Data on the pulp and paper sector are obtained from two sources:
- UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) provides figures on inputs to the integrated pulp and paper mills and
- Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) provides figures on pulp and paper production.
Integrated pulp and paper mills are paper mills that use UK roundwood to produce pulp, which is an intermediate product in the production of paper. Inputs for other paper mills are not covered.
The data collected on inputs cover the type of input (roundwood, sawmill products), the type of wood (softwood, hardwood) and, for UK roundwood inputs, the country of origin (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).
Production data covers wood pulp (mechanical or semi-chemical), recovered fibre pulp and paper & paperboard. Paper & paperboard production are available for the following categories: graphic papers (newsprint, uncoated mechanical, uncoated woodfree, coated papers), sanitary & household papers, packaging materials (case materials, folding boxboard, wrapping papers, other papers mainly for packaging) and other paper & paperboard. Data are also collected on UK "production" of waste paper, which is the amount recovered from the UK for re-use in the UK or for export.
The data on inputs to integrated pulp & paper mills are collected by the UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) from all such mills in the UK. The number of integrated pulp and paper mills has fallen over recent years and currently stands at 2.
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) collects production and raw material data from members and non-members, which accounts for the majority of UK production. The remainder is estimated by CPI using a variety of sources.
The statistics on pulp and paper are not normally revised after publication. On occasion, a provisional figure or estimate may be published, and replaced by the actual figure in a subsequent publication.
Statistics reported for each year on inputs are limited to integrated pulp & paper mills. A breakdown by country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) is only available for the source of UK roundwood used by the integrated pulp & paper mills. Figures for production are available at a total UK level only.