Ensis: Model for the Future

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THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

Ensis: Model for the
Future

IAWS Conference

16 November 2006

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The Story


Forest industries down
-
under


Why a joint venture


How it operates


Our successes


The future

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

Australasian R&D landscape


R&D supply fragmented


Multiple stakeholders


Strategic engagement


Industry vs Government investment


Breadth vs Depth


science capability


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Our external environment

Natural

Resources

(air, land,
water,
forests etc)

Forest
Establishment

Forest
Management

Primary

Processing

Manufacturing

(timber,

composites,

pulp & paper,
packaging)










Environment

Agribusiness

Manufacturing

The Breadth vs Depth challenge for our science

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Our scale locally

Australia

NZ

Roundwood M m
3

25.6

20

Plantation M ha

1.7

1.8

Turnover $B

18

8

Exports $B

1.6

3.2

% GDP

1

3.2

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…but not global


‘Australasian Forestry Inc’ (if it
existed) is about the same size as
Weyerhaeuser…



Combined NZ and Australian forest
industries R&D spend about equal to
the R&D spend of International Paper

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…and has some
distinctive features


Government ownership of majority
of plantations (in Aus)


but this is
changing


New owners are ‘non
-
traditional’


Diverse mix of production species


Broad geographical distribution


A mandate for expansion in Australia via the Plantations
2020 vision


Pushing the survivability boundaries in some regions (<
600 mm rainfall threshold)

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...and we are challenged


Australasian forest sector is under stress
from globalisation…and so is the
research community


Organic growth difficult


science capacity and quality issues across a
broad value chain


Growth by partnership was the best
choice


but with whom?


Key issues were alignment of objectives,
freedom to operate and depth of
commitment

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The two partners


NZ Forest Research Institute
Ltd (Scion)
-

a Crown Research
Institute


340 staff


2 sites



CSIRO FFP
-

a business unit of
a large statutory authority (6500
staff)


220 staff


6 sites

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Our mandate


Ensis is the forestry and allied industries science
delivery organisation for both CSIRO and Scion


Operationally it acts like a merger


combined
science teams under a single management team


True 50:50 (contributions of staff, resources,
financial performance) joint venture,


no project
-
by
-
project negotiations


National interests are protected through structure
and JV agreement

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Key enablers


Unincorporated JV


Staff remain on parent employment contracts


Assets and IP owned by the parents


Focus on science delivery, parents to provide support
services


Parent science investment processes retained


Partnership with other R&D organisations and
industry is a critical success factor

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Ensis now


Fully integrated forestry industries science delivery
organisation with 6 business units


Around 350 science delivery staff, almost 400
personnel (contractors, students, Hon Fellows etc)


A$55M turnover, around A$26M from ‘external’
sources


Matrix structure across 8 sites


A child of its parents but rapidly developing
its own personality!!


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Strategic business units


Genetics:
Breeding better forests for maximum returns



Forests and Environment:
Management systems for


sustainable plantations, and protecting the environment


with forests


Forest Biosecurity and Protection:
Minimising risks and


protecting our forests


Wood Quality:
Linking quality to value



Wood Processing:
Ensuring the place of wood in a modern


market



Papro:
Optimising processes and products



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Our Current Locations

Canberra

Cooroy

Melbourne

Rotorua

Perth

Mt Gambier

Hobart

Christchurch

5400 km

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Our successes

Ensis Wood Quality

Enhancing timber quality control



Instigated a world
-
first application of aerospace technology to
enhance timber quality


Neville Smith Timber adapted the ultrasonic void detection
technology to detect internal faults in dried hardwood boards


Potential to revolutionise hardwood timber processing

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Our successes

Ensis Papro

Developing quality boxes



“The Dynamic Stiffness Tester provides a quick and
reliable measure corrugated board integrity that enables
us to control the corrugating and converting processes to
tolerances not previously possible, thus reducing the
incidence of box failure.”

-
Adrian Dalgleish,


Technical Manager, VISY

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Our successes

Ensis Wood Processing

Replacing chemical wood adhesives



Collaboration between Ensis and Scion.


Extracting chemicals from pine bark to replace synthetic
and petroleum
-
based compounds used in building
products, packaging, plastics and cosmetics.

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

Our successes

Ensis Forest Biosecurity and Protection

Biological control agent



A leaf
-
eating weevil has been identified as a sustainable and
environmentally
-
friendly way of controlling the weed
Buddleja
davidii
, which was introduced to NZ as an ornamental shrub.



“The industry is under constant pressure to reduce chemical
use and the cleopus initiative demonstrates how we are keen
to support serious efforts to find alternatives”,

-
Dave Little, Harvesting and


Marketing Mgr Crown Forestry.

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios:
Developing a value
-
chain model for the
forest industry to guide Ensis research to areas that have
maximum impact on industry competitiveness


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits:
Developing the means to value, capture and
enhance all of the benefits of new and existing forests


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry:
Improving current forest management,
harvesting and logistics


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management:
Developing an integrated risk management
approach to forest industries, particularly targeting new forest
owners


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation:
Developing new and improved
high
-
value products and processes for the forest industry


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources:
Positioning the forest
industry as a leader in the bioeconomy through biofibre,
biorefinery and advanced material approaches


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology:
Developing high technology
sensors for the forest industry


Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

The future

Ensis Strategic Plan


Targeting key outcome areas for our future science


Value scenarios


Forest benefits


Precision forestry


Risk management


Process and product innovation


Future bioproducts from forest resources


Sensors and sensing technology


Worker wellbeing:
Increasing the technological skills,
productivity and health of the forest industry workforce

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Ensis integration

Precision forestry

Value scenarios

Technical services


Markets


Distribution


Secondary


Manufacturing


Primary


Processing

Forests

Environ.

Forest
Biosecurity
Protection

Genetics

Forests

Wood
Quality

Papro

Wood
Processing

Product and process Innovation

Sensors and sensing technology

Forest benefits

Risk management

Products from renewable resources

Worker wellbeing

THE JOINT FORCES OF CSIRO & SCION

Ensis
-

a future model?


Consolidation provides similar benefits to R&D
organisations as to commercial enterprises


creates critical mass


avoids duplication


enables synergies


targets growth


Other R&D examples


Incipient: Forintek, Paprican and Feric


On
-
going: STFI and PFI


Failed: STFI and KCL (pulping research)

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Ensis
-

a future model?

Critical success factors for Ensis


Enhance world
-
class science capability

-
build strategic

partnerships


Target new technology

development

-
ideally together with end
-
user partners


Maintain relevance to Australasian needs

-
economic, environmental and social


Expand

international profile (and business)


-
world
-
scale offerings in niche areas