BYLINE: DAVID BIEDERMAN
New sources and new products change the game
It's a mixed bag for the forest product industry in the Gulf. The housing crunch continues to drive down construction-related imports. However, its impact has been muted by rising import volumes of wood pulp and paper, burgeoning exports, strong global demand for paper goods and increased interest in renewable energy sources.
The uncertain economy and global production shifts - Pricewaterhouse Coopers projects that by 2011 five of the world's top 10 pulp producers will be based in South America - are driving ports and carriers to realign cargo strategies and explore new kinds of …