Forestry Statistics 2008 - Employment & Businesses

Establishments in the primary wood processing industries

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Table 6.6 shows the number of primary wood processors, according to the sampling frames used for Forestry Commission surveys of establishments using UK timber. The figures in Table 6.6 do not correspond with the VAT registration information given in Table 6.7. They count establishments (sites) rather than businesses and include those that do not need to register for VAT. They also have a different basis for classification, so some businesses that are excluded from Table 6.7 because of their VAT classification are included in this table (typically businesses where primary wood processing is a small part of their total activity), and some businesses included in Table 6.7 are excluded here (usually because they do not use UK-grown timber).

Table 6.6 Number of establishments in the primary wood processing industries using UK-grown roundwood

Year

  Sawmills

Pulp &
paper mills

Woodbased
panel mills

Round fencing
manufacturers

           Total1

1998

341

4

11

108

464

1999

319

4

10

97

430

2000

297

4

10

93

404

2001

271

4

10

87

372

2002

24941075338

2003

2403870321

2004

2253871307

2005

2153870296

2006

2152872297

2007

2112877298

Source: industry surveys, industry associations

Notes:

1. A single mill may be recorded twice, as a sawmill and a round fencing manufacturer.

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