2013 Media Releases

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9 Dec 2013  Understory cropping may add flavour to forestry
Rotorua based Crown Research Institute Scion is currently working with Maori Investments Ltd in Kawerau to explore opportunities to increase the revenue from planted forests in the Bay of Plenty region.

27 Nov 2013  Pan sector workshop aims to transform the forestry value chain
Getting significantly more out of the forestry and wood products value chain will keep international and national experts fully occupied for two days next week.

25 Oct 2013  ATLAS Technology changes hands
Crown Research Institute Scion is pleased to announce the sale of its commercial software brand ATLAS Technology to software development company Integral Limited. The sale takes effect from 1 January 2014.

24 Oct 2013  BPN Innovation Award
The Biopolymer Network Ltd (BPN) has received national recognition for its revolutionary bioplastic foam, ZealaFoamTM at this year’s New Zealand Innovators Awards announced last week.

3 Oct 2013  A successful year for Scion
Crown Research Institute Scion has reported many successes in its Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2013, from a revenue growth of 3.7% (including interest income) to many research and technology advancements.

9 Sep 2013  Government research funding invests in Scion
The Government backs a forest industry/Scion partnership to build the tools that will ensure the industry continues to sustain its international competitiveness, grow its contribution to GDP and continue to provide ecosystem services to the nation.

12 Aug 2013  Scion signs MOU with Callaghan Innovation
Crown Research Institute Scion has entered into a strategic partnership with Callaghan Innovation to strengthen collaboration on joint opportunities.

29 Jul 2013  Scion welcomes biofuels research investment
Crown Research Institute Scion welcomes research investment in the ‘Stump to Pump’ programme. The 14-month long research programme will receive $6.75 million in Government co-funding through the Primary Growth Partnership.

27 Jun 2013  Novel computing approach recognised for Scion scientist
Oliver Chikumbo, a big data scientist at Scion, together with overseas collaborators were awarded the prestigious Wiley Practice Prize for the best practical application of the Multi-Criteria Decision...

21 Jun 2013  Scion laboratories world class
The architects behind Crown Research Institute Scion’s recently upgraded Orman Wing laboratories, Lab-works Architects, have received international recognition for their design of the building.

10 Jun 2013  Scion’s wood fibre technology branches into North American markets
Crown Research Institute Scion and global wood processing giant Sonae Industria Group have signed an agreement that extends Sonae Industria’s exclusive “Woodforce” licence...

4 Jun 2013  Science and industry combine to carve the future of wood processing
Investing in opportunities to expand onshore wood processing has been the subject of a recently released study...

17 May 2013  Celebrating the importance of plants
Around the world this week the public is invited to take some time out to think about the importance of plants and plant science to our daily lives.

3 May 2013  Wood gets medical attention
Using medical scanners, scientists at Rotorua-based Crown Research Institute Scion have been able to peer inside blocks of wood.

14 Mar 2013  Council and Scion appoint directors to company commercialising TERAX waste technology
Rotorua District Council and Scion have appointed four directors to the board of new joint-venture company Terax Ltd.

14 Feb 2013  Government invests in world first technology in Rotorua
Generating income from waste is now possible for Rotorua District Council with a $4.7m Government grant to build a world leading waste treatment plant which turns sewage into valuable resources. The grant is the largest to be awarded from the Waste Minimisation Fund, announced Environment Minister Amy Adams.