128 kg/mt of cane, according to Covrig. In Parana state, one of the sugarcane producing regions in CS Brazil, the amount of cane crushed in 1H June declined 29% on the year to 1.2 million mt, according to local industry association Alcopar.  Rains caused halts in harvesting and hampered the crush.  The ATR in the state was 138.77 kg/mt of cane, up 13.57 kg/mt from 2H May and up 19.15 kg/mt from 1H June 2016. ETHANOL SALES SEEN HIGHER THAN 2H MAY The Platts Kingsman forecast for total sales of fuel and industrial ethanol in the CS Brazil domestic market -- anhydrous plus hydrous -- in 1H June at approximately 1.15 billion liters, compared with 1.055 billion liters in 2H May and 1.05 billion liters in 1H June 2016. The expected rise in sales reflects higher hydrous demand at the pump, as prices in the main consumer state Sao Paulo have been competitive. During the June 1-22 period, hydrous prices in the state averaged 68.2% of gasoline prices, compared with 69.5% in May, data from the National Petroleum Agency showed. In Mato Grosso, prices averaged 63%. Prices in two other large states, Goias and Minas Gerais, had a combined average of 71.5%. Hydrous fuel, which is used in flex-fuel vehicles, competes with gasoline at the pump and is competitive when its price is at most 70% of gasoline prices due to its energy content. Gasoline has 30% more energy content than hydrous. Anhydrous ethanol is blended with gasoline under a 27% national mandate. Both products are also used in industry. Industry association UNICA said Monday it would release its official production figures just after its ethanol summit, currently underway in Sao Paulo. The summit runs through Tuesday. Sources: S&P Global Platts Pre-Report Survey of Analysts Results--Unica Sugarcane Crush, Platts Kingsman, UNICA. Year-on-year change compares Platts Survey against UNICA's figures for 2016-17. Visit the S&P Global Platts website for more information on sugar and biofuels. About S&P Global Platts At S&P Global Platts, we provide the insights; you make better informed trading and business decisions with confidence. We're the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to our expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets. S&P Global Platts coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping. S&P Global Platts is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.platts.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/unica-sugarcane-crush--2017-18-season-1h-june-sp-global-platts-pre-report-survey-of-analysts-300479988.html


The amount of sugarcane crushed in Brazil's key Center-South region in the second half of May is expected to total 29.58 million mt, down 9% year on year, an S&P Global Platts survey of analysts showed Friday. Industry association UNICA is expected to release the official production figures in the coming days. The 2017-2018 sugarcane season started April 1 in the Center-South, the largest sugarcane and sugar producing region in the world. According to the analysts' estimates, an average of nearly 5.4 days of crushing were lost to rains in 2H May, compared with roughly 5 days a year ago. Wider analyst expectations for the cane crush ranged from 26.9 million mt to 31.9 million mt. Considering the average poll results for crushing, the accumulated volume in the first two months of the season is expected to be 22% lower than last year at 109.9 million mt, the survey showed. The consensus for cane's total recoverable sugar, or ATR, was 123.92 kg/mt, with a wider range of 119-134 kg/mt. Platts Kingsman, an agricultural analytics unit of S&P Global Platts, forecast cane crush of 29.2 million mt. "Wet weather has hampered crushing activities but ATR still to recover," said Platts Kingsman analyst Claudiu Covrig.Sugar production is expected to reach 1.66 million mt, while ATR is expected to have reached 128.5 kg/mt of cane, according to Covrig. Industry analysts surveyed by Platts estimated the percentage of sugarcane put toward sugar production in 2H May at 46.17%, compared with 41.77% last season. Despite the rise in the amount of cane allocated to sugar, the fall in total cane crushed combined with lower ATR is expected to have reduced the sugar output by 6% year on year to nearly 1.59 million mt. The balance of the cane, or 53.83%, was expected to be directed to produce nearly 1.14 billion liters of ethanol, down 21% year on year. Of this, roughly 58% of the volume, or 660 million liters is expected to be hydrous ethanol and the balance, nearly 483 million liters, anhydrous. In Parana state, one of the sugarcane producing regions of CS Brazil, the amount of cane crushed in 2H May rose 39% year on year to 1.73 million mt, according to local industry association Alcopar. The ATR in the state was 125.2 kg/mt of cane, down 4.9 kg/mt of cane from the previous two weeks and 12.6 kg/mt below the same period in 2016. Despite the rise in the amount of cane crushed in 2H May, Alcopar recently revised down the expectation of the total cane crushed this season to 36.8 million mt, from 40.3 million mt expected previously. That represents a drop of 9% from the previous season. Alcopar attributed the drop to a sharp fall in the yields, caused by a reduction in field renovation and adverse