26, 27 and 28 March 2012
2nd Latin America Forest Industry Conference Breaking Paradigms

Breaking Paradigms:

How can Latin America’s Forestry Industry continue to innovate and address new challenges?

The Forest Industry in Latin America grew rapidly over the past four decades as it developed its technological knowledge base that provided high yields per hectare and consequently a large competitive advantage of low-cost/high-quality wood fiber. In turn, these immense resource advantages were combined with large-scale investment in modern conversion facilities that were among the world leaders in the pulp, paper, packaging, lumber and wood based panel industries. These facilities were largely concentrated in Brazil & Chile, but notable investments are also to be found in Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela among others.

Many financial analysts mistakenly attribute the competitiveness of the forest industry in Latin America solely to the fact of being located in the southern hemisphere under favorable climatic and soil conditions. Any such analysis is too simplistic! Otherwise many other countries located under the same conditions of climate and soil would have enjoyed similar forest industry developments and the establishment of a thriving manufacturing sector. Clearly, political, legal and investment conditions also have to be favorable to take advantage of such positive geographical and climatic conditions.

Looking forward, how can Latin America further grow its forest industry base (perhaps in countries such as Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, etc.?), but also sustain its competitive advantage in its traditional base in Brazil & Chile? A favorable economic environment may take primacy in any assessment of the future, but to be a leader, the forest industry in Latin America must mold and not simply work within existing paradigms if it is to remain a leader (and not simply become a follower). Further developments in genetically improved plantation stock will be key to maintaining a low-cost supply of wood fiber. In turn, this development will support a globally competitive pulp, paper and wood products industry capable of supplying increasingly wealthy citizens of Latin America with the forest based products to meet a middle-class life-style (paper, building materials and furniture).

Along with other sectors of the global economy, sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to increase worldwide production of forest products will be needed to meet rising demand from emerging countries. Latin America is ideally placed to help meet a significant portion of this growing world market. But will this growing demand be met in a sustainable manner if new technologies and products are not first developed?

Complicating the outlook further is the fact that demand for wood fiber has grown not only in traditional industries (Pulp, Paper, Packaging Board and Wood Products), but also for biomass for charcoal, wood pellets, and directly for power generation. Are these biomass products the best economic and environmental use of wood fiber? Will the future growth of the global forest industry a generation from now largely be based on these “new” sectors? If so, how will the forest industry meet all the new markets and continue to supply traditional end-uses? What has to “give” to balance demand and supply?

The 2nd LATIN AMERICA FOREST INDUSTRY CONFERENCE (LATINA) will explore these and many other challenges faced by the Latin American Forest Industry. Our location in the same comfortable environment as the first LATINA conference – the Hotel Transamerica, São Paulo – will be highly conducive to networking and discussion.

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, as well as 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 as well as the opportunities presented within Latin America.

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