BOSTON, May 29 /PRNewswire/ --

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced that in August they will publish a new multi-client study -- The Emerging Biomass Industry: Impact on Woodfiber Markets. This new study will forecast how new and existing biomass projects will affect the supply, demand and prices for wood fiber from all sectors of the forest products industry. The study will provide a review of current and future uses of woodfiber for energy generation and liquid biofuel production, and an outlook on how exchange rates and oil prices will potentially impact demand for energy from wood fiber. In addition the study will provide a forecast of demand for wood pellets and biomass chips from Europe and Japan, and compare the competitiveness of wood fiber against alternative feed stocks such as agriculture residues and new energy crops.

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Rocky Goodnow, study co-author and Senior Timber Economist with RISI, commented, "As everyone in the forest products industry has seen, interest in and demand for information on new and existing biomass projects is at an all time high. This study will provide many of the answers that industry executives are looking for." He continued, "We will be publishing the first edition of the study this coming July, and will then follow that up with annual forecasts beginning in 2009."

The 2008 report has been co-authored by Goodnow, Robert Flynn, RISI's Director of International Timber and Paul Jannke, RISI's Senior Vice President of Wood & Timber Information -- who combined have over 40 years of experience forecasting the North American and International wood products and timber markets.

RISI's The Emerging Biomass Industry study is available for pre-order at a discounted price of US$7,500 now -- to order or for more information, please visit

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston (Bedford), Massachusetts, RISI operates offices in Brussels, Belgium; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Singapore; and Charlottesville, Virginia. More information can be found at .

Contact: Dan Blenk Marketing Manager Wood & Timber Information RISI 4 Alfred Circle, Bedford MA 01730 U.S.A. Tel: +1-781-734-8949 Email:

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