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Wood Input Purchases by Industry


Total Roundwood Purchases 2015-2020
Year'000 tonnes'000 cubic metres

Wood input purchases at 3 million cubic metres in 2020

Figure 1: Roundwood Purchases 2020
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In 2020 the volume of roundwood input purchases by industry was three million cubic metres (see Headline Table and Table 1A). This is a decrease of 3.9% compared with 2019 purchases of 3.1 million cubic metres.

Roundwood purchases from publicly-owned forests made up 69.4% (2.1 million cubic metres) of 2020 purchases with the remainder from privately-owned forests (see Figure 1, Tables 1D and 1E).

Large sawlog accounted for the highest proportion of roundwood purchase volume at approximately 39% in 2020, followed by small sawlog (27%) and pulpwood (27%) (see Figure 2 and Table 3A). Approximately 6% of roundwood purchases were for use as biomass.

In 2020, purchases of non-roundwood products such as woodchip and sawdust totalled 512 thousand tonnes (see Tables 1F and 2F).

Note: The 2019 survey was published in November. Those results have been revised upwards in this release to take account of late returns. The CSO would like to thank all survey respondents. A link to the survey questionnaire is available in the Background Notes.