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Production of sawn softwood by size of mill

UK sawmills produced a total of 3.7 million cubic metres of sawn softwood in 2017, a 3% increase from the 2016 figure (Table 2.13).

Sawmills with total annual sawnwood production of 25 thousand cubic metres or more accounted for 85% of the total sawn softwood produced by sawmills in 2017.

Table 2.13 Production of sawn 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 cubic metres        
2008 18 126 94 315 369 797 1037 2755
2009 20 118 79 352 376 677 1187 2809
2010 20 113 79 395 304 693 1450 3053
2011 18 110 81 374 335 443 1867 3227
2012 18 108 90 314 393 564 1874 3361
2013 20 108 88 337 379 404 2200 3536
2014 20 98 81 332 398 563 2224 3716
2015 18 98 106 296 466 422 2045 3451
2016 17 90 101 338 186 597 2296 3624
2017 17 97 86 374 178 647 2328 3728

Source: Sawmill Survey

Notes:

1. Categories are based on total sawnwood production (softwood and hardwood), in thousand cubic metres.

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/.

Additional resources

Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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