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The 19th International Forestry Forum (SPIFF-2017)

This year, event was attended by 456 delegates and 77 speakers from Russia,  USA, Canada, China, Japan, Austria, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia. 30 regions of Russia were represented among the Forum’s participants. As always, the event’s target audiences included industry experts, entrepreneurs, politicians, researchers, and forestry professionals. The Forum’s information support was provided by over 35 industry-specific and business media outlets.

Among the participants of the St. Petersburg Forestry Forum were: Kohlbach Energieanlagen GmbH; Springer Maschinenfabrik GmbH; Russian Timber Group; SC «Company group «Vologodskiye lesopromyshlenniki»;  HQ SVEZA; PDK “Apsheronsk”; Rusforest; Novoyeniseiskiy Wood Chemical Complex" (ZAO); Inzenskiy DOZ; Hasslaherles; Mondi SLPK; RFP Group; BNBMG Group Forest Products;Metsa Group; Mayr-Melnhof Holz; Stora Enso; International Paper; IKEA Industry Tikhvin LLC; Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill and many others.

During 2 working days participants discussed the most pressing issues of the forestry industry in Russia:

  • Development strategy of Forestry Industrial Complex of Russia 2030
  • Global collaboration and cooperation in the Forestry Industrial Complex
  • Wooden housing construction – driver of the Forestry Industrial Complex of Russia
  • Intensive Forestry in Russia: Today and Tomorrow
  • The role of Russian producers in the world sector of birch plywood
  • Lumber: Forest Law Requirements
  • Bioenergy and biotechnology in the forestry complex
  • Problems of timber supply while the implementation of the Forest Strategy 2030 and possible solutions

“This year Forum has traditionally brought together the industry’s most active and competent experts. We did our best to organise a comfortable area for having discussions and developing efficient solutions”

 Igor Kirsanov, CEO of the RESTEC® Exhibition Company, said in his welcoming speech to participants.

The conference about global cooperation in the forestry complex was, again, a matter of great interest for all experts, who were excited to discuss the forestry markets of the United States, Europe, China, and Japan: guest speakers presented their market analysis and explained to the forum guests what opportunities and benefits could potentially arise out of collaborating with Russian companies. Speakers:

Russ Taylor, President, International WOOD MARKETS Group, Vancouver BC Canada Sun Xiaobing, Division Chief, Department of Planning and Finance of the State Forestry

Administration of China

Li Jiafeng, Vice President & Secretary General, China Timber

Maria Vasilkova, Vice President of marketing, Segezha Group

Dmitry Tolpygo, Head of the Financial Services Committee, Russian– Asian Union of industrialists and entrepreneurs and Wood Products Distribution Association

Petteri Pihlajamaki, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy

Pavel Starkov, Sales Director, LLC «Mayr – Melnhof Holz Efimovskij»

Amir Rashad, MAROSEF

International Conference Partner: China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association

Overall, the Forum’s two-day program included 4 round tables and 3 themed conferences, which allowed the participants to discuss a broad range of topics in addition to the ones mentioned above: wooden housing construction as a driver of the Russia’s forestry industrial complex; the role of Russian manufacturers in the global production of birch plywood; legislation on sawn timber; new forestry methods; and finally, the use of bioenergy and biotechnology in the forestry complex.

According to delegates’ and speakers’ reviews, the Forum has, once again, reaffirmed its reputation as one of the Russian forestry’s most efficient business platforms.  Most of the participants are already making plans to attend the next year’s forum.

The preliminary dates of the next St. Petersburg International Forestry Forum: 26 - 27 of September, 2018

Organizer - RESTEC Exhibition Company

Official Partner - Novoyeniseiskiy Wood Chemical Complex" (ZAO)

Official Support: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Russia, Federal Agency for Forestry (Rosleskhoz), RAO «BUMPROM», WWF-Russia, Wood Housing Association, Association of Furniture and Woodworking Enterprises of Russia, Russian Bioenergy Association (ENBIO), China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association

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