Pioneering Invention 

For nearly 20 years we have mastered the art of cultivating and hosting this noble species, fostering research and invention under the watchful eyes of our forestry, agronomy and inventory experts.

We have become industry leaders by virtue of invention – with no other footsteps to follow we have forged our own path.

Quality Assurance

As a company we support the highest calibre of care, having achieved international certification for quality (ISO 9001), environment (14001), health & safety (AS/NZ 4801).  We work according to Good Manufacturing Practices (ICH Q7), a quality assurance system used to regulate all processes from tree growth through to harvesting, distillation and analysis.

Quality at every step

Land Search

The sites of our plantations are carefully selected according to more than 25 physical & chemical criteria including a tropical climate, reliable water sources, free-draining soils, flat or undulating topography, among many other factors.

Seed Selection

Our seeds are almost exclusively sourced from seed orchards where trees have been selected for growth, form and oil production.

Trees within the seed orchards are strategically placed so that Sandalwood Album trees that are distantly related are planted in close proximity. The progeny of these trees has proven to produce greater yields of heartwood within healthier trees.

Tree Breeding

Our team of scientists have developed a natural and rigorous tree breeding program, which has created trees with up to 18% greater growth and yields of heartwood.

Quintis’ policy is to have at least two years supply of seed in stock at the beginning of the sowing season in the nursery.

Cultivation

Seed is processed and planted in ideal conditions within our two state of the art nurseries in Katherine and Kununurra.

Our nurseries include customised machinery such as travelling irrigation booms for consistent seedling growth, and have the capacity to produce enough seedlings to plant over 1,000 hectares in a nursery year.

Seedlings reach the optimum height for hosting at six weeks, and will stay in the nursery for up to five months before they reach the plantations.

Plantation Management

We have created unrivaled Intellectual Property (IP) in the plantation management of Sandalwood Album.

We never use genetic modifications or artificial stimulants to artificially stimulate heartwood or oil; our Sandalwood Album oil is 100% pure.

Our focus is on selective breeding and natural forestry management to produce larger trees and ultimately greater yields of heartwood and oil.

Planting & Hosting

Biodegradable plant protectors are increasingly being used to improve the survival of seedlings. 

Around 500 sandalwood seedlings are planted on each hectare of plantation. 

Short-term, medium-term and long-term host seedlings are alternated between sandalwood seedlings to optimise the growth of the Sandalwood Album. The short term hosts die or are removed at around 2 years, by which time the sandalwood has had the opportunity to make root unions with the medium and long-term host trees which then support them. This natural and forced thinning ensures maximum growth of sandalwood trees.

Satellite Imagery

Satellite imagery was implemented in 2015 to monitor plantation performance, with real time imagery could be a valuable tool to help analyse plantation growth.

As well as providing information on tree numbers, the satellite imagery (GIS) measures levels of red and near infra-red UV light, an important marker of tree health. Far from replacing physical site inspections, satellite imagery allows for the early detection of issues to ensure staff can prioritise areas for inspection, and make more informed assessments.

Harvesting

Harvesting takes place once the trees reach maturity at 15 years of age.

A comprehensive quality assurance process is in place to track and manage each tree during the harvest process, which takes place from April – July in the coolest months of the year.

We have developed custom-built harvesting machinery, which allows our team to collect every part of the tree, to ensure no wastage. Once the trunks and branches are collected, a customised coring machine is used to extract the oil-rich butts from the earth.

 

 

 

Processing

Sandalwood is taken to our purpose-built production line at Quintis Primary Processing Centre in Kununurra once is has been harvested.

Host trees and waste material are processed and used as mulch to improve plantation soil health, microbe activity and organic carbon levels.

Distillation

Our Sandalwood processing facility in Albany is the world's largest distiller of sandalwood oil. The facility is customised for the commercial production of sandalwood oil and includes an oil distillation and refinement capacity as well as an onsite laboratory. 

Retention samples are kept for a minimum of six years, which allows us to match future orders to the quality of previous orders.

Pre-Shipment Samples (PSS) are provided for client approval. All sandalwood oil leaving our Albany factory is accompanied by a Safety Data Sheet and a Certificate of Analysis confirming its purity and composition.