CK Life Sciences’ agriculture-related businesses comprise operations in Mainland China and Australia.
In Australia, CK Life Sciences is the largest supplier of turf management products and services as well as the second largest supplier in the home garden products industry.
The Group is the second largest vineyard owner in Australasia and also the largest producer of salt for the domestic market in Australia.
CK Life Sciences has two vineyard portfolios:
CK Life Sciences has a 72.26% interest in Belvino Investments Trust, formerly a listed Australian unit trust until delisting in 2011.
There are 13 vineyards in Belvino’s portfolio, along with irrigation water entitlements. Together, these cover around 4,800 hectares of land in Australasia.
Vineyards which are 100% owned by CK Life Sciences are held in a number of vehicles outside of Belvino.
In Australia, these vineyards include Qualco West Vineyard, and 3 vineyards in Margaret River as well as 3 McWilliam's vineyards; while in New Zealand, these include Northbank Millennium Vineyard and Mud House Vineyards.
Spanning some 510 hectares of land, the Qualco West Vineyard is located in South Australia's Riverland wine region, the largest wine grape producing region in the country.
The 3 vineyards in Margaret River comprise the Old Land Vineyard, the Rowe Road Vineyard and the Lionels Vineyard. Located in a premium wine-growing region 3 hours south of Perth in Western Australia, these 3 vineyards cover a total area of approximately 300 hectares.
The portfolio of the McWilliam’s vineyards is comprised of the Hanwood Vineyard in Griffith, New South Wales; and the Station & Kirkgate Vineyards in Coonawarra, South Australia. It has a total land area of about 700 hectares, and a planted area of about 650 hectares.
The Northbank Millennium Vineyard has a total land area of about 175 hectares, and a planted area of about 130 hectares. It is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island in the Marlborough area, the country’s largest wine-growing region.
The Mud House Vineyards comprise the Woolshed Vineyard in Marlborough; the Mound Vineyard, the Home Vineyard, and the Deans Vineyard in Waipara; as well as the Claim Vineyard in Otago. These vineyards have a total land area of about 600 hectares, and a planted area of about 380 hectares. They are situated in the key wine-growing regions in the South Island of New Zealand, all of which are famous for producing premium wines.
A majority of the vineyards in CK Life Sciences’ portfolios are committed to long-term leases with major Australasian wine companies.
With a long history dating back to 1888, Cheetham is Australasia’s largest producer and refiner of salt for the domestic market. Cheetham has a production capacity of approximately 800,000 tonnes of crude salt and 600,000 tonnes of refined salt per year.
Cheetham operates 6 salt fields and 4 refineries in Australia, as well as a salt refinery in neighbouring Indonesia. Via its Joint Venture investments Cheetham also operates 1 salt field and 2 refineries in New Zealand, and a salt refinery in Perth, Western Australia. Cheetham’s salt fields and refineries occupy about 9,300 hectares of leasehold and freehold land in Australia and New Zealand, of which around 90% is in Australia.
Cheetham’s salt in Australia is mainly used in: (i) chlor-alkali; (ii) as an ingredient for food manufacturers and in its own right as a retail brand; (iii) ingredient in the manufacture of stockfeed; (iv) for swimming pool sanitisation; and, (v) curing of hide and skins.
CK Life Sciences’ home gardening, turf management, pest management as well as horticulture and broad acre businesses in Australia have been consolidated under Amgrow.
Amgrow draws together companies with over 100 years of service to the Australian agriculture and horticulture markets. It is one of the largest suppliers of agricultural products and services in Australia, particularly in turf management, home garden products and pest management.
The Amgrow group companies operate nationally throughout Australia in production, distribution, sales and technical support services.
The companies are committed to developing innovative products that meet the core objective of environmental sustainability. Providing superior options for plant nutrition and pest and disease control, Amgrow responds to changing grower practice and product requirements.
Amgrow’s key markets are:
- Recreational turf;
- Amenity horticulture;
- Production horticulture;
- Home garden; and
- Pest management
Accensi is the largest independent toll manufacturer of crop protection products in Australia. With production facilities located in Western Australia and Queensland, it manufactures a wide range of products for both local and multinational companies.
Toll manufacturing is Accensi’s key area of expertise. Additional services offered by the company include technical formulation development, storage and distribution. With the ability to produce emulsifiable concentrates, suspension concentrates, aqueous solutions, coated granules, powders, as well as amination based reactions, Accensi offers a one-stop shop for all liquid crop protection products.
Accensi maintains the highest standards and complies fully with the standards of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. It also holds ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Accreditations.
The comprehensive R&D services offered by Accensi include formulation development and analytical services. In this area, the company utilises a wide range of traditional and modern technologies for customers’ agricultural and horticultural product development.
CK Life Sciences is an innovator in China’s fertiliser market which focuses on developing crop-friendly eco-fertilisers that significantly outperform traditional products. Its subsidiaries specialise in formulating, manufacturing and marketing input solutions that allow farmers to reduce traditional chemical fertiliser usage as well as improve output performance and competitiveness.
CK Life Sciences markets its products in the Mainland’s key agricultural provinces. It also exports fertiliser products to the United States, Australia and several countries in Asia.