Finnish roundwood consumption up 4% in 2016

Finland consumed 67.4 million cubic metres of roundwood in 2016, up four per cent compared to a year earlier and seven per cent above the average over the previous five-year period. Consumption of forestry by-products such as sawmill chips and dust amounted to 9.3 million cubic metres, according to the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Imported roundwood remained the same at 8.5 million cubic metres. However roundwood consumption increased over the previous year in both the wood-products industries and pulp industries. The chemical pulp industry consumed the highest quantity of roundwood, 31.7 million cubic metres (+5% YoY). Domestic roundwood used by the chemical pulp industry was 24.5 million cubic metres, the highest on record so far.

Sawmills also increased consumption of roundwood, up six per cent to 25.4 million cubic metres. Pine pulpwood and spruce logs accounted for the highest amount, reaching 16.3 million cubic metres and 14.1 million cubic metres) respectively.

South Karelia, Kymenlaakso and Lapland were the highest-consuming regions.