Industry Information

The timber industry is an integral part of the New Zealand economy.

It provides around 10,000 jobs with many of these located in provincial areas where they are needed the most.

Annually New Zealand sawmills produce approximately 4 million cubic metres of timber per annum and uses 7.5 million tonnes of logs in the process.

Around half of this production (2 million m³) is exported to markets in all corners of the world.

The largest export markets are China, Australia and the US however New Zealand timber has a strong presence throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific.

The revenues from export are up to $1 billion each year.

New Zealand timber is an outstanding construction material with unrivalled environmental credential. It is used in a large number of other areas including furniture manufacture, industrial applications and packaging.

New Zealand timber comes from renewable plantation forests that are managed on a sustainable basis with the main species being Radiata Pine and Douglas Fir.

The New Zealand timber industry operates under best international practice with continual investment in new technologies that continue to improve productivity and quality.

In addition to timber, New Zealand sawmillers produce woodchip which is used to produce pulp and paper and reconstituted boards.

This is why New Zealand has the reputation as one of the best timber producers in the world.