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The Republik of South Africa´s forest sector

Lönnstedt, Lars (2009). The Republik of South Africa´s forest sector. Uppsala: (S) > Dept. of Forest Products (until 180101), Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Rapport (SLU, Institutionen för skogens produkter) ; 12

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The South African consumption of paper and paperboard in 2006 was about 2.5 million tons. The total production was 2.9 million tons. (Sweden’s was 12 million tons.) Production of “Other paper and paperboard” was domi-nating (1.8 million tons), other than “Printing and writing paper” and “Newsprint”. The total export of paper and paperboard was almost 1 million tons. (Export of paper and paperboard from Sweden was 10.8 million tons.) The South African consumption of sawn wood was about 2.5 million m3. The total production was about 2.1 million m3. (Sweden’s was about 17.8 million m3.) Total export was almost 1 million m3. (The Swedish’ was 13.2 million m3.) The forest resources consist of three main types: Plantations, indigenous/natural forests and woodlands/savannas. Plantations cover almost 1.3 million ha of South Africa and are one of the largest planted forests in the world. Indigenous forests cover approximately 0.5 million ha. Savannas contribute the bulk of the wooded land area. Depending on how woodlands are classified the area ranges between 29 and 46 million ha. The round wood production was about 30 million m3 solid volume excl. bark, compared with Sweden’s 62 million m3. About one third of this volume is coming from plantations. The industrial use is about 60% (18 million m3) for South Africa and 90% (56 million m3) for Sweden. The rest is used as fuel wood and charcoal. The conifer share of the industrial wood is for South Africa 30% and for Sweden 95%. One advantage for the forest products industry is the well-managed plantations with quickly maturing trees. However, there is a limit for how much land that is suitable for plantations. Another restriction regarding plantation is water supply. The land restitution causes uncertainty about the short term availability of round wood. Thus, supply of wood raw material put an upper limit for the industry’s possibility to expand. Another restriction is electricity supply. Further more, there is a shortage of skilled workers. The sawmilling industry does not show the success story of the pulp and paper industry. Of course the development of the country itself is most important for the development of the forest sector

Authors/Creators:Lönnstedt, Lars
Title:The Republik of South Africa´s forest sector
Series Name/Journal:Rapport (SLU, Institutionen för skogens produkter)
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:38
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forest product industry, pulp and paper industry, south africa
Keywords:pulp and paper, sawmills, plantations, consumption, production, export, forest products, round wood
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ID Code:14092
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Products (until 180101)
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Deposited On:28 Apr 2017 10:33
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