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Softwood consumption and production

Total softwood consumption by the 27 sawmills covered by the detailed sawmill survey in 2017 was 5.8 million green tonnes (Table 2.15).  Sawn softwood production by these mills was 3.2 million m3 and other softwood products (chips, bark, sawdust, etc) amounted to 3.0 million tonnes.

Sawmills in Scotland accounted for over one half (52%) of all softwood consumption by larger mills. A further 30% was consumed by mills in England, 10% in Wales and the remaining 9% in Northern Ireland.

Table 2.15 Larger mills1, 2017: softwood consumption and production

  England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
Number of mills 10 2 13 2 27
Consumption
(thousand green tonnes)
1723 554 2995 541 5813
Sawnwood production
(thousand m3)
950 245 1655 304 3154
Other products
(thousand tonnes)
670 288 1710 306 2973

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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