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Size, Structure and Output of Irish Wood Processing Sector

Table 10.3 shows details on the size and structure of the Irish wood-processing sector in 2008. In 2008, the Census of Industrial Production identified 511 enterprises as being involved in the manufacture of furniture, 316 enterprises involved in the manufacture of wood and wood products and a further 124 in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products.

Of the 15,730 involved in the processing of wood and manufacture of pulp and paper products etc, nearly 40% in the furniture category which includes the production of builders,  carpentry and joinery; over 21% are involved in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; 32% are involved in the manufacture of other wood products and the remaining 7% are involved in sawmilling. Earnings per person employed were highest in the Pulp/Paper sector while the highest GVA per person employed and the highest turnover per person employed was in the sawmilling sector.

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