Timber output is set to double in size over next 20 years as demand grows

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, John Murray, Paddy Murray, Deputy Denis Naughten, Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Patrick Murray, during a recent visit to the Murray Timber Plant in Ballygar. Photos: Hany Marzouk.
Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, John Murray, Paddy Murray, Deputy Denis Naughten, Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Patrick Murray, during a recent visit to the Murray Timber Plant in Ballygar. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

ONE of the country’s biggest sawmills – the Murray Timber Group in Ballygar – are predicting major growth in the industry over the coming years.

The Murray Group – who employ 90 people at their Ballygar sawmills – are forecasting that the Irish forestry industry will double in size over the next two decades.

John Murray of the Murray Timber Group – who are this year celebrating four decades in business – said that the forestry industry was now enjoying major capital investment.

“As well as that, the industry is also enjoying market buoyance and substantial growth in wood supply. These three elements will underpin growth for the industry and will see it double in size over the next two decades,” he said.

He added that the link between competitiveness, climate action and sustainability would continue to underpin the growth and prosperity of the timber industry.

“As well as drive economic activity and employment, our forests absorb 3.6 million tonnes of C02 per year, the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of 80% of the cars on Irish roads. Forests and wood products are a vital tool in our efforts to combat climate change.

“We have a natural advantage as we can grow trees twice as fast as some competitors. The Government should support our sector by continuing to invest in the National Forestry Programme and ensure that timber can be delivered to our sawmills,” said John Murray.

The Murray Group are now part of a new national association called Forest Industries Ireland (FII), comprising of representatives from 22 member companies dotted across the country.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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