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Other softwood products

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 2015 (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 22% of other products were sold to bio-energy (including pellet manufacturers) and 18% were sold to others.

Table 2.18 Larger mills1, 2015: 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 52 60 44 0 44
Bark 0 0 1 0 0
Sawdust & other 13 18 16 0 14
Total 65 78 61 0 59
Sold to bio-energy
(incl pellet manufacturers)
Wood chips 14 3 14 53 16
Bark 1 0 0 4 1
Sawdust & other 2 3 6 21 6
Total 17 6 19 78 22
Other sales
Wood chips 3 0 5 13 5
Bark 8 8 9 6 8
Sawdust & other 7 5 4 2 5
Total 17 14 18 22 18

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 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 1% 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, 2011-2015: 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
2011 60 20 19 1 100
2012 59 21 18 1 100
2013 61 21 17 2 100
2014 57 23 18 2 100
2015 59 22 18 1 100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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

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