weather that hampered the cane. Productivity is expected to fall to 64.5 mt per hectare from 68.6 mt/ha last season. In addition, there was a reduction in the cane acreage this season by 3% to 569,655 hectares due to higher fields renovation. As a consequence, ethanol production in Parana is expected to fall 13% year on year to 1.18 billion liters, while sugar output is expected to fall 7% to 2.85 million mt. Alcopar's revision will certainly compromise UNICA's expectations released in April for the whole Center-South.UNICA expected 585 million mt of cane to be crushed this season, down 3.65% from the 2016-2017 season. As for fuel and industrial ethanol, total demand in the domestic market -- anhydrous plus hydrous -- of CS Brazil in May is expected to be roughly 1.95 billion liters, up 20% from April, Platts Kingsman analysts forecast. However, demand for June is still uncertain -- if it will keep stable from May due to limited offers currently and expectations of higher prices."Ethanol ex-mill prices inched higher in the past days with disruptions in the crushing pace limiting the amount of offers available in the market, as millers are focused on prioritizing commitments for sugar deliveries," said Platts Kingsman analyst Beatriz Pupo. Further disruptions are expected in the first half of June due to wet and cold weather in some of the producing regions. "There is a high probability that we will get frost in Parana, Mato Grosso do Sul and parts of Sao Paulo this weekend already," said a producer. S&P Global Platts assessed hydrous ethanol ex-mill Ribeirao Preto at Real 1,680/cu m Thursday, up 1% from a week before. Hydrous fuel ethanol is used in flex-fuel vehicles, while anhydrous is mixed with gasoline under a 27% national mandate. Sources: S&P Global Platts Pre-Report Survey of Analysts Results--Unica Sugarcane Crush, Platts Kingsman, UNICA. Kingsman is short for Platts Kingsman. Visit the S&P Global Platts and Platts Kingsman websites for more information on sugar and biofuels. Contact Platts Communications to arrange interviews with Platts Kingsman sugar and ethanol analysts: Alessandra Rosete, Beatriz Pupo, Claudiu Covrig and Maria Nunez. If you would like to receive this on a regular basis, please select Agriculture at this alerts sign-up link. About S&P Global Platts At S&P Global Platts, we provide the insights; you make better informed trading and business decisions with confidence. We're the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to our expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets. S&P Global Platts coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping. S&P Global Platts is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for companies, governments and individuals to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.platts.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/unica-sugarcane-crush--2017-18-season-2h-may-sp-global-platts-pre-report-survey-of-analysts-results-300471658.html


The amount of sugarcane crushed in Center-South (CS) Brazil in the first half (1H) of May is expected to be 36.15 million mt, down 9% from the same period last year, but up 50% from the second half of April, an S&P Global Platts survey of analysts showed Wednesday. About 1.2 days of crushing was lost to rain, the survey showed, while in the second half (2H) April roughly three days were lost. Industry association UNICA is expected to release the official production figures for the key Center-South region in the coming days, possibly as early as Thursday. The 2017-18 sugarcane season began April 1 in the region, the largest sugarcane and sugar producer in the world. If the expectations for the cane crush in 1H May are confirmed, the cumulative cane crushed so far this season would total 77.86 million mt, down 28% on the year. Last season mills started crushing early as there was a lot of "cana bisada" (left over cane from the previous season) available. The drier-than-average weather also favored the pace of crushing last year. The range of analysts' expectations for cane crushed in 1H May was 34.3 million-37.3 million mt, while the expectations for the total recoverable sugar (ATR) ranged from 115 to 122.7 kg/mt of cane. The survey's average for the ATR was 119.06 kg/mt, down 4.3% from a year earlier, but up 4.7% from 2H April. The percentage of cane crushed directed to produce sugar is expected to come in at 45.87%, up from 42.91% a year earlier. The balance, or 54.13%, was used for ethanol production. Sugar production is expected to be approximately 1.88 million mt, down 9% on the year, while ethanol output is expected to have fallen 16% on the year to 1.37 billion liters. Of the total, hydrous ethanol is likely to have accounted for nearly 58%, or 796 million liters, and anhydrous for the balance. In Parana state, one of the sugarcane producing regions of CS Brazil, the amount of cane crushed in 1H May fell 6% year on year to 1.95 million mt, according to local industry association Alcopar. The ATR in the state was 130.1 kg/mt of cane, up 12.84 kg/mt from 2H April and up from 128.51 kg/mt in 1H May 2016. Total fuel and industrial ethanol sales (anhydrous plus hydrous) in CS Brazil in 1H May to the domestic market are expected to be roughly 900 million liters, down 9% on the year, according to a forecast by Platts Kingsman, an agricultural analysis unit of S&P Global Platts. Hydrous fuel ethanol is used in flex-fuel vehicles, while anhydrous is mixed with gasoline under a 27% mandate. Visit the S&P Global Platts and Platts Kingsman websites for more information on sugar and biofuels. Contact Platts Communications to arrange interviews with Platts Kingsman sugar and ethanol analysts:  Alessandra Rosete, Beatriz Pupo, Claudiu Covrig and Maria Nunez. If you would like to receive this on a regular basis, please select Agriculture at this alerts sign-up link. About S&P Global Platts At S&P Global Platts, we provide the insights; you make better informed trading and business decisions with confidence. We're the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to our expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets. S&P Global Platts coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping. S&P Global Platts is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.platts.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/unica-sugarcane-crush--2017-18-season-1h-may-sp-global-platts-pre-report-survey-of-analysts-results-300463643.html


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-5.1-2014 | Award Amount: 5.99M | Year: 2015

The overall aim of ELIPTIC is to develop new use concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy. ELIPTIC will advocate electric public transport sector at the political level and help develop political support for the electrification of public transport across Europe. ELIPTIC looks at three thematic pillars: Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure through (re)charging ebuses en route, upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolleyhybrids and automatic wiring/de-wiring technology upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations) Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure: safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/ taxis, utility trucks) With a strong focus on end users, ELIPTIC will analyse 23 use cases within the three thematic pillars. The project will support uptake and exploitation of results by developing guidelines and tools for implementation schemes for upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems. Option generator and decision-making support tools, strategies and policy recommendations will be created to foster Europe-wide take up and rollout of various development schemes. Partners and other cities will benefit from ELIPTICs stakeholder and user forum approach. ELIPTIC addresses the challenge of transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urban areas by focusing on increasing the capacity of electric public transport, reducing the need for individual travel in urban areas and by expanding electric intermodal options (e.g. linking e-cars charging to tram infrastructure) for long-distance commuters. The project will strengthen the role of electric public transport, leading to both a significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption and to an improvement in air quality through reduced local emissions.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Provides Growth Capital for Cloud Software Leader to Drive Digital Transformation across Industries NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 16, 2016) - Infor, a leading provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement in which Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., has agreed to make an investment of more than $2 billion in the company. The investment will provide Infor access to additional growth capital to accelerate innovation, expand distribution, and continue disrupting the enterprise applications industry. KED's investment is strong validation of Infor's strategy and growth -- a journey fueled by product investment, innovation, and an entrepreneurial culture. Koch Industries is an American multinational corporation that employs 100,000 people globally and is estimated by Forbes to be the second largest privately-held company in the United States with annual revenue of approximately $100 billion. The investment by KED significantly strengthens Infor's capital base and provides an entrée into a large ecosystem of businesses contemplating digital transformation. Infor became the first company to move mission critical industry applications to the cloud, and now counts more than 66 million users of its cloud applications. The company's double digit revenue growth in its most recent quarter was fueled by a 130% annual increase in SaaS revenue; more than half of Infor's software revenues are now derived from cloud applications. Infor's unique cloud strategy uses Amazon Web Services, enabling the company to invest in deep industry functionality with capital that would otherwise be needed to maintain its own data center infrastructure. Infor's broad set of applications running on a hyper-scale cloud with cutting-edge data science and design provide a foundation for modernizing companies in healthcare, fashion, retail, distribution, public sector, and discrete and process manufacturing. The Infor management team is headed by Chief Executive Officer Charles