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GP Week : Issue 234
Omnicane Limited, is a public company listed on the Official List of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. It is a leader of the modern sugarcane industry born of Mauritius’s centuries-old sugar industry. Its primary activity consists in the cultivation of sugarcane and the production of refined sugar, bioethanol, thermal energy, and electricity. The Company is involved in electric power generation in two units, such as Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (Saint Aubin) Limited and Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (La Baraque) Limited. The Company is also involved in vegetable, palm heart, fresh water shrimp and venison production, as well as flower production, which includes Anthurium andreanum for the export market. Other activities include logistics through Omnicane Logistics for transport of cane, sugar, molasses and rocks, among others. It is also involved in stone crushing for aggregates for the building industry through Sud Concassage Ltée. The company prides itself on its unique systemic ability to carry out those productions in integration, with resulting optimal efficiency and minimal waste. Logistics and haulage are an integral part of Omnicane’s primary operations, while judicious property planning and development is central to the strength and growth of the business. Territoriality Mauritius is Omnicare’s home and Africa its natural choice for further expansion in the sugarcane industry and the production of electricity from renewable sources. Taking forward the company’s vertical integration, it also has a sizeable interest in marketing of sugar and its value added products in the United Kingdom. Vision “To be an inspiration for sustainable development in our operations.” Mission Omnicane strives to make the utmost sustainable use of the natural resources at its disposal, for the benefit of all. Culture Ominicare’s value and cultivate: • Expertise and vision, innovation and know-how, research and enterprise as a business operator; • Inclusiveness, fairness, and the development of personal potential as an employer; • Transparency and openness in our dealings with all stakeholders; • Integrity above all else. Sustainability Engagement In living up to its vision and mission, Ominicare strives to profoundly research, develop and operate to meet the needs of today without compromising those of the future. Omnicare consciously operate for the benefit of people, planet and prosperity by: • Being a responsible corporate citizen, valuing our people, engaging constructively with our local communities and actively supporting numerous local and national NGOs • Developing our collective ecoconsciousness to promote cleaner production and judicious use of natural resources Embracing sound business models to develop resilience and achieve long term growth. For more information, go to www.omnicane.com Fernando Alonso could take a year out from Formula One next season if the 2016 McLaren is not competitive. That was the story doing the rounds in the Abu Dhabi paddock following comments from team boss Ron Dennis who confirmed the two had spoken about the possibility. Having joined McLaren from Ferrari, the 2015 season has been an ordeal for both Alonso and teammate Jenson Button. While his former team won three race, Alonso endured his worst season since his debut year in 2001 as McLaren recorded its worst performance it its long and decorated history. With no guarantees that next season will be any better, speculation was rife that the Spaniard could simply choose to sit out the coming season ahead of a return for the 2017 season. "I have an open mind to anything, and some of the ideas have involved those sorts of considerations; sabbatical years, etc," Dennis confirmed. "At this moment in time, I would say that we believe we know where we will be. I think we navigated a difficult weekend [in Suzuka] in respect of our drivers. "We have a great number of driver options and two of the best drivers in the world in our cars," Dennis added. "When we have to take the decision we will take it together, at this moment of time our drivers for next year are Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button." The speculation came as news to Alonso himself, who refuted the idea of a year out. "I will be," Alonso asserted when asked if he'd be on the grid in 2016. "I will be. "I haven't spoken to him, so I don't think that's true. It's always the same story. When Ron or another driver says something then I have to respond and guess what they meant to say. "If he wants to put pressure on anyone, I'm sure it's not on me, and if it's someone, it has to be on Honda so they do a good job all winter," Alonso added. "Obviously let's hope that next year, when we hit the track, we are competitive and when we are competitive we are also a bit lucky, and we have tyres that last more than a lap." alonso: no 2016 sabbatical 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news