Creating value & competitive advantage

A value chain describes the flow of raw materials from sourcing through the finished product delivered to the final consumer. By examining each 'link' in the chain and how they relate to other links it is possible to increase the efficiency of the chain to deliver maximum value for the least possible total cost.

Scion's Value Chain Optimisation team of business analysts and economists works across the forestry supply chain looking for opportunities to reduce costs and risks and add value and resilience to New Zealand’s forestry industry.

Our work covers supply chain diagnostics, design and strategy including:

  • Supply chain benchmarking
  • Simulating and optimising supply chain logistics
  • Forest, road, mill and port logistics
  • Measuring supply chain collaboration

Competing in the global market

A fit-for-purpose value chain adjusts itself to short-term and long-term market trends. Our team has a deep understanding of existing and future global markets for New Zealand’s forest products, such as logs, timber, wood products and the growing demand for renewable bio-based materials.

This is supported by three-monthly log price outlooks based on collating the personal views of participating forest owners, managers, wood processors, traders, consultants or people in forestry related industries abroad.

Participation in the Scion Log Price Outlook is free and strictly confidential. In return for completing the short online poll, participants receive a copy of the log price outlook one month before the outlook becomes publicly available.

Find the latest Scion Log Price Outlook

Facilitating industrial networks

Scion is identifying regional opportunities for companies to utilise material streams, energy, water and other assets in more effective and efficient ways.

Industrial networks provide the opportunity for companies to work smarter, cleaner and greener. This symbiosis between two or more companies provides them with the means to:

  • Reduce raw material and waste disposal costs
  • Earn new revenue from residues and byproducts
  • Divert waste from landfill and reduce carbon emissions
  • Open up new site-specific business opportunities.

Examples of industrial symbiosis models include wood energy industrial symbiosis and the Kawerau Industrial cluster.


Karen Bayne, Team Lead, Economy and Society - South Island