Data on the pulp and paper sector are obtained from two sources:
- UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) provides figures on inputs to the integrated pulp and paper mills and
- Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) provides figures on total UK pulp and paper production.
Integrated pulp and paper mills are paper mills that use UK roundwood to produce pulp, which is an intermediate product in the production of paper. Inputs for other paper mills are not covered. The figures for production cover all UK paper mills.
The data collected on inputs cover the type of input (roundwood, sawmill products) and the type of wood (softwood, hardwood).
Production data covers wood pulp (mechanical or semi-chemical), recovered fibre pulp and paper & paperboard. Paper & paperboard production are available for the following categories: graphic papers, sanitary & household papers, packaging materials and other paper & paperboard. Data are also collected on UK "production" of waste paper, which is the amount recovered from the UK for re-use in the UK or for export.
In 2008, total employment at integrated pulp and paper mills was also requested, to complement the data being collected on this topic from other primary wood processors.
The data on inputs to integrated pulp and paper mills are collected by the UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) from all such mills in the UK. The number of integrated pulp and paper mills has fallen over recent years and currently stands at 2.
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) collects production and raw material data from members and non-members, which accounts for the majority of UK production. The remainder is estimated by CPI using a variety of sources.
The statistics on pulp and paper are not normally revised after publication. On occasion, a provisional figure or estimate may be published, and replaced by the actual figure in a subsequent publication.
Statistics reported for each year on inputs are limited to integrated pulp and paper mills. Figures are available at a total UK level only.