Quintis is responsible for the sustainable cultivation of our JC Sandalwood forests. The Australian company was founded in 1997 and has since developed into the world’s absolute market leader for sandalwood. From the nursery, reforestation, tree management, and harvesting, to processing, product development, and marketing.
In 1999 the company started with the first commercial sandalwood plantation. Quintis now manages sandalwood sites totaling over 12,000 hectares with 5.5 million sandalwood trees, making it the only company in the world that cultivates sandalwood on a commercially significant scale in a sustainable manner.
The Quintis Group also owns the world’s largest sandalwood distillery and is the only producer of pharmaceutical-grade sandalwood oil.
The product end of the value chain is also being further developed: The production of sandalwood, the processing and refining of sandalwood oil and wood products, and the development of end products (cosmetics, medicines, etc.).
Due to a required restructuring, the business of Quintis was taken private at the end of October 2018.
EXEMPLARY RISK MANAGEMENT
The pro-active risk management starts with the appropriate choice of location: far away from potential cyclone or flooding areas.
To mitigate fire-risk, the tropical climate-zone requirement for sandalwood is very advantageous compared to, f.ex., the south-west of this continent, where the disastrous and out-of-control fires in recent years took place. In the aboriginal tradition, controlled burning of potential fire catchers right after the wet season, is an agri-forestry routine which Quintis adopted early on, with the result of losing not even a handful of sandalwood trees to fire in their 20 years+ of operations.
An essential factor for the successful risk mitigation is the exceptional quality and quantity of specialized staff active in the sandalwood forests. All forestry staff are trained to recognize changes and risks (insects, diseases), reporting the suspected incident to the forestry management. A responsible manager lives continuously right next to each site, some with their families.
State-of-the-art technology is used to manage and monitor the plantations, from drip irrigation and the use of drones as well as satellite monitoring.
As a passive protection, there is an (internationally tendered) insurance risk coverage for all Quintis sandalwood forests.