The Proman family of companies has announced that the Starlift Steel Orchestra has been renamed Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra.
Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, a member of the Proman family, has been the group’s lead sponsor for six years.
A group statement said the transition further integrates the Steel Orchestra into Proman’s sustainable local investment portfolio and aligns the company’s long-term commitment to promoting Trinidad’s indigenous arts and cultural expressions. -and-Tobago.
“The rebranding coincides with the group’s 65th anniversary, a remarkable legacy
achievement that highlights the group’s contribution to the development of local music, carnival arts and culture. »
In its 65-year history, the Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra has been a Panorama finalist 28 times and has never missed a competition.
The orchestra has won the Band of the Day competition 21 times over the past 25 years and has been named Panorama Champions three times.
The group gained attention with their traditional mas performances and distinguished themselves from other steel bands by blending the company of mas and steelpan to create a unique combination of popular carnival expressions.
“We at Proman are very pleased to continue to build our strong partnership with the Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra, an important foundation of the pan Trinidad and Tobago fraternity,” Proman Managing Director Claus Cronberger told T&T.
“As Trinidad and Tobago’s leading petrochemical company, we take great pride in investing in the indigenous culture of this country, providing opportunities for young people through music, learning from the experiences of elders pan, while supporting a remarkable and progressive band like the Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra,” he added.
“This relationship is not just an investment in the band,” Claus explained. “It is also an expression of our long-term commitment to our local communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, this rebranding is a great way to usher in a new era and mark the 65th anniversary celebration. of the group,” he continued.
Group captain Michael Franco said: “MHTL’s commitment to the group has been vital over the years, and we have reaped significant benefits from this partnership in terms of group and community development.”
“We are grateful to Proman for their continued and dedicated support, especially as we grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector. The rebranding of the group comes at an ideal time as we prepare to announce a new period of development with the hope and anticipation of a better year ahead, rebranded with our Proman brand, but with the same support loyal. Knowing that we have a reliable and caring partner in Proman who is committed to the success of our group is a great reminder that we can expect even more success in the years to come.”
Proman is an integrated industrial group and a world leader in products and services derived from natural gas.
Headquartered in Switzerland with assets in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and Oman, as well as continued expansion in Mexico, Proman is the world’s second largest producer of methanol and a top 10 fertilizer company.
The organization is committed to developing sustainable methanol and ammonia as cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, providing a pathway to dramatically reduce emissions in power generation, land transportation, shipping and fuel. industry.
The company has been engaged in the T&T energy business for over 30 years, continually reinvesting to expand its portfolio to include methanol, anhydrous ammonia, urea, ammonium nitrate and melamine.
The company employs over 1,000 people in the country, representing two-thirds of Proman’s global workforce.