Strategic and Financial Analysis for the Forest Product Industry

Starts:  Dec 8, 2020 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Dec 10, 2020 5:00 PM (ET)

Workshop Overview

TAPPI, The Paper Science and Engineering School, and The Business School at North Carolina State University bring to you the re-designed strategic and financial online workshop for the pulp and paper industry. This three-day workshop will give you basic and sophisticated tools to analyze and evaluate the effect of capital investment in your operations,  global dynamics affecting the pulp and paper industry, evaluate business operations (profitability, cost absorption), estimate financial outcomes (investment return) and support decision-making across the whole pulp and paper operation.

Our tailored online course will immediately develop your skills in business and financial analysis, taking your performance to the next level.

Who Should Attend

The Strategic and Financial Analysis Workshop is appropriate for technical and non-technical individuals in the pulp & paper, forest product, and related industries with a desire to evaluate processes, services, and research ideas. This workshop will help you to market your ideas, products, and services utilizing the financial language used by decision-makers in the industry (controllers, directors, mill managers, and vice-presidents).

This workshop is especially beneficial for:

  • Managers at pulp and paper mills and business units responsible for strategic planning.
  • Managers in forest product conversion facilities.
  • Engineering consultants who provide strategic studies to pulp and paper mill clients.
  • Sales and service personnel who want to sell their ideas to customers and upper-level management.
  • Managers who want to understand the financial outcomes of process improvements and capital investments.
  • Research and development engineers and scientists looking to estimate the potential financial impact of their research.
  • Engineers who are new to the pulp, paper, and related industries.

Workshop participants do not need a business or financial background

Learning Outcomes

After this workshop, participants should be able to:


  • Build a complete financial analysis from scratch
  • Perform cash flow valuation
  • Perform capital budgeting analysis
  • Understand investment rules
  • Be familiar with financial indicators: net present value, internal rate of return, EBITDA, payback, ROI, ROCE


  • Benchmark your business against world-class operations
  • Understand  business and operational dynamics affecting the pulp and paper industry (worldwide)
  • Understand cost analysis, profit planning and exposure to volume/price risks: categorizing costs to make better decisions, determining break-even levels of quantity, price, and cost
  • Overview of global strategy and current state of the pulp and paper industry
  • The economics and cost structure of tissue mills
  • The economics and cost structure of recycled paperboard mills
  • The economics and cost structure of pulp mill operations


TAPPI will award 3.7 continuing education units (CEUs) to participants who attend at least 80% of the education sessions and complete a final program evaluation. The Education Department of TAPPI meets the Criteria for Certification established by the Authorized Provider Commission of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1620 I Street NW, Washington DC 20006.


Shannon Warchalowsky

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