Wood From Finland Conference 2020 will be held at  Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 13 February 2020.



WFFC2020 Opening words


Preliminary program


Hotel booking


Prices and registration

Welcome to Helsinki

The global sawn softwood trade is experiencing major challenges in the midst deteriorating global growth, natural disasters resulting in oversupply of defected logs, protectionism and increasing political tensions. However, the fundamentals of softwood demand are still sound. Increasing population and climate change mitigation are promoting the consumption of wood coming from sustainable sources.

Finland is the fourth largest softwood exporter in the world. Despite of our long traditions within the forest industries, our forests have more wood and they grow faster than ever. The forest industries are, again, the backbone of the Finnish economy.

How does the new Finnish Parliament see the future of the forest industries? How do the activities related to climate change mitigation affect the Finnish Sawmills? Will Finnish Sawmills lean on Asia also in the future?

Welcome to the 18th Wood from Finland Conference on the 13th of February 2020 to hear the latest outlook and views of the trade and enjoy the international relaxed atmosphere in Helsinki.

Kai Merivuori, Managing Director
Finnish Sawmills Association

Program 13.2.2020



Tommi Sneck, Director, Sawn Timber Industry, Koskisen Oy; Chairman of Finnish Sawmills Association

Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Climate Change and Wood Products
Markku Ollikainen, Professor, Chairman of the Finnish Climate Change Panel

Sawmills’ Raw Material Outlook
Paula Horne, Research Director Pellervo Economic Research PTT

The Environment program of Finnish Sawmills
Anniina Kostilainen, Public Relations Manager

10.45 BREAK

Economic Outlook
Tuuli Koivu, Chief Economist Nordea

Trade and education: Nordic Timber – Grading Rules, eSaha and Timber Academy 2020
Mika Lehmonen, Sales Manager, Koskisen Oy
Esa Mikkonen, Course Director, Lahti University of Applied Sciences

12.00 LUNCH, Restaurant Paasi



Overview and Outlook of Finnish Sawmill Industries
Kai Merivuori, Managing Director, Finnish Sawmills

Global softwood trade Outlook
Thorsten Leicht, Pöyry Management Consulting

14.00 COFFEE, Restaurant Paasi

Sawn Softwood Market Outlook / Japan
Kimihiro Yazawa, Managing Director, Polus-Tec Helsinki Ltd

Sawn Softwood Market Outlook / China
Anna Ni, Business Finland / Wood From Finland

Russian Sawmill Industry Update
Alexander Aleksin, Head of Sawn Timber Sales, Company Group VLP

Discussion and conclusions

16.00 End of the seminar

18.00 DRINKS, Entrance Hall

18.30 DINNER, Congress Hall


Visitors 2019

Event of the year

Wood from Finland conference has become an interesting, annual event in Helsinki. It tells a lot about how important international trade is to the participants and Finland in general.

Year 2019 event was sold out so make sure you’ll not miss out 2020 conference. Sign up today!


(358) 20 779 0960

Stay at Scandic Paasi

Hotel Scandic Paasi is located at the same building as the conference is held.
Scandic Paasi
Terms and discount
Paasitorni Congress guests are entitled of -7% discount from Scandic Paasi’s Flex rate

  • you get the discount whenever there is availability at the hotel
  • for up to 9 rooms, when company does not have corporate agreement with Scandic hotels
  • reservation can be changed and cancelled up until 6pm on the arrival day
  • rate includes buffet breakfast, wireless internet and the use of hotel gym
  • entitles to Scandic Friends benefits and collect loyalty points as usual

Room reservations with customer number D000029097

Booking options
1) ·         Go to www.scandichotels.com

  •  choose the hotel, date and room category
  •  write to Special requests field to which event you are attending to at Paasitorni

2) Directly from the hotel (details below)
3) From Scandic central reservation and customer service tel +358 (0) 200 818 00

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be delighted to help!

Scandic Paasi Paasivuorenkatu 5 B, 00530 Helsinki, Finland. Tel +358 (0)9 2311 700 / paasi@scandichotels.com
Internet:Hotel Scandic Paasi


“Excellent forum to discuss key market and industry issues.” RUSS TAYLOR, FEA CANADA

An event you can’t skip, a lot of new contacts and great info!HEIKKI NUORANNE, MULTIA SAWMILL

“An excellent chance for international networking” ESA MIKKONEN, POLAR TIMBER & LAHTI UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES


Sign up!

Sign up today to ensure your participation at Wood From Finland Conference. Registration ends January 31st, 2020.



Agents, Importers and Buyers 170€ + VAT 24%
Members of Finnish Sawmills 220€ + VAT 24%
Other 270€ + VAT 24%

Registration ends January 31st, 2020.


+358 20 779 0960