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Production of wood-based panel products

Total production of wood-based panels in 2018 was 3.1 million m3, a 3% decrease from 2017 (Table 2.23). Over three quarters (76%) of wood-based panel products produced in the UK in 2018 were particleboard (including oriented strand board (OSB)).

The marked decrease between 2011 and 2012 largely results from the closure of a panel mill in 2012.

Table 2.23 Wood-based panel production, 2009-2018

Year Particleboard1 Fibreboard2 Total
thousand m3
2009 2370 660 3030
2010 2594 776 3370
2011 2625 759 3384
2012 2215 788 3003
2013 2276 756 3032
2014 2319 749 3068
2015 2324 756 3080
2016 2349 684 3033
2017 2501 675 3176
2018 2355 724 3079

Source: Wood Panel Industries Federation

Notes:

1. Includes Oriented Strand Board (OSB).

2. Includes Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF).

3.Changes in the mix of materials used and type of product produced can result in apparent discrepancies between the trends for inputs (Table 2.22) and production.

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