Total plywood production in 2016 rose seven per cent to 177.56 million cubic metres, valued at 367.5 billion yuan. The figure accounts for 60 per cent of total wood-based panel output.
Of the total, 163.82 million cubic metres were plain plywood, 7.34 million cubic metres were laminated or wood/bamboo composite plywood and 6.4 million cubic metres was bamboo.
The output from mills in Shandong province was the largest and rose six per cent to 51.57 million cubic metres in 2016.
Output in almost all provinces increased in 2016. Production in Hebei, Fujian, Jiangsu and Hunan provinces grew dramatically by 38 per cent, 35 per cent, 23 per cent and 16 per cent respectively. However, the output of Guangdong alone fell four per cent in 2016.