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Kurt Schaefer


Vice President, Fiber


Kurt Schaefer

With over 20 years of experience with the company, Kurt leads RISI´s analysis of the pulp and recovered paper segments of the industry, specializing in papergrade pulp. He publishes a monthly commentary and forecast on the world pulp market, World Pulp Monthly. He also produces RISI´s long–term pulp forecasts, focusing on variables such as pulp consumption, capacity, production, production costs, and pricing. In 2012, Kurt was the project leader and principal author of RISI’s multiclient study, The China Pulp Market: A Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook, which is the most comprehensive and in-depth study to date of the Chinese pulp market. Kurt was stationed in Beijing in 2011 and in Brussels in 2012 and is currently working out of RISI’s Boston-area office. Prior to specializing in papergrade pulp, Kurt was Director of Pulp & Paper Forecaster and was responsible for forecasting prices and market conditions across all of the major grades of paper and paperboard in North America, including containerboard, newsprint, and printing and writing papers. In 1995, he received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds degrees in Economics from the University of Virginia and Miami University.


Global Outlook for Pulp

Helping the Forest Products Industry Make Better Decisions - Day 1

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

Large exchange rate fluctuations are reshaping the cost structure of the world pulp industry. The large decline in the Euro, as well as currencies of many other pulp-producing regions, has changed the outlook for pulp prices and profitability for the 2015 and beyond. RISI VP of Fiber Kurt Schaefer will discuss the implications of these changes on the industry and consider some risk scenarios as well.

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