Sunday, November 20, 2016

World Wide Wood Production

In 1998, the worldwide production of "round-wood", was about 1,500,000,000 cubic metres, amounting to around 45% of the wood cultivated in the world.

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:
  1. Soviet Union (approximately 8,800,000 km²), 
  2. Brazil (5,150,000 km²), 
  3. Canada (4,400,000 km²), 
  4. United States (3,000,000 km²), 
  5. Indonesia (1,200,000 km²) and 
  6. Democratic Republic of Congo (1,000,000 km²). 
Other countries with important production and consumption of wood usually have a low density of population in relation to their territorial extension, here we can include countries as Argentina, Chile, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine.

Source: Wikipedia

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