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Supply, demand, logistics and pricing of pulpwood and biomass will be the focus at the 5th International Woodfibre Resource and Trade Conference in Singapore

Global demand for wood fiber for both pulp manufacturing and renewable energy increased during 2010 and 2011.Worldwide trade of wood chips in 2010 was up 24 percent because of increased production of pulp and paper products worldwide; China showed the greatest growth in chip imports, with an increase over 400 percent in the past two years. Australia continues to be the major wood chip exporter, and shipped 11 percent more in 2010 than 2009.

Consumption and trade of biomass in the form of wood pellets has also gone up dramatically the past few years. In 2010, the estimated global consumption of wood pellets was 13 million tons, a doubling in four years.

These trends raise a number of questions about the future supply, trade and pricing of wood fiber:

How will demand for wood fiber for pulp manufacturing and energy generation develop in China and Japan?

What is the wood supply outlook in Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa?

Which regions in the world have the most competitive wood fiber prices?

What are the latest developments in the supply/demand balance of woody biomass in Europe?

Will newly established energy plantations meet increases in demand for energy wood fiber?

What new woodfiber supply projects globally have recently started up, or are planned?

These questions, among others, will be answered by industry experts at the upcoming 5th International Woodfibre Resource and Trade Conference, which will be held in Singapore on October 30 - November 2, 2011. The conference is organized by DANA Ltd., Pike y Compania, and Wood Resources International LLC. As of June 30th, delegates from 26 countries have registered to attend the conference.

As always, the focus of these International Pulpwood Conferences will be to not only to educate, but to provide unique networking opportunities between wood fiber suppliers, consumers, traders and shipping companies from around the world.

For registration and for more information about this exciting opportunity to meet with participants in the global forest industry and biomass sectors and to hear about the latest developments in international trade of wood fiber please visit the official website, http://www.woodfibreconference.com


Hakan Ekstrom

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Mr. Håkan Ekström is the principal of Wood Resources International LLC, an internationally recognized consulting firm providing forest market analysis and wood price reporting for the forest industry worldwide.  He has, for the past 22 years, worked in various capacities relating to wood products utilization, international forest products marketing and global wood supply. His international experience is extensive, including visitation of more than 20 countries to research forest resource issues and to study forest products industry developments on-site.

He is also the editor of the Wood Resource Quarterly and the North American Wood Fiber Review, two reports tracking wood markets and focus on the global and the North American market, respectively. The reports include information about wood costs, wood supply and trade of wood products in all the major regions of the world.

 Wood Resources International LLC

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