Global production of wood products in 2015 totalled 454 million m3 of sawnwood, 401 million m3 of woodbased panels and 407 million tonnes of paper & paperboard (Table 9.5).
Europe produced around one third (33%) of all sawnwood in 2015 (mainly in EU countries), with around one quarter (28%) produced in North & Central America and a further quarter (28%) in Asia. Overall, sawnwood production increased by 21% between 2010 and 2015, mainly driven by a 47% increase in Asia.
Wood-based panels were more commonly produced in Asia, accounting for around three fifths (61%) of global production in 2015. Around one fifth (21%) were produced in Europe (mainly EU countries) and 12% in North & Central America. At a global level, wood-based panel production increased by 39% between 2010 and 2015, mainly driven by a 65% increase in Asia.
Asia also accounted for almost one half (47%) of paper and paperboard production in 2015, with around one quarter (26%) in Europe and a further 22% in North & Central America. Overall, paper and paperboard production increased by 4% between 2010 and 2015.
Table 9.5 Production of wood products by region, 1990-2015
|Sawnwood (million m3)|
|North and Central America||129||134||146||162||102||127|
|Wood-based panels (million m3)|
|North and Central America||44||47||62||64||44||48|
|Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)|
|North and Central America||92||108||111||108||94||89|
1. Cyprus is included in EU-28 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.
These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics