Over the past two decades the South American forest sector has developed rapidly and has become one of the major centers for the global forest industry. This development has been led largely by companies in Chile and Brazil, but activity has spread quickly to other countries, such as Uruguay.

Through much of this period, the pulp and paper and the various wood products industries have treated their respective sectors in relative isolation. This approach has become increasingly irrelevant, and perhaps even dangerously short-sighted, as the industry has grown ever more complex and inter-related. The overlapping circles of fiber procurement plus the complementary nature of different production processes make an integrated overview of the whole industry ever more important to assessing risks and opportunities in individual forest industries. This has become an even more urgent concern for traditional industrial end-users of wood fiber as biomass demand (for wood pellets and energy generation) ramps up, threatening the cost structure and the competitive position of pulp and wood panel producers.

At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, the strategies of the past may well prove inappropriate for the future and need to be reconsidered. The plantation resource is being competed for not only by traditional producers of forest products (pulp and paper, MDF and MDP, lumber and plywood), but also by new industries looking to use wood to generate power, and to provide ethanol and bio-fuels. The reality is that wood chips can be converted into a multitude of products (pulp, woodbased panels, energy, etc) and that the best use of that raw material may not be the products currently being manufactured.

The conference is organized in the belief that pulp, paper and wood producers, their suppliers and investors all need to understand the integrated nature of the multiple sectors of the forest industry. It is no longer possible to be focused on just one sector; developments in other parts of the forest industry have the potential to significantly impact on your business. A successful manager or investor needs to understand the implications of these wider developments.

Given the need to look at the Forest Industry as a whole, rather than just at its component sectors, we are pleased to offer the 1st LATIN AMERICA FOREST INDUSTRY CONFERENCE (LATINA).

This ground-breaking conference will not only present information and analysis on the prospects facing the Forest Industry in Brazil and the other Southern Cone countries, but untypically bring together in one event producers of pulp, paper and wood products. The goal of this conference is to allow owners, managers and investors to better understand the dynamic inter-relationship between the forest sectors, to hear how problems are being handled and to hopefully learn from each other’s experience. The process of cross-fertilization will be enabled by the selection of a comfortable central location in Brazil’s business hub of São Paulo where busy managers and professionals can gather for two days to examine issues, discuss challenges and explore opportunities. 


Who should attend?

The conference provides an important and valuable forum for discussion and networking for forestry specialists, and for production, marketing, sales and strategic professionals in all sections of the forest industry.

Suppliers to the industry, importers and exporters, merchants, printers and publishers, financial analysts, the investment community, members of the environmental movement, shipping and logistical companies will all benefit from this unique opportunity to better understand forest industry developments and the opportunities presented.