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Issue date: 
March 16, 2010

Chile earthquake boosts pulp prices

The Feb. 27 Chilean earthquake did enough damage to that country's forest products industry to spark global shortages that are pushing prices higher in Canada.

Issue date: 
March 9

Chile quake may cut forestry pulp exports 15 pct-report

SANTIAGO, March 9 (Reuters) - Chile's key forestry sector may see exports fall by around 15 percent this year after a giant earthquake destroyed processing plants, an industry executive told the daily Diario Financiero.

Issue date: 
March 2, 2010

Chilean earthquake could cause pulp supply crisis and escalating prices

The Chilean earthquake and resultant reduction in pulp supply comes at a time when pulp markets are already very tight with Chinese customers on allocation. The immediate impact is likely to be higher pulp prices leading to higher paper prices. NBSK pulp prices are already at US$890/tonne.

Issue date: 
Feb. 24, 2010

PULP Hedging: Give it a try


Issue date: 
January 9, 2010

US-Black Liquor subsidies are history - what's now?

The huge black-liquor subsidy of pulp mills expired last week, but that isn’t stopping the U.S. forest-products industry from tapping taxpayers' money in other ways.

Son of Black Liquor: A $50 Billion Loophole for the U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry

For the second time in a year, the U.S. pulp and paper industry has hijacked a multi-billion dollar federal program that was supposed to promote new biofuels.

What's being called Son of Black Liquor dwarfs the original black-liquor loophole that created such a stir in Congress and among Canadian officials earlier this year.

Imports of timber and pulp to China increases

Wood Resource Quarterly has reported that imports of logs, lumber and pulp to China increased substantially in the second quarter of 2009 as the country’s economy grew by almost 8%.

Fibre costs were 53% of the total pulp production costs

The largest cost component when manufacturing wood pulp is the cost of wood fiber. In the 1Q/09, this cost was 53% of the total production cost worldwide. Both the relative and nominal cost of wood have declined the past year; wood fiber costs in the 2Q/09 were at their lowest levels in over two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

Kimberly-Clark commits to use 40% of FSC certified fibre by the end of 2011

OTTAWA - The environmental group Greenpeace has ended its long campaign against Kimberly-Clark after the Kleenex maker agreed to change its forestry practices.

China stimulus plans to push global Pulp&Paper?


LONDON, Jul. 23, 2009 (RISI) - Recent weeks have seen the first signs of a hoped-for trickle down effect on the pulp and paper industry from China's massive economic stimulus package.


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by Dr. Radut