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Forestry Statistics 2016 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - All Mills

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In 2015, sawmills in the UK consumed a total of 6.3 million green tonnes of softwood, an 8% decrease from 2014 (Table 2.7). A further 0.1 million green tonnes of hardwood were consumed by UK sawmills in 2015. Most of the logs, 6.2 million green tonnes softwood and 0.1 million green tonnes hardwood, were UK grown.

A total of 3.5 million cubic metres of sawnwood was produced in the UK in 2015, a 7% decrease from 2014.

For softwood, there was a significant drop in roundwood consumption and sawnwood production between 2007 and 2008, following the start of the financial crisis. Sawnwood imports also decreased at this time (see table 3.4). Since then the levels of softwood consumption and sawn softwood production in the UK have recovered and, since 2011, exceed the previous peak in 2007 (although imports remain at a lower level).

In addition to producing sawnwood, sawmills also generate other products. Further information on other products produced by larger mills are provided in Tables 2.18 and 2.18a.

Table 2.7 Consumption and production by UK sawmills, 2006-2015

Year

Softwood

Hardwood

consumption: thousand green tonnes, production: thousand m3 sawnwood

 

Consumption of

Production

Consumption of

Production

 

UK  grown

Imported

 Total

 

UK  grown

Imported

 Total

 

2006

5 210 266 5 476 2 859 64 22 85 45

2007

5 565 263 5 828 3 079 66 19 85 44

2008

4 933 174 5 107 2 755 66 20 86 44

2009 

5 133 158 5 291 2 809 76 19 95 48

2010

5 616 103 5 719 3 053 75 19 94 48

2011

5 859 125 5 984 3 227 81 20 100 52

2012

6 073 124 6 198 3 361 75 17 93 48

2013

6 407 126 6 532 3 536 74 13 88 46

2014

6 725 159 6 884 3 716 77 14 91 47

2015

6 166 182 6 347 3 449 73 14 86 44

Source: Sawmill Survey

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