Scion Annual Report showcases a successful year

Friday 20 Oct 2017

Scion has issued its annual report for the 12 months ending 30 June 2017 presenting a successful year for the Rotorua-based Crown research institute. Chair Tony Nowell says Scion’s 70-year legacy of delivering science impact gives the institute the confidence to think boldly about the future.

“I am excited by Scion’s unique contribution to shaping a truly sustainable future for New Zealand. In our annual report, we are proud to present some of the past year’s achievements that are stepping us towards our vision as we help unleash the power of forestry to deliver prosperity from trees.”

Mr Nowell said a special highlight of the year was Scion’s partnership with Ngati Whare to co-develop a novel propagation technology for indigenous trees. Now Ngati Whare is using the technology in its new state-of-the-art commercial nursery in Minginui, which will be opening local employment and economic opportunities as demand for indigenous forestry increases.

Another highlight of the year were the awards received recognising Scion’s environmentally-friendly Ligate™ bioadhesive. In a world first, the Scion bioadhesives team developed 100 per cent biobased-adhesives and resins that could replace formaldehyde-emitting adhesives. Made from natural sources, including forestry and agricultural waste, these bioadhesives and resins are petrochemical-free, have very low formaldehyde emissions and can be made and used in existing manufacturing operations. With an increasing interest in sustainable alternatives in the global wood adhesives market the opportunity for this environmentally friendly glue to become commercially successful is very promising.

Key achievements in the Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future research programme are summarised in the report. The programme has made significant progress towards increasing productivity and profitability, and demonstrated that increasing site utilisation by increasing final crop stocking can substantially lift productivity, and many companies are altering their silvicultural regimes to reflect this.

The report also presents the successful outcome of feasibility study for an inland container terminal at Kawerau, with a rail link to the Port of Tauranga. A total annual saving of approximately NZ$4 million in avoided transport costs is expected once the container terminal is fully operational, in addition to a net reduction in vehicle emissions and decreased congestion on the roads. Establishment of the container terminal is now progressing.

Financially 2016-17 was a good year for Scion. Revenue grew 4.6 per cent to NZ$51.9 million (budget $50.3 million) providing a net profit after tax of NZ$2.3 million (budget $1.6 million), and cash reserves increased to NZ$15.5 million (budget $7.3 million) supported by an NZ$8.4 million net cash surplus from operating activities. Scion’s complete Annual Report can be downloaded from www.scionresearch.com

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