Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Trans-Tasman forestry venture up and running

Trans-Tasman forestry venture up and running

Forest Research and Australia’s CSIRO announced today that ensis, their new joint venture in forest industry research and development, has commenced trading.

Following two years of committed effort by the two leading forestry R&D agencies in both countries, ensis has been established to strengthen competitiveness and research capacity of the Australasian forest, wood and paper industries.

Dr Paul Cotterill, Chief of CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products and Bryce Heard, Chief Executive of Forest Research said today that the increased scale and depth of research capacity will place ensis in a strong position to deliver a full range of science and technology services for public and private sector clients.

“ensis will enhance the ability of both nation’s forestry industries to develop world-class products and services by making the most of the R&D and science investment synergies existing between the operations of CSIRO and Forest Research,” Mr Heard said.

The ability to access forestry research and development via a single point of entry has been welcomed by the industry. A major focus of the joint venture will be on securing and developing strategic partnerships with key sector players.

ensis comprises four R&D business units: Pulp, paper and packaging – optimising processes and products. Wood and wood products – ensuring the place of wood in a modern market. Tree improvement and germplasm – breeding better forests for maximum returns. Wood and fibre quality – linking quality to value.

At start up, ensis will have around 180 science and technical staff, with annual revenues of approximately $30 million. General Managers have been appointed for each business unit, and the appointment of a Chief Executive is expected soon.

The Australian and New Zealand Ministers of Science announced the deal between Forest Research and CSIRO in April this year. (ANZAC deal gives major boost to forest products industry).

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news