Forestry Statistics 2011 - International Forestry

Production of wood products

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Global production of wood products in 2009 totalled 362 million m3 of sawnwood, 260 million m3 of woodbased panels and 377 million tonnes of paper & paperboard.

Europe produced around one third of all sawnwood in 2009 (mainly in EU countries), with a further 27% produced in North and Central America and around one quarter in Asia.  Overall, sawnwood production decreased by 8% between 2008 and 2009, with most of this decline taking place in North and Central America (a decrease of 17%) and in Europe (a decrease of 8%).

Woodbased panels were more commonly produced in Asia (around one half of global production), with around one fifth produced in the EU and 16% in North and Central America.  At a global level, woodbased panel production decreased by 1% between 2008 and 2009, with reductions in most regions more than offsetting an 11% increase in Asia.

Asia also accounted for around two fifths of paper and paperboard production, with around one quarter in North and Central America and a further quarter in the EU.

Table 9.5 Production of wood products by region, 1990-2009

Region

1990

1995

20002005

2008

2009

Sawnwood (million m3)

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

2

2

3 3

3

3

     EU-271

81

82

100 108

99

92

     Total Europe

149 118 130 142 132 122

  Africa

8 8 8 9 8 8

  Asia

105

97

62 78

88

89

  North and Central America

129 134 146 162 119 99

  Oceania

6 7 8 9 10 9

  South America

25 27 31 37 37 36

  World

422

391

385 437

395

362

Woodbased panels (million m3)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

2 3 3 3 3 3

     EU-271

36 40 53 63 62 57

     Total Europe

48 46 61 75 77 70

  Africa

2 2 2 2 3 3

  Asia

27 44 49 94 116 128

  North and Central America

44 47 61 63 48 41

  Oceania

2 2 3 4 4 4

  South America

4 6 9 13 15 15

  World

126 147 185 252 264 260

Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

5 6 7 6 5 4

     EU-271

63 73 90 98 98 89

     Total Europe

73 82 100 111 111 102

  Africa

3 3 3 4 4 4

  Asia

57 77 94 122 157 161

  North and Central America

92 108 111 108 101 91

  Oceania

3 3 4 4 4 4

  South America

8 9 10 14 14 15

  World

235 282 323 363 392 377

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-27 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

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