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Program

Tuesday, 28 April, 2020

Pre Event

19:00

Pre-Event Registration & Welcome Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020

Day 1

7:50

Registration

8:50

John North

Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

Welcome remarks

9:00

Portuguese woodchip import outlook

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.

9:30

Global pulp market update

10:15

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

10:45

Moderator

John North

Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

Panelists

David Evans

Director Marketing

New Forests Timber Products Pty Ltd.

Panel Discussion:The Woodchip Supply Chain

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.

11:30

European biomass market

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.

12:00

Networking Lunch

13:30

Gaku Sato

Forest Products Department-Paper Material Section

Sojitz

Outlook for Vietnam woodchip supply

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.

14:00

Outlook for Australia woodchip supply

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.

14:30

John Swaine

General Manager, Timber Exports and New Business Development

TWK, South Africa

Outlook for South Africa woodchip supply

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.

15:00

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

15:30

Outlook for Chile woodchip supply

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.

16:00

Outlook for Latin America woodchip supply

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.

16:30

North America import outlook

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.

17:00

Close of Day 1

18:00

Evening networking reception and dinner

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

Day 2

7:50

Registration

8:50

John North

Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

Welcome remarks

9:00

Turkey woodchip import outlook

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.

9:30

How the woodchip industry can use freight to its advantage

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.

10:00

Doug Massey

General Manager

Plantation Export Group, Australia

Woodchip price trends

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.

10:30

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:00

The new “eco- friendly” woodchip carrier

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".

11:30

Woodchip Equipment: Optimizing for biomass, wood panels or pulp

12:00

Networking Lunch

13:30

John North

Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

Asian woodchip import outlook

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.

14:00

Wood pellet market outlook

14:30

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

15:00

José Reis

Owner and General Manager

BSL Comércio Internacional S.A.

Some interesting new woodfiber trade flows

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.

15:20

New Projects Panel

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.

16:20

Close of conference