Our History

2016

CTC's shares are listed on Bovespa Mais.
The portfolio of varieties created by CTC covers one in every three hectares in Brazil's sugarcane plantation.

2015

Filing for the approval of the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) for the first genetically modified sugarcane, resistant to borer for commercial planting.
Launch of Palha Flex, an integrated solutions system for collecting and processing sugarcane straw.

2014

Inauguration of the largest and most modern sugarcane applied biotechnology laboratory in the world.
Completion of the construction of the cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant, at the São Manoel mill, and the industrial biotechnology laboratory, in Piracicaba.
BNDES becomes one of CTC's shareholders.

2013

CTC launches the first varieties of the CTC 9000 series, marking a new era of more modern and regionalized cultivars.

2012

Implementation of the Company’s new strategic plan, which will focus on genetic improvement, agricultural biotechnology and technologies with disruptive potential.
Reformulation of the genetic improvement program, adopting modern techniques and parameters, regionalized hybridization and reduction of the time-to-market of new varieties.

2011

CTC becomes a corporation, having as shareholders the most important groups in the sugar and ethanol sector, which are responsible for more than 60% of the country's production capacity.

2004

In August, CTC becomes Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (Sugarcane Technology Center), a nonprofit research institution. As such, in addition to the members of Coopersucar, CTC now has the support of the most important mills and supplier associations.

1995

CTC develops several improvements for mechanized harvesting, loading and transport processes, significantly reducing production costs and fostering the adjustment to new environmental demands.

1994

Opening of the first agricultural biotechnology lab and beginning of the studies to create genetically modified cultivars.

1992

CTC's researchers start developing the concept of production environments, characterizing the different types of soil and climate data. The edaphoclimatic mapping is still a reference in the entire country.

1986

CTC develops automation controls for sugarcane mills, optimizing industrial processes in the sugar and ethanol sector.

1983

CTC launches its first sugarcane variety, developed as a result of the Genetic Improvement Program. The SP70 1143 variety was extremely successful in its time, accounting for 27% of the sugarcane crop area in 1989.

1975

The Brazilian government creates the National Alcohol Program (Proálcool). With substantial investments in research, CTC makes a decisive contribution to the development of new technologies and industrial and agronomic improvements, at all stages of the sugarcane production process.

1969

Inauguration of the Copersucar Technology Center (CTC), as a research unit of Copersucar aimed at developing technological innovations for the sugar and ethanol sector.