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Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) is the industrial holding company of the De Benedetti Group, controlled by Compagnia Finanziaria De Benedetti, the financial holding company of the De Benedetti family, with an approximate shareholding of 46%.

Among Italian financial holding companies, Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) is distinguished for the balanced nature of its investment portfolio in companies with a strong position in their respective businesses, which belong both to mature business sectors with a constant cash flow and to sectors with a high potential for growth.
 
The clear role adopted by Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) as a point of reference for its subsidiaries gives a concrete contribution to the improvement of earnings and decisions are taken very rapidly.

The group was established in 1976, the year in which Mr Carlo De Benedetti founded Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) by transforming a small tanning business into one of the most important private holding companies in Italy.

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tsb

Tsb Sugar International is a subsidiary of the Remgro Group within the Rupert family controlled holdings. It is one of South Africa's leading sugar companies. Tsb Sugar International owns and operates two sugar factories in South Africa producing nearly half a million tonnes of sugar per year, with significant interest in the citrus and animal feeds industries. Tsb Sugar International acquired Booker Tate in October 2004.

Through its subsidiary, Booker Tate, Tsb Sugar International brings wide experience and knowledge of agricultural production in the tropics, of sugarcane production in a variety of agro-climatic conditions, extensive in-house skills relating to sugarcane production and processing, operational management experience in a range of tropical countries, an extensive library and database on sugarcane production and processing in many countries and contacts in a number of countries with potential for large scale bio-ethanol projects.  Tsb Sugar International's production base in South Africa, with two sugar factories in the Mpumalanga province, also provides a platform to service projects in the region and to access African resources. Booker Tate has extensive experience in planning, implementing and managing agro-industrial enterprises and projects in diverse and challenging environments. Over the past 50 years it has carried out over 1 500 assignments in more than 120 countries ranging from policy formulation at national level to provision of services to small farmers.

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venfin

Venfin is an active Investment Holding Company focusing on high growth investment opportunities. Its historic experience lies in the telecommunication, media and technology as well as financial and risk services sectors. Recent investments have seen entry into the energy market, including renewable energy. The company provides strategic input in investee companies through board, audit and other committee representation and shareholders' agreements. Venfin is a sister company to Remgro, owner of Tsb Sugar International.

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