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Forestry Statistics 2013 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - Larger Mills

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Sawmills were asked to estimate the quantity of other products (excluding sawnwood) that they generated from softwood and sold to different industries. The figures presented below are based on these estimates.

Other softwood products amounted to 3.0 million tonnes in 2012 (Table 2.15). Around two fifths (45%) of other softwood products were sold to wood processing industries in the form of chips and 14% were sold to these industries in other formats (Table 2.18). A further 21% of other products were sold to bio-energy (including pellet manufacturers) and 18% were sold to others.

Table 2.18 Larger mills1, 2012: 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

52

61

45

4

45

     Bark

2

0

0

0

0

     Sawdust & other

15

17

15

0

14

     Total

69

78

60

4

59

Sold to bio-energy
(incl pellet manufacturers)

         

     Wood chips

9 3 17 54 17

     Bark

0 0 0 6 1

     Sawdust & other

1 2 3 19 4

     Total

10 5 20 79 21

Other sales

         

     Wood chips

4 0 3 8 3

     Bark

9 10 10 5 9

     Sawdust & other

7 4 6 4 6

     Total

20 15 18 17 18

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 74% in 2008 to 59% in 2012 (Table 2.18a). Over the same period, the proportions sold to bio-energy and other sales have increased. 

Table 2.18a Larger mills, 2008-2012: 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

2008

74

13

12

1

100

2009

63

18

18

1

100

2010 

57

20

21

2

100

2011 

60

20

19

1

100

2012

59

21

18

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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