Wood Resources International (WRI) was established by Mr. Robert Hagler in 1987 to provide wood fiber cost information and wood fiber market analyses for the global pulp industry. In 1988, Mr. Hagler established the subscription service Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), which tracked wood fiber prices on a global basis. The WRQ initially reported prices for wood chips and pulplogs for 11 key regions around the world and by 2020, the number of regions had expanded to 19 in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. Another addition to the report has been quarterly sawlogs prices for a majority of the lumber-producing countries in the world. Quarterly price information pulpwood and sawlogs goes back to 1988 and 1995, respectively.
In 2003, Mr. Håkan Ekström acquired Wood Resources International LLC, from Mr. Hagler after having been an employee since 1991. Mr. Ekström is a Swedish forester that has worked from the company’s Seattle office for over 30 years. His international experience is extensive, including visitation of more than 25 countries to research forest resource issues and to study forest products industry developments on-site. His passion for nature goes back to growing up in a small town in northern Sweden where his parents introduced him to berry-picking, mushroom-hunting and hot-dog grilling at a very early age. The appreciation of trees and all products available from the forests was further established from the regular visits to the grandparents who lived in a town with both a sawmill and a pulpmill.
Over the 30 years in the WRI, Mr. Ekstrom has had the opportunity to conduct consulting assignments for companies and organization in over 25 countries, speak at conferences in 15 countries, and expanded the WRQ subscription base to readers in over 30 countries.