Phillips, who is leading the company into a new phase of growth, investment, and innovation. "Koch is one of the largest private companies in the world with diversified holdings and immense resources to support the next exciting phase of growth at Infor and we are thrilled to have their support," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. "Some of the largest companies in the world have approached Infor looking for a modern alternative to the legacy options available for mission critical business applications. Infor has the scale and capital to provide a digital platform for the Global 5000." Under Phillips' leadership, Infor invested approximately $2 billion in product design and development over the last five years and delivered more than 400 new products, 1,700 integrations, and 16,000 industry features in its CloudSuite product line. Infor now has 15,000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries. Key milestones include: Leadership Quotes "Over the last 15 years, Infor has grown from a small company to one of the most significant enterprise software companies in the world and it's been an amazing thing to be a part of," said Infor Board member Jim Schaper. "The support we are providing to Infor marks one of the largest investments KED has ever made and demonstrates the confidence we have in Infor's technology, team and business model," said Matt Flamini, KED's President. "Infor's demonstrated capability to help companies across a wide spectrum of industries automate and improve efficiency is relevant to our broad portfolio of invested companies and we look forward to exploring co-innovation opportunities," said Brett Watson, Senior Managing Director of KED. "We are extremely pleased with the progress the Infor team has made in scaling and executing into the massive opportunity in enterprise technology applications," said David Dominik, Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital, which made its first investment in Infor in 2002. "KED's investment is a tremendous endorsement and we look forward to working together with them and supporting management as they continue delivering industry-leading software applications to a growing list of world class customers." "We remain a meaningful investor in Infor and will continue to support the company in the years ahead," said Rishi Chandna, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital. Transaction Overview This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in early 2017. The KED investment will be a combination of preferred and common equity. Infor's existing shareholders, including Golden Gate Capital, Summit Partners, and Management will maintain control of the company. KED will have the right to appoint four of nine directors on the board of Infor's parent company. Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are serving as Infor's lead financial advisors, and Gibson Dunn is serving as outside legal counsel. Credit Suisse also provided financial advice to the company. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as outside legal advisor to Golden Gate and Summit Partners. Rothschild, Inc. is serving as exclusive financial advisor to KED, and Jones Day is serving as outside legal counsel. About Infor Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 15,000 employees and more than 90,000 customers in over 200 countries and territories, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com. About Koch Equity Development LLC With offices in Wichita and London, KED focuses its efforts on strategic acquisitions for the Koch companies and industry agnostic principal investments. Significant principal investments completed over the last year include Solera Holdings Inc., The ADT Corporation, Transaction Network Services, and Truck-Lite. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $80 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,000 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. To learn more about Koch Equity Development LLC or Koch Industries, please visit http://www.kochequity.com/ or http://www.kochind.com/. About Golden Gate Capital Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Golden Gate Capital is one of the most active software investors in the world. Other notable software investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include BMC Software, Ex Libris, Micro Focus and LiveVox. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com. About Summit Partners Founded in 1984, Summit Partners is a growth equity firm that is currently investing more than $7.2 billion into equity and fixed income opportunities. Summit has invested in more than 440 companies in technology, healthcare and other growth sectors. These companies have completed more than 140 public offerings, and more than 165 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Notable technology companies financed by Summit Partners include Avast, Calypso Technology, Flow Traders, HelpSystems, Hyperion Solutions, McAfee, NetWitness, RightNow, SafeBoot, Unica, Uber and WebEx. Summit maintains offices in North America and Europe and invests in companies around the world. For more information, visit www.summitpartners.com or follow on Twitter at @SummitPartners.


