International Timber Economist
John North joined RISI in July of 2017 as an economist covering the international timber markets. Prior to RISI, he spent 6 years on active duty as an officer in the US Marine Corps, serving primarily in the Middle East and West Africa. Afterwards, he held a civilian role with the United Nations in Cote d’Ivoire before returning to graduate school in the US.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from The Citadel and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.
Sustainability Across the Forestry Value Chain: Wood Availability for the Global Pulp and Paper Sector: Where Are the Weak Points?
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.