Inspired by the Forestry Services of Western Australia’s Indian sandalwood research project in the 1980s, Frank Wilson founded Quintis (Tropical Forestry Services) in 1997. Just two years later, Quintis planted its first own Indian sandalwood plantation.
In 2004, the shares of Quintis were listed on the Australian stock exchange.
Quintis currently manages over 12'100 hectares of Indian sandalwood plantations with a total of over 5.4 million planted trees (among others in Kununurra, Kingston rest, Burdekin, Douglas Daly and Katherine). Each year, it plants an additional approximately 1'500 hectares of new Indian sandalwood plantations.
Just how important Quintis' know-how is to the successful cultivation of Indian sandalwood can be seen by looking at the failed efforts of various Quintis competitors when attempting to cultivate plantation grown Indian sandalwood, including one competitor who did so on a plantation in the immediate vicinity of Quintis' own plantations in Kimberley.
In 2008 Quintis acquired Mt Romance, the largest sandalwood-distillery in the world. As a result, Quintis is now the only vertically integrated producer of Indian sandalwood and the only company in the world able to distill and supply pharmaceutical grade Indian sandalwood.
Quintis has a strong and stable management team which is personally connected with the business of cultivating sandalwood. In the true spirit of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Quintis' corporate governance and management is characterised by a respect for and a commitment towards its employees as well as the regions and the natural environment in which operates.
For many years now, Quintis has supported Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his non-profit organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), particularly with a view to helping people in India who lost their livelihood as a direct result of the almost complete extinction of the Indian sandalwood tree in the wild forests in India.
Moreover, Quintis has received various management awards, including an award from Oekom Research for sustainable and ethical management.
Quintis is fully ISO (International Standards Organisation) certified for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14001).
Quintis' corporate leadership team has also been certified by the Australian Standard (AS) for its occupational health and safety management system (AS 4801).