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SAO PAULO, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Platts Survey of Analysts (2H October) Cane crush: 31.45 million metric tons (mt) Total recoverable sugar (ATR): 139.36 kilograms per metric ton (kg/mt) Sugar production: 2.006 million metric tons (mt) Total ethanol...


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Provides Access to Growth Capital for Cloud Software Leader to Drive Digital Transformation across Industries NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - Infor, a leading provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced the completion of a previously announced investment of more than $2 billion in the company by an affiliate of Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. The investment is strong validation of Infor's strategy and growth - a journey fueled by product investment, innovation, and an entrepreneurial culture - and provides Infor access to additional capital to accelerate innovation, expand distribution, and continue disrupting the enterprise applications industry. Infor's existing shareholders include Golden Gate Capital, Summit Partners, and Management. Learn more about Koch's investment in Infor: Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 15,000 employees and more than 90,000 customers in over 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com. With offices in Wichita and London, KED focuses its efforts on strategic acquisitions for the Koch companies and industry agnostic principal investments. Significant principal investments completed over the last year include Solera Holdings Inc., The ADT Corporation, Transaction Network Services, and Truck-Lite. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $80 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 120,000 people worldwide, with about 70,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,200 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. To learn more about Koch Equity Development LLC or Koch Industries, please visit http://www.kochequity.com/ or http://www.kochind.com/. Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Golden Gate Capital is one of the most active software investors in the world. Other notable software investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include BMC Software, Ex Libris, Micro Focus and LiveVox. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com. Founded in 1984, Summit Partners is a global alternative investment firm that is currently investing more than $7.2 billion into growth equity, fixed income and public equity opportunities. Summit has invested in more than 440 companies in technology, healthcare and other growth sectors. These companies have completed more than 140 public offerings, and more than 165 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Notable technology companies financed by Summit Partners include Avast, Calypso Technology, Flow Traders, HelpSystems, Hyperion Solutions, McAfee, NetWitness, RightNow, SafeBoot, Unica, Uber and WebEx. Summit maintains offices in North America and Europe and invests in companies around the world. For more information, visit www.summitpartners.com or follow on Twitter at @SummitPartners.


