China’s growing role as a customer and competitor for North America’s forest products will be explored at a conference in Boston, on October 24-26.

The 19th RSI North American Forest Products Conference will address topics including China’s impact on fibre demand, transport and trade, capacity and what these developments mean for US and Canadian producers.

Howard Finkel, senior vice-president for transport company COSCO North America, will talk about transport and shipping issues with China, while president of Forest One Inc Shailu Verma will discuss the country’s fibre resources and timber plantations. Economic analyst RISI will provide a two-year forecast for demand, supply, profitability, investment and trade in each sector of the market.

The conference attracts more than 200 people each year, many from the world’s largest forest product companies, as well as major end users, suppliers and investors.