Our History


Inauguration of CTC Genomics, a North American subsidiary, based at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Saint Louis, Missouri.


Genetically modified sugarcane developed by CTC is approved at CTNBio. The new variety is borer resistant, the main pest that affects sugarcane crops in Brazil, generating losses that reach R $ 5 billion per year. In the same year the distribution of the seedlings for planting in multiplication fields started.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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