The performance of Irish timber processors since the economic crash has been remarkable considering the collapse of the construction industry, the sector’s main market. Despite the crash and recent uncertainty due to Brexit, all of the 11 main sawmills and wood-based panel mills are not only still in business but have managed to increase export market share.

According to the 2017 Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA) overview, the forest products sector exports 75% of its production output, mainly to the UK.