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Establishments in the primary wood processing industries

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 274 in 2008 to 222 in 2017, a 19% 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
2008 197 2 8 67 274
2009 195 2 8 68 273
2010 188 2 7 65 262
2011 184 2 7 64 257
2012 180 2 7 61 250
2013 175 2 6 61 244
2014 173 2 6 57 238
2015 171 2 6 51 230
2016 167 2 6 51 226
2017 164 2 6 50 222

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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