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Forestry Statistics 2017 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood-based panels

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Table 2.22 and Figure 2.4 show the inputs to mills that produce wood-based panels in the UK. The mills used a total of 3.9 million tonnes of material in 2016, unchanged from 2015. The inputs in 2016 comprised 1.2 million green tonnes of roundwood (32%), 1.7 million green tonnes of sawmill products (45%) and 0.8 million tonnes of recycled wood fibre (22%).

Table 2.22 Inputs to wood-based panel mills, 2007-2016

Year

UK roundwood1 Sawmill products Imports2 Total

 

Soft wood

Hard wood

Soft wood

Hard wood

Soft wood

Hard wood

Soft wood

Hard wood

Recycled wood fibre3,4

thousand green tonnes

2007

1 362 5 1 940 0 2 0 3 304 5 1 230

2008

1 219 2 1 591 0 0 0 2 810 2 1 119

2009

1 135 1 1 435 0 0 0 2 570 1 1 065

2010

1 375 1 1 631 0 7 1 3 013 2 1 120

2011

1 417 1 1 779 0 0 0 3 196 1 952

2012

1 269 2 1 851 0 0 0 3 120 2 909

2013

1 263 0 1 709 0 0 0 2 972 0 853

2014

1 283 0 1 809 0 0 0 3 092 0 812

2015

1 334 0 1 687 0 12 5 3 033 5 852

2016

1 248 0 1 749 0 10 29 3 007 29 838

Source: Wood Panel Industries Federation

Notes:

1. UK roundwood derived from stemwood.

2. Imports include roundwood, wood products and products from imported wood.

3. Recycled wood fibre is wood fibre recovered from both pre- and post-consumer wood waste for use in woodbased panel production. It comprises wood originally grown in the UK and wood originally grown in forests outside the UK.

4. Quantities are as delivered, with an assumed average moisture content of 25%.  To convert to green tonnes (assuming moisture content of 52%), multiply by 1.56.

Figure 2.4 Inputs to wood-based panel mills

Figure 2.4 Inputs to wood-based panel mills

Note:

1. Recycled wood fibre data not available before 1999.

Source: Wood Panel Industries Federation

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