Forestry Statistics 2012 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - Larger Mills

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Other products (excluding sawnwood) from softwood amounted to 2.9 million tonnes in 2011 (Table 2.15). Around two fifths (43%) of these other products were sold to wood processing industries in the form of chips and 16% were sold to these industries as bark or in other formats (Table 2.18). A further 20% of other products were sold to bio-energy (including pellet manufacturers) and 19% were sold to others.

Table 2.18 Larger mills1, 2011: other softwood products

Destination and type of product2

England

 Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

          UK

per cent of total other softwood products

Sold to wood processing industries

 

 

 

 

 

     Wood chips

53

64

41

10

43

     Bark

5

4

1

0

2

     Sawdust & other

20

21

13

0

14

     Total

78

89

55

10

60

Sold to bio-energy
(incl pellet manufacturers)

         

     Wood chips

10 2 15 48 16

     Bark

0 0 1 5 1

     Sawdust & other

1 0 3 19 4

     Total

10 2 18 72 20

Other sales

         

     Wood chips

4 0 8 9 6

     Bark

5 4 8 5 7

     Sawdust & other

3 2 9 4 6

     Total

12 7 25 18 19

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. The table does not show internal use for heat/ energy and sales of firewood which together account for around 1% of other softwood products.

 

The proportion of other products that were sold to wood processing industries has declined from 81% in 2007 to 60% in 2011 (Table 2.18a). Over the same period, the proportions sold to bio-energy and other sales have increased. 

Table 2.18a Larger mills, 2007-2011: other softwood products
Year

Destination

Total

 Sold to wood
processing industries

Sold to bio-energy
(incl pellet manufacturers)

Other sales

Other2

 

per cent of total other softwood products

2007

81

8

11

0

100

2008

74

13

12

1

100

2009

63

18

18

1

100

2010 

57

20

21

2

100

2011 

60

20

19

1

100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Other includes internal use for heat / energy, sales of firewood and (for 2007 to 2010) other products disposed of as waste.

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