The Future of Pulp and Paper Investments in the Pacific Northwest

Forest2Market Blog
May 17, 2023
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States, US West

Within the last five years, over a billion dollars have been invested in various projects in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Some of these recent investments include: Roseburg’s plan to upgrade and expand its manufacturing operations in Southern Oregon; Drax’s investment in a 450kt new-build pellet plant in Longview; and North Pacific Paper’s expanded Longview facility. Does this mean the PNW is a profitable area for pulp and paper investments? The reality is actually quite the opposite for many. …Timber supplies in the PNW remain stressed due to lack of harvesting on federal lands. …Log exports in the region have also decreased significantly. …As a result of all these combined factors, we’re seeing a tightening of supply for logs and fibers. Consequently, there have been multiple pulp mill closures in the area. …The PNW isn’t all doom and gloom. There are two major factors that appeal.

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