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Monday, 5 October, 2020 - 12:00

Session One

All times are set in Eastern Standard Time. 


Welcome Remarks



Panel Discussion: Wood products


Wood products end use market


Outlook for North American lumber in the wake of COVID-19

  • A review of COVID-19’s impacts on lumber markets and what this means for our demand outlook through 2022
  • How has Fastmarkets’ capacity outlook changed, particularly for high cost regions like the BC Interior and US West Coast
  • European dimension lumber continues to make headway in North American markets…is this a temporary phenomenon or a secular trend?
  • Analysis regarding impact of duty and stumpage adjustments for Canadian producers how this will shift the industry cash cost curve





Panel Discussion: Mass timber for tall wooden buildings

  • Trends in the mass timber market
  • Keeping control of costs for mass timber projects
  • Speed of construction and impact on project timelines
  • Solutions for common challenges with mass timber
  • What does the future of mass timber look like and how ready for it are we?

Fastmarkets RISI outlook structural panels – OSB capacity, import levels, profitability

  • The outlook for supply and demand
  • OSB capacity and levels within North America currently
  • Offshore import levels within structural panels
  • Exploring current and future profitability levels in the sector

Fastmarkets RISI outlook for North American particleboard, MDF & engineered wood products

  • Examination of key end use market
  • Trends in supply and demand
  • Changes in capacity given mill openings and closings
  • The effects of trade on market supply
  • Analysis of past and future costs and profitability

CEO fireside chat and Q&A


Close of Session One

Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 - 12:30

Session Two

All times are set in Eastern Standard Time. 


Greg Rudder

Managing Editor

Fastmarkets RISI PPI Pulp & Paper Week, News, Markets & Prices

Welcome remarks and CEO of the Year Award presentation


Keynote Address


CEO Panel Discussion

A roundtable discussion with the region’s leading executives


Macroeconomics and the global economy

  • How has the COVID-19 impacted global trade and industries
  • How should businesses respond to falling stock prices and a likely recession
  • When might we expect to see the global economy start to recover?

Outlook for the US housing market – recovering from COVID-19 shutdown, outlook for single-family and multifamily housing starts

  • The housing market recovery began 2020 on a strong note but slowed as the economy shuttered
  • Even with solid demographics, the economic fallout of the COVID-19 shutdown colors the outlook.
  • Multifamily and affordable housing fundamentals were solid prior to COVID-19, but the fallout from the virus creates uncertainty for 2021.
  • This presentation will examine the underlying fundamental demand for shelter and household formations and what that will mean for housing starts through 2022.

John North

Senior Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

Outlook for the Asian softwood log trade

  • The US/China Trade War has persisted and has made life difficult for US log exporters, where are the alternative markets?
  • The spruce beetle devastated Central European forests and dumped a surplus of fiber onto the market, what is the impact on prices?
  • Emerging economies in Southeast Asia are not importing significant volumes of logs, but is there a change on the horizon? 

Peter Barynin

Principal Economist, North American Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

US Sawtimber Markets: Has COVID changed the outlook permanently?

  • How has COVID change the long-term timber economy?
  • Will there be a catch-up period?
  • Which regions are actually better off due to the pandemic?
  • What is our 2-year sawtimber outlook by region?

World Pulp Outlook: disparate trends from the pandemic create crosscurrents for pulp demand

  • The disparate trends for pulp end-use markets and regions due to the pandemic
  • How have the crosscurrents in the pulp market impacted market pulp demand
  • The ongoing cycle of large volumes of unexpected downtime
  • Review of the capacity expansion projects planned over the next two years

Close of Session Two

Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 - 12:15

Session Three

All times are set in Eastern Standard Time.


Welcome Remarks


AF&PA CEO presentation


Ken Waghorne

Vice President, Global Packaging

Fastmarkets RISI

North American paper packaging outlook

  • Overview of containerboard and boxboard markets
  • How did demand hold up during the Covid crisis?
  • Will shifts in consumer sentiments alter demand in 2021-2022?
  • Is excess capacity still a possibility?

Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

Recovered paper session

  • Review of COVID-19’s impacts on RCP markets
  • Trends in demand and supply
  • The effects of trade on global market dynamics

Packaging session


Global tissue outlook: Has COVID-19 changed the prospects?

  • Disparate developments in the consumer and AfH sectors in 2020
  • The first half of 2020 very positive for the industry except AfH mills
  • More attention to high hygienic standards may help also in the longer term
  • Global growth increasingly focusing on emerging markets, especially Asia

Global Fluff Pulp Outlook: Is fluff really insulated from a recession?

  • Overview of fluff pulp demand trends and key drivers
  • Rapidly shifting population and income dynamics
  • Consumption rates adjusted for AHP trade flows
  • Identifying risks and hotspots for future growth

Global Printing & Writing Outlook: Moving past collapse

  • Overview of global printing & writing market and impact of coronavirus
  • Prospects for demand by grade post-crisis
  • Oversupply and conversions
  • Risks and scenario analysis for demand, supply and mill closures

Event Closes

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