International Woodfiber Resource and Trade Conference
April 29-30, 2020 (Field Trip April 27-28)
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel | Lisbon, Portugal
The Navigator Company
Portugal is the third largest producer of wood pulp in Europe, and relies on a significant volume of hardwood chip imports from Uruguay and Portugal to supplement domestic wood supplies. This presentation will give an overview of the Portuguese pulp and paper sector and their potential need for woodfiber imports.
Vice President, Fiber
Economist, International Timber
New Forests Timber Products Pty Ltd.
Sumitomo Corporation Africa
This discussion will include viewpoints of three of the key players in the international woodchip supply chain: a major woodchip supplier, a trading company with long history in the trade, and the largest woodchip importing company in Asia.
European imports of wood pellets again hit record volumes in 2018 and will likely eclipse that level in 2019. However, imports of biomass chips from outside Europe have stagnated. This presentation will highlight the potential for both types of biomass in the European market.
Forest Products Department-Paper Material Section
Vietnam accounted for 43% of all hardwood chip imports in Asia in the first seven months of 2019, with exports surging from 2.2 million BDMT in 2008 to 10.4 million BDMT in 2018, and to a new record of around 11.5 million BDMT (estimated) in 2019. Sojitz/VijaChip has long been one of the major woodchip suppliers from Vietnam, and this presentation will include their views on future woodchip supply potential from this key country.
Australian Bluegum Plantations
Australia is the second largest supplier of hardwood chips to the Asian market, with imports hitting a record 6.5 million BDMT in 2018. However, future supplies are expected to decline significantly. This presentation will provide an overview of both hardwood and softwood chip exports from Australia and likely changes in the next several years.
General Manager, Timber Exports and New Business Development
TWK, South Africa
South Africa has long been a key supplier of hardwood chips to the Asian markets, but reported imports in Asia have declined from 3.3 million BDMT in 2005 to only 1.4 million BDMT in 2018. This presentation will discuss the sustainability of woodchip supply sources, and will also provide news of any new chip export facilities in the rest of Africa.
Forestal Del Sur S.A., Chile
Chile is an important supplier of high quality E. globulus and E. nitens woodchips to the Asian markets, with volumes at a record 3.1 million BDMT in 2017 and 2018. However, this presentation will discuss how growing domestic demand will impact future export chip supplies.
Pike Consultora Forestal (Pike&Co.)
In addition to Chile, woodchips are exported from Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador and Venezuela, including shipments to both the European and Asian markets. This presentation will review opportunities to expand chip exports in these and other Latin American countries.
Despite having a large surplus of woodfiber, woodchip exports from North America to Asia have been stagnant and have fallen to relatively low levels to Turkey. This presentation will discuss current fiber availability and pricing, and potential future supplies from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Yildiz Entegre USA, Inc.
Turkey has long been a major market destination for softwood and hardwood chip exports from North and South America and from Ukraine and other countries. Economic conditions have impacted demand for woodchips in the past several years, and this talk will summarize the current situation in the Turkish wood panel industry and the outlook for fiber demand in the next several years.
Ocean freight logistics have been an important component of the woodchip and biomass supply chains, due to the large volume of relatively low-priced product being shipped long distances overseas. But in addition, this sector is facing new challenges, includng the shift to higher cost low-sulphur fuel in 2020 and the need to upgrade vessels for ballast water regulations in the coming years. This presentation will discuss these key issues, as well as the overall balance of vessel supply vs. demand.
Plantation Export Group, Australia
Delivered price is obviously a key factor in determining where Asian and European customers source woodchips, but it is only a part of the story. This presentation will explore how differing fiber qualities, port loading techniques and other factors impact the final cost of woodfiber in pulp production.
NYK is currently having a new type of woodchip carrier being built which will significantly increase fuel efficiency and will comply with the new SOx (sulfur oxide) emission regulations. This presentation will discuss some of the new design features and advantages of its new "eco-friendly woodchip carrier".
Fastmarkets RISI has spent decades analyzing and forecasting pulp production around the world. This presentation will summarize the company's expectations for future demand for woodchip imports in the key Asian markets, based on both pulp production and consumption forecasts and the likely availability of woodchips in the market.
Owner and General Manager
BSL Comércio Internacional S.A.
Jose Reis has often shared some of his insights on new developments in the European pulpwood trade, and will discuss some interesting new trends in woodchip, pulplog and biomass trade.
This panel to discuss relevant new projects is traditionally a highlight of the Woodfiber Conference. Slots are open to registered delegates, by invitation of the Conference Moderator. Concise, 6-minute presentations will introduce the conference delegates to new projects being developed to add to the global woodchip or biomass fiber supply, as well as potential new customers.