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Program

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pre-Event

6:30pm

Pre-Event-Registration and Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Day One

7:50am

Registration

8:50am

Welcome Remarks

9:00am

Outlook for the International Pulp Markets - Global Overview of Demand for Wood Pulp, and Trends in Chinese Production

Wood pulp demand getting a boost from stricter Chinese environmental policies

Chinese domestic pulp capacity expanding but where will the mills get the fiber?

No large capacity additions outside of China until at least the second half of 2020

Tight pulp market continues for the next two years unless something dramatic happens on the demand side

 

 

9:35am

Moderator

Panelists

Fabien Méhu

Head of Biomass Trading

Engie Energy Management Scrl

Panel Discussion: European Biomass Demand

Europe imported an estimated 16 million tonnes of wood pellets in 2017, but demand for woodchips for biomass energy is also expected to grow quickly in the years ahead. This panel will include participants from a number of leading European energy companies and trading companies involved in biomass sourcing, to discuss the outlook for demand for biomass in Europe, including both wood pellets and woodchips.

10:25am

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:00am

Moderator

Panelists

Yasushi Kojima

General Manager, Woodchip Department

O&C Fiber Trading Co., Ltd.

Yoshi Arai

General Manager, Woodchip Procurement

Hokuetsu Corporation

Panel Discussion: Asian Woodchip Demand for Pulp Production

We have invited representatives from various Asian woodchip importing companies to discuss current and future demand for both hardwood and softwood chips in the Asian markets.

12:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:30pm

South Africa: Outlook for Woodchip Export Supply

South Africa was a pioneer in exporting hardwood woodchips to Japan, with shipments commencing in 1975. In 2017, South Africa was the fourth largest supplier of hardwood chips to the Asian markets, including about 1.7 million BDMT of eucalyptus and wattle chips. This presentation will provide details on the two companies currently exporting woodchips from South Africa, as well as providing insight on future woodchip export supply.

2:00pm

Moderator

Panelists

Panel Discussion: Latin America Woodchip Supply

Representatives from woodchip exporting companies in several Latin American countries (Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina) have been invited to discuss the current situation and outlook for export woodchip supply from their respective countries.

2:40pm

Moderator

Panelists

Neal Ewald

Senior Vice President

Green Diamond Resource Company

Tony Mee

President

Great Northern Timber

Panel Discussion: North America Woodchip Supply

Representatives from woodchip exporting companies in the USA and Canada have been invited to discuss the current situation and outlook for export woodchip supply from their respective countries, to both the Asian and European woodchip markets

3:10pm

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

3:40pm

Moderator

Bob Flynn

Director, International Timber

RISI

Panelists

David Evans

Director Marketing

New Forests Timber Products Pty Ltd.

Panel Discussion: Oceania Woodchip, Softwood and Hardwood

Representatives from Australian woodchip exporting companies Midway and New Forests and from the New Zealand-based DANA Ltd will discuss the current situation and outlook for hardwood and softwood chip exports from Australia and New Zealand.

4:20pm

Panelists

Panel Discussion: Southeast Asia Woodchip Supply

Representatives from woodchip exporting companies in several Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand) have been invited to discuss the current situation and outlook for export woodchip supply from their respective countries.

5:00pm

Close of Day One

6:30pm

Evening Networking Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Day Two

7:45am

Registration

8:45am

Welcome Remarks

9:00am

Yusuf Basturk

Certified Documentary Credit Specialist ( CDCS )

Yildiz Entegre

Turkey: Woodchip Market and Outlook

Yildiz Entegre was the first company to begin large scale imports of woodchips into Turkey. Currently the company is fully integrated in its woodfiber supply chain, including its own woodchip sourcing operations in the ports of Wilmington, Mobile, and Morehead City in the USA; two of its own woodchip carriers which transport woodchips to the company’s six MDF and particleboard factories in Turkey. Yıldız Entegre has facilities also in Slovenia and Romania. In total, Yildiz Entegre has capacity to produce 11,900 m3 of wood panels per day. This presentation will describe the current situation for woodchip imports by all companies in Turkey, and the outlook for future demand.

 

9:35am

Ukraine: Woodchip Market and Outlook

9:50am

Outlook for Biomass Markets in Asia: Focus on Japan and Korea

North-east Asia is quickly emerging as a new engine of growth for the biomass and bioenergy industrie, where Japan, South Korea and potentially China will see a rapid expansion in biomass-fired power and CHP generation over the next decade. This should create a large new market – rivalling that of Europe – for global biomass suppliers.

South Korean and Japanese imports of wood pellets, PKS and energy chips have quadrupled over the past four years to 4.8Mt. Questions remain, however, about the availability of biomass feedstocks at price points that are within the paying capability of the Asian generators.

John Bingham’s presentation will explore these developments, assessing the drivers and their impact on the increasingly tight Asian fibre basket.

 

 

10:30am

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:00am

Moderator

Panelists

Transportation Panel

Freight logistics is one of the most important elements of the international woodchip supply chain. We have asked representatives from several points along that supply chain (port operator, ship broker, and ship owner/operator) to discuss recent changes in the market and key issues which contribute to ensuring efficiency in ship loading and ocean transportation.

11:40am

Wood Fiber Costs for Pulp and Pellet Producers Around the World

In early 2018, wood fiber costs for the world’s pulp manufacturers reached their highest levels in over three years. Strong pulp markets and increased competition for small-diameter logs has resulted in upward price pressures on both wood chips and logs during 2017 and 2018. Overseas traded wood chips to Asia have also risen the past year after having trended downward for almost six years. Will wood fiber prices continue to rise in 2019?

12:10pm

Networking Lunch

1:40pm

Moderator

Bob Flynn

Director, International Timber

RISI

Panelists

Panel Discussion: Improving Woodchip Quality

We have invited representatives from several companies that manufacture woodchipping and handling equipment to discuss recent innovations to improve woodchip quality, which has direct impacts on pulp yield and hence on prices which can be paid for woodchips in the international markets.

2:30pm

Bob Flynn

Director, International Timber

RISI

Outlook for Global Woodchip Markets: Summary and Overview

For the past 25 years, Bob Flynn, RISI’s Director of International Timber, and Dennis Neilson, Director of DANA Ltd, have co-authored an annual report detailing the demand for and supply of woodchips in the international markets. This presentation will summarize our forecast for the Asian woodchip markets in 2022, including the demand for woodchip imports by country and the expected woodchip supply availability by exporting country.

3:00pm

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

3:30pm

New Projects Panel

This panel has proven to be one of the most popular parts of our conference program. We will choose from amongst the registered delegates to pick 8-10 companies who are involved in developing a new woodchip plant, port terminal, or other project that relates to the international woodchip supply chain. Each company will be given exactly 6 minutes to briefly describe their new project or company. Delegates interested in a particular project can then follow-up with the presenting companies after the program. We will try to select a panel of companies which represent both different geographic regions and different parts of the woodchip/biomass supply chain.

Jean Francois Guillon, AfriRen - Cameroon

Luis Enei, Reforestadora del Sinu - Colombia 

Levent Sen, Kastamonu - Turkey

4:45pm

Bob Flynn

Director, International Timber

RISI

Conference Wrap-Up

5:00pm

Close of Conference