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John North

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?

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.