Global production of wood products in 2016 totalled 467 million m3 of sawnwood, 415 million m3 of woodbased panels and 409 million tonnes of paper & paperboard (Table 9.5).
Europe produced around one third (33%) of all sawnwood in 2016 (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 3% between 2015 and 2016, driven by increases in most regions.
Wood-based panels were more commonly produced in Asia, accounting for around three fifths (62%) of global production in 2016. Around one fifth (20%) were produced in Europe (mainly EU countries) and 12% in North & Central America. At a global level, wood-based panel production increased by 4% between 2015 and 2016, mainly driven by a 5% increase in Asia.
Asia also accounted for almost one half (47%) of paper and paperboard production in 2016, with around one quarter (25%) in Europe and a further 22% in North & Central America. Overall, paper and paperboard production in 2016 was similar to the level in 2015.
Table 9.5 Production of wood products by region, 1990-2016
|Sawnwood (million m3)|
|North and Central America||129||146||102||127||132|
|Wood-based panels (million m3)|
|North and Central America||44||62||44||48||49|
|Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)|
|North and Central America||92||111||94||89||88|
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. For further information see the Sources chapter.
Sources chapter: International Forestry