Pine Plantation Investments for Resin and Timber

Assesses the investment potential in pine plantations for timber and oleoresin production, and details major developments in key pine oleoresin producing countries.


Pine Plantation Investment

Included in the study:

  • Background on the global pine chemicals business
  • Country summaries for regions with high production activity of both pine oleoresin and tall oil
  • History of price trends for crude resin, gum rosin, turpentine and tall oil
  • Background on the global pine chemicals business
  • Country summaries for regions with high production activity of both pine oleoresin and tall oil
  • Details of the global pine plantation resource base, focused on key species for resin production, area of plantations by country, major owners and trends in plantation area
  • Review of silviculture and tree breeding factors that can improve the economics of planting pine for production of resin and timber
  • Analysis of returns for pine plantation investment in China and Brazil, and discussion of the best investment opportunities in this type of combined resin + timber plantation
  • Understand which countries are the biggest producers of pine oleoresin, and changing developments in major producing regions like China.

The pine chemicals industry is a multi-billion-dollar sector, utilizing both oleoresin from tapping pine trees and tall oil from softwood kraft production. China has historically dominated the global markets for products produced from pine oleoresin (e.g. gum rosin), but this has changed in recent years. The nation once accounted for more than 70% of global exports of gum rosin. However, lack of replanting, overly aggressive pine tree tapping for resin, and increased labor costs have greatly reduced the nation’s role in this market. This has opened the door for new producers to seize market share for gum rosin and other pine oleoresin derived products. Countries like Brazil, which has much faster tree growth, have taken advantage of China’s weakened foothold by developing new plantation investment projects aimed at this sector.

Global investments in new forest plantations have focused on fast-growing hardwood plantations over the past 15 years . But there is a growing interest in developing new pine plantations for production of both timber and oleoresin. This is because the IRR on greenfield pine plantations aimed at production of both oleoresin and timber can be more than 4% higher than for timber-only plantations . And by selecting for pine trees with higher resin yields, investors in Brazil (and elsewhere) hope to improve these financial returns even more.

A New Assessment of Pine Plantation Investment Potential

Pine Plantation Investments for Resin and Timber combines RISI’s timberland investment analysis with new market intelligence on the markets for pine oleoresin derived products. This study assesses key regions that have potential for investment with identification of major pine plantation areas and forest owners in Latin America, the United States, China, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Africa.

This is the only study available that combines 3 key factors to help you get the most insight out of this market:

  1. Analysis on pine resin/gum rosin markets
  2. Extensive details on pine plantation resources around the world
  3. Economic analysis of investing in plantations for production of timber and resin

Who will benefit from this service?

Timberland Investors and Pine Plantation Owners

  • Gain a market overview of the pine chemicals sector and understand trade trends for key products
  • Understand which countries are the biggest producers of pine oleoresin, and changing developments in major producing regions like China
  • Identify areas with the best potential for pine oleoresin production growth
  • Understand the economics of pine plantations for resin plus timber, and identify the best countries for investment in this market

Pulp Producers and Pine Chemical Companies

  • Assess the global competitive environment for production of pine oleoresin derived products
  • Locate pine plantations around the world with identification of larger landowners and breakdown of ownership and pine species in key countries
  • Understand where new pine plantations for rosin production are being developed
  • Understand where future production and processing will expand or contract, based on the pine resource availability
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