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Number of sawmills by size

A total of 171 sawmills processed UK roundwood in 2015 (Table 2.8). Around three quarters (73%) of sawmills produced less than 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood) during the year.

Over the past ten years, there has been a reduction in the number of mills producing less than 25 thousand m3 sawnwood, while the number of mills has increased in the largest size category.

Table 2.8 Number of sawmills by size of mill, 2006-2015
Year Size of mill (total production)1 Total
< 1 1 – < 5 5 – < 10 10 – < 25 25 – < 50 50- < 100 100+
2006 84 59 19 21 10 13 7 213
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

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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