Indian sandalwood has very specific growing requirements, placing high demands on its ideal natural habitat, which partly explains the tree’s rarity.
All the more, its cultivation on plantations and its efficient harvesting represent a significant as well as research-intensive challenge. Quintis, our asset partner, has successfully managed to sustainably grow Indian sandalwood on its plantations in Australia.
While conventional forestry investments usually end with the harvest of the trees in question, investors in and partners of our JC Indian Sandalwood investments continue to participate in the tree’s value chain and commercial potential well beyond the harvest, through to the commercial exploitation of many of the tree’s profitable by-products and end-products, including the valuable Indian sandalwood oil and the newly emerging pharmaceutical applications derived from this.
As the world's leading grower of sustainable Indian sandalwood, our asset partner Quintis is striving to continuously improve the many complex processes behind its fully integrated value chain: Starting with developing its own seeds and then raising over 1 million of its own seedlings in its own two nurseries annually, through to the cultivation of its own sandalwood trees and host plants as well as the ongoing management of its plantations to the final harvesting of its own Indian sandalwood trees.
The most valuable parts of the tree are its heartwood and its roots, because they contain the valuable Indian sandalwood oil. The heartwood is used either for the extraction of sandalwood oil or for the production of valuable wood-based products.
The various by-products which are won during the distillation of sandalwood oil are also processed further and used for various applications. Quintis is not only the leading Indian sandalwood plantation management company in the world, but also a world leading company for the processing and marketing of many of the various sandalwood based by- and end-products.
The raw materials of the Indian sandalwood tree (namely wood, oil as well as various by-products) are processed into various end products. Traditionally, the wood products are in demand for various ceremonial and religious uses. Sandalwood oil, on the other hand, is mostly used in traditional medicine, the pharmaceutical industry as well as in the perfume and cosmetics industry. The various Indian sandalwood by-products are mostly processed into incense and household goods.