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Consumption of softwood by size of mill

Despite accounting for only 16% of all sawmills (see Table 2.8), those with total annual sawnwood production of 25 thousand cubic metres or more accounted for 85% of the total softwood consumed by sawmills in 2017 (Table 2.11).

Table 2.11 Consumption of softwood by size of mill, 2008-2017

Year Size of Mill (total production)1       Total
  <1 1 – <5 5 – <10 10 – <25 25 – <50 50 – <100 100+  
thousand green tonnes
2008 31 215 172 599 660 1548 1881 5107
2009 35 201 145 664 670 1323 2253 5291
2010 35 194 147 744 537 1373 2689 5719
2011 32 188 148 685 615 830 3486 5984
2012 33 185 175 539 738 1133 3395 6198
2013 36 185 169 578 702 777 4085 6532
2014 36 167 156 588 731 1090 4117 6884
2015 31 168 196 553 795 801 3805 6350
2016 29 155 191 588 372 1117 4270 6720
2017 29 170 164 671 339 1352 4122 6848

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 at: www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/data-downloads/.

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Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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