VICENZA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ILSA, produttore italiano di concimi organici azotati e prodotti speciali per la biostimolazione dei vegetali, ha festeggiato il primo quintale di concentrato di triacontanolo naturale estratto dalle fabaceae e prodotto attraverso il nuovo impianto di estrazione con CO2 supercritica. Unica azienda al mondo ad utilizzare questa tecnologia in ambito agricolo, ILSA usa il triacontanolo naturale come base per la produzione dei suoi biostimolanti per le colture. Sull’effica


News Article | November 4, 2015
Site: www.fastcompany.com

First created by famed British typeface designer Eric Gill in 1928, Gill Sans has been used over the years by everyone from the BBC to Ferris Bueller. Its most iconic use, though, is probably on the jackets of Penguin paperbacks starting in 1935. Penguin's vintage covers are a good illustration of both Gill Sans's strengths (it's an excellent font for headlines, titles, and logos), as well as its drawbacks (it's much poorer at body text). Joanna, Eric Gill's lovely serif typeface, has similar qualities, which is why Penguin used it on the covers of their Modern Classics series, starting in the 1960s. Add in the fact that both typefaces are looking a little frayed in the digital age, and it's no wonder that Monotype is remastering Gill Sans and Joanna for the 21st century as Gill Sans Nova and Joanna Nova. But they're not stopping there. In addition to expanding and cleaning up Gill Sans and Joanna, Monotype is releasing a new typeface, called Joanna Sans Nova, which combines the DNA of both fonts to create a humanist sans serif. The result is the first Gill-family font designed for pixels, and not hot type. "The reason we're doing this is because Monotype needs to have both a foot in the past and a foot in the future," says Steve Matteson, creative type director at Monotype. "We have this amazing legacy, represented by Eric Gill and other famous designers, who brought a rich tradition of type to our company. But we also need to focus on contemporary type designs for contemporary needs. With the Eric Gill Series, it was a unique opportunity to put both of those feet on the same page." Monotype is no stranger to remastering typefaces from its archives: It has previously remastered Verdana and Georgia, Unica, and many others. There are many reasons why you might remaster a typeface—perhaps expanding it with new characters and weights. And that's certainly true of Gill Sans Nova and Joanna Nova, which gain both features. But the real reason Monotype is remastering these fonts has to do with the time in which they were originally created. "Both Gill Sans and Joanna were originally designed for Monotype machine typesetting," Matteson explains. In other words, each character in these typefaces needed to be physically carved out of a piece of metal, so Gill Sans and Joanna were originally optimized for a finite number of point sizes. In the digital age, though, a font can be anywhere from 6 points on an Apple Watch to 1,000 points on a billboard. To keep up, Gill Sans and Joanna needed to be unbounded, tweaking their designs so they looked clean, crisp, and readable at a nearly infinite number of sizes, weights, and mediums. The remastering of the Eric Gill Family has also allowed Monotype to expand these typefaces in fun, unexpected, and sometimes obscure ways. Matteson tells me that Monotype, over the years, has occasionally created custom versions of Gill Sans for various customers. One such variation called Gill Sans Deco, which contained drop shadows, was withdrawn from production because it was simply too expensive to maintain. But now it's a part of Gill Sans Nova. Likewise, when Gill Sans was first released, its main competition was Futura, prompting some Monotype customers to ask if Gill Sans could be retrofitted with the pointy tips of the font (now a Wes Anderson favorite). They weren't ever part of the regular production of Gill Sans, but for Gill Sans Nova, Monotype has introduced these Futura hybrids as alternate characters. (Joana Sans Nova also has some adorable alternate characters, such as a curvy, loopy K.) But let's not forget the other half of the equation: Joanna Sans Nova. Designed not just to be a digital-first typeface, perfect for reading on screens, it also fills a hole in the Eric Gill Family of fonts as a go-to for body text. "The three typefaces work perfectly together in a publishing situation," he says. "For a magazine, you might put your subheadings in Joanna Nova, the bulk of your text in Joanna Sans Nova, and your headlines in Gill Sans Nova." After spending two years as part of a team of three other designers (George Ryan, Ben Jones, and Terrance Weinzierl) putting the Eric Gill Series together, Matteson says he's confident that these three new typefaces can now stand up to the scrutiny of the 21st century. But would they stand up to the scrutiny of Eric Gill, the notoriously fussy perfectionist? "Is Eric Gill rolling over in his grave? Probably yes," laughs Matteson. "He was quite a character, but he also had a big ego. He wanted the public to appreciate his work. So even if he's rolling in his grave over some of our decisions, we think he'd still be in approval of bringing his work into the 21st century. He'd be happy he's still relevant." The new typefaces are available for license and download from MyFonts, Fonts.com, and Linotype.com.

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