Cut logs and branches destined to become elements for building construction accounted for approximately 55% of the world's industrial wood production.
25% became wood pulp (including wood powder and truccioli) mainly destined for the production of paper and paperboard, and approximately 20% became panels in plywood and valuable wood for furniture's and objects of common use (FAO 1998).
The World's largest producer and consumer of officially accounted wood is the United States, although the country that possesses the greatest area of forest is Russia.
In the 1970's, the countries with the largest forest area were:
- Soviet Union (approximately 8,800,000 km²),
- Brazil (5,150,000 km²),
- Canada (4,400,000 km²),
- United States (3,000,000 km²),
- Indonesia (1,200,000 km²) and
- Democratic Republic of Congo (1,000,000 km²).