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Your one chance this year to find the North American forest products industry in one place


2021 has been a year of unprecedented volatility for the forest products industry. Pulp price volatility reached 20%, on par with copper and Brent crude oil. And lumber prices in the United States hit an all-time high in May, topping $1,500 per thousand board feet. Prices are now cooling... does this signal a return to normal or the calm before yet another storm? 

Join industry peers at the premier forum for the region’s forest products industry to find out. Immerse yourself in three days of content, focusing on the latest trends and challenges, and the key issues surrounding the North American market. 

Meet and network with those that matter in the world of forest products. Enjoy the opportunity to connect with Fastmarkets’ forest products experts, and top industry executives, and take your business relationships to the next level. 

You’ll be one of the first to get access to our outlook for 2022. Our experts will be on site to answer your questions and hear your predictions for the year ahead.



What can you expect at the 2021 event?

Learn about the North American market from the experts. 

Hear from our very own economists and key figures from leading firms in the industry on everything you should know about forest products. This year’s three-day program is separated into three themes.

Day one focuses on the future of the wood products market.

What is driving the lumber market, and will unprecedented volatility continue? Our economists will take you through the latest developments and outlooks for lumber, and structural and non-structural panels. CEOs from Canfor, Forest City Trading Group, LLC, and Freres Lumber Co., Inc. will discuss the ways to navigate volatility.

Day two covers our macroeconomic outlook, market overviews and forecasts for the year ahead.

What are the aftershocks and impact of the record price run for the global pulp market? Is Covid-19 fundamentally changing the housing market? Is the global timber market outlook  positive post-pandemic? CEOs from Kruger, DS Smith and Resolute will also take to the stage to discuss the ways businesses need to adapt to their customers’ changing needs and market conditions, and take a deep dive into sustainability and investment strategies. Finally, don’t miss the CEO of the Year award for International Paper that also takes place on this day. 

Day three looks at paper, pulp and packaging perspectives.

How long will containerboard demand growth persist? How do shifting recovered paper trade flows and a graphic paper capacity shakeout impact your business? What role is China playing in the global pulp market? Discover the outlook for these sectors from Fastmarkets’ forest products experts. 

Furthermore, the CEO of Pixelle will discuss sustainability in the industry and the impact of Covid-19 on this, while leaders from the Association of American Railroads, Freightwaves and Pesmel Corporation will address logistics and supply chain challenges that continue to affect the industry. 

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Bringing the hybrid event experience to you

We recognize that an in-person event may not be for everyone this year due to the pandemic. That is why we are hosting a brand-new hybrid event experience, where we will be holding the event in Boston and digitally via our virtual platform, to make sure that no one misses out on great forest products content from Fastmarkets. Read on to find out which option best suits you. 

You can choose to enjoy the event with us at the at the Seaport Hotel Boston, Massachusetts, in one of the city’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods. Enjoy the physical event experience, hear from experts and industry veterans, and connect with peers in the industry face-to-face. The ticket also includes full digital access, so you can also network with virtual attendees and watch presentations on-demand on the virtual platform. Find out more about our Covid-19 safety precautions onsite here.

Alternatively, you can choose to have the event brought to your screen via our virtual platform, wherever you are. The presentations will be delivered to you in real time, and you can participate in the Q&A or polls as if you are there. Of course, networking with both physical and virtual delegates is also available via the virtual platform. Not sure which to go for? Take a look at the differences between the two event experiences and choose the option that suits you. 

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Book with confidence

Not able to travel? Not to worry. We understand that travel restrictions continue to change. If your attendance is affected by Covid-19, you will receive a full refund, or the option to swap for a virtual ticket.

Our Speakers

The smartest minds in the forest products industry share their expertise

Fastmarkets RISI

DS Smith

Bank of America Securities, Inc.

Pesmel Corporation


KeyBanc Capital Markets

Freres Lumber Co., Inc.

Forest City Trading Group, LLC