ForestsHabitat for many bird and animal species
The Home of JC Sandalwood
A total area of around 575 hectares is owned by JC and its co-investors. The sandalwood forests are located in the tropical north of Australia, where they thrive in ideal climatic conditions, with natural water resources and favourable soil conditions. Its inland location naturally protects it from possible cyclones.
Our sandalwood forests are cultivated by our experienced management partner Quintis according to the latest forestry knowledge. Every day, proven forestry experts, agronomists and a large number of dedicated employees take care that our sandalwood is given the best conditions to grow.
Safe location Northern Australia
Risk minimisation already starts with the choice of location. Australia is a politically stable and legally reliable investment location. The extreme remoteness of the forests and their high-tech protection also successfully minimise the potential danger of poaching and theft.
The afforestation areas were also selected according to the following criteria:
- climatic suitability
- Soil quality
- Water licences
- legal aspects
- Aboriginal rights
- natural risks
To reduce the risk of fire, the tropical climate zone in the north of Australia, which requires sandalwood, is very advantageous compared to, for example, the south-west of the continent, where the devastating fires of recent years took place. In the indigenous tradition, controlled burning of potential fire sources immediately after the rainy season is an agroforestry routine that Quintis adopted early on, with the result that not even a handful of sandalwood trees have been lost to fire in more than 20 years of management. As passive protection, risk insurance (internationally tendered) is available for all Quintis sandalwood forests.
Our management partner Quintis
Our Australian partner Quintis is responsible for the sustainable cultivation of our JC Sandalwood forests. The company was founded in 1997 (then as “TFS”) and has since become the world market leader for sandalwood
In 2010, a handful of international plantation investors were invited to expand the plantation areas, such as the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, the Harvard University endowment fund and the Church of England. This circle also includes Jäderberg & Cie.
Due to a necessary restructuring, Quintis’ business was privatised at the end of October 2018 with new shareholders (including BlackRock). Background information on this restructuring can be found in this report
Quintis is the only company in the world that grows sandalwood on a commercially significant scale and in a sustainable manner. The Quintis Group also owns the world’s largest sandalwood distillery, the only place where pharmaceutical-grade sandalwood is distilled.
Learn more about the sustainable management of JC Sandalwood mixed forests.