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Softwood consumption and production

Total softwood consumption by the 28 sawmills covered by the detailed sawmill survey in 2018 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 2.8 million tonnes.

Sawmills in Scotland accounted for over one half (52%) of all softwood consumption by larger mills. A further 29% was consumed by mills in England, 9% in Wales and the remaining 10% in Northern Ireland.

Table 2.15 Larger mills1, 2018: softwood consumption and production

  England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
Number of mills 10 2 14 2 28
Consumption
(thousand green tonnes)
1682 520 3024 596 5821
Sawnwood production
(thousand m3)
934 239 1656 328 3157
Other products
(thousand tonnes)
621 275 1672 255 2823

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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