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Forestry Statistics 2017 - 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 3.1 million tonnes in 2016 (Table 2.15). Over two fifths (44%) 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 19% were sold to others.

Table 2.18 Larger mills1, 2016: 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

55

61

43

0

44

     Bark

0

0

0

0

0

     Sawdust & other

15

23

15

0

14

     Total

70

85

58

0

58

Sold to bio-energy
(incl pellet manufacturers)

         

     Wood chips

6 1 14 56 15

     Bark

0 0 1 5 1

     Sawdust & other

0 0 6 21 6

     Total

6 1 21 81 21

Other sales

         

     Wood chips

8 0 6 11 6

     Bark

8 9 9 6 8

     Sawdust & other

6 3 4 1 4

     Total

22 12 19 18 19

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. The table does not show internal use for heat/energy, sales of firewood and other products disposed of as waste, which together accounted for around 2% of other softwood products.

 

The proportions of other products that were sold to different industries have changed little over the last five years (Table 2.18a).

Table 2.18a Larger mills1, 2012-2016: 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

2012

61

21

17

1

100

2013

62

21

16

2

100

2014

59

22

17

3

100

2015

60

21

17

2

100

2016

58

21

19

2

100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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

Links to Forestry Statistics 2017