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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 Forest Research 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 273 in 2009 to 213 in 2018, a 22% 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
2009 195 2 8 68 273
2010 188 2 7 64 261
2011 184 2 7 63 256
2012 180 2 7 60 249
2013 175 2 6 60 243
2014 173 2 6 56 237
2015 171 2 6 50 229
2016 167 2 6 50 225
2017 164 2 6 50 222
2018 157 2 6 48 213

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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