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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Employment & Businesses

Establishments in the primary wood processing industries

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Table 7.4 shows the number of primary wood processors, according to the sampling frames used for Forestry Commission surveys of establishments using UK timber.

The figures in Table 7.4 do not correspond with the VAT and PAYE registration information given in Table 7.5. The figures here count establishments (sites) rather than businesses and include those that do not need to register for VAT or PAYE. They also have a different basis for classification, so some businesses that are excluded from Table 7.5 because of their VAT/PAYE classification are included in this table (typically businesses where primary wood processing is a small part of their total activity), and some businesses included in Table 7.5 are excluded here (usually because they do not use UK-grown timber).

The number of establishments in the primary wood processing industries using UK-grown roundwood has reduced from 290 in 2007 to 228 in 2016, a 21% decrease.

Table 7.4 Number of establishments in the primary wood processing industries using UK-grown roundwood

Year

Sawmills

Pulp &
paper mills

Wood-based
panel mills

Round fencing
manufacturers

     Total1

2007

205 2 8 75 290

2008

197 2 8 67 274

2009

 195 2 8 68 273

2010

189 2 7 65 263

2011

185 2 7 64 258

2012

181 2 7 61 251

2013

176 2 6 61 245

2014

174 2 6 57 239

2015

171 2 6 51 230

2016

169 2 6 51 228

Source: industry surveys, industry associations

Notes:

1. A single mill may be recorded twice, as a sawmill and a round fencing manufacturer.

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