The great variety of uses and the diversity of operations involved in producing wood products and getting them to market, provides one of the most wide-ranging and complex supply chains of any industry.
From the responsible harvesting of timber, to the sawmill, wood processor or importer, then to the distributor, merchant or retail outlet, or to the manufacturer or joiner and, ultimately, to the final user, the timber supply chain (including forestry) comprises a vast number of operations. Valued by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) at over £7.6 billion, places the wood industries and forestry in fifth place in the list of over 120 major industries in the UK. TTF members fulfill all the links in this wood supply chain. Click here for more details.
The starting point for measuring the timber industry in the United Kingdom is traditionally at the point of entry to the supply chain. This is usually where sawn timber and wood products are supplied by sawmills, panel manufacturers and importers to the distribution and manufacturing stages of the supply chain. At this early stage of the timber supply chain, consumption of timber and panels was valued at a little over £2.4 billion with volumes reaching approximately 17.1 million m3.