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Forestry Statistics 2017 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - All Mills

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A total of 169 sawmills processed UK roundwood in 2016 (Table 2.8). Most mills (83%) produced less than 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood) during the year.

Over the past ten years, the number of active sawmills has reduced by 18%. Most of this decrease has occurred in the smallest size categories.

Table 2.8 Number of sawmills by size of mill, 2007-2016

Year

Size of mill (total production)1

  Total

 

  < 1

1 - < 5

5 - < 10

10 - < 25

25 - < 50

50- < 100

 100+

 

2007

82 54 17 20 12 12  8 205

2008

76 54 17 20 11 12  7 197

2009

79 50 14 23 10 11  8 195

2010

73 52 13 24 8 10  9 189

2011

70 51 13 23 9 7  12 185

2012

69 49 14 19 11 8  11 181

2013

67 46 14 17 13 6  13 176

2014

69 41 14 17 13 8  12 174

2015

66 42 16 17 12 6 12 171

2016

62 42 16 20 6 10 13 169

Source: Sawmill Survey

Notes:

1. Categories are based on total sawnwood production (softwood and hardwood), in thousand m3.

Data: Longer time series of the above table are available from the Data Downloads web page.

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