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Bob Flynn

Director, International Timber


Robert (Bob) Flynn is Director, International Timber for RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. Bob has more than 30 years experience in the forest industry, including 9 years as a forester for Champion International in Oregon. He has spent the past 20+ years as a consultant to the industry, with a focus on analysis of timber supply and demand trends outside of North America; international trade of logs, woodchips, and biomass; and trends in international timberland investment. He joined RISI in April 2006, and has published two reports on China's timber supply and demand; a global comparison of planted forest economics and investment attractiveness for tree farm development; a profile of India's forest products industry; an analysis of the impact of Russia's log export tax on Asian log markets; annual reports on international trade in woodchips and biomass; and most recently he published a report on South American plantation forestry and bioenergy markets. He holds a BA degree in geography from the University of Texas, a BS degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University and an MS in economics from the University of Oregon.


Sustainability Across the Forestry Value Chain: Wood Availability for the Global Pulp and Paper Sector: Where Are the Weak Points?

Day 2

Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Asian pulp and paper companies imported nearly 25 million BDMT of woodchips in 2017, enough to produce more than 12 million tonnes of wood pulp. But a combination of issues in the major woodchip supplying countries will result in a shortage of several million tonnes of woodchips relative to Asian market demand. This will mean that either new sources of woodchip supply will be developed, and/or the market will require imports of additional market pulp from overseas. This presentation will discuss:

  • Which countries will be reducing woodchip shipments to Asia, and why;
  • Which pulp producing countries are best positioned to expand supply of market pulp, in terms of current and potential pulpwood plantation area;
  • Which countries are likely to increase exports of hardwood chips to Asia, and how much can they realistically supply over the next 5-10 years.