Ghana’s plywood production and marketing trends (1961 - 1978)

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The dissertation attempts to bring out some statistics on the plywood industry since 1961. Plywood industry first established in late forties, the number of operating mills at end of 1980 was nine. The, total log consumption by the plywood industry for the period 1961 - 1978 was 1650 thousand cubic metres including primary and secondary species. The major primary species are, Sapele, Mahoany, Edinam, etc. all included in 14 banned species. The total ‘plywood output for the same period was 624,800 cubic metros giving a recovery rate of 36 per cent. The statistical relation between log input and plywood output is given as: Y = 6.47 + 0.36X, whore Y is output of plywood and X log input. The co-efficient of X agrees with the recovery rate of 36 per cent. The projected local demand of plywood in 1992 is 109,514 cubic metres, resulting in overall projected output of 163,453 cubic metres. To achieve this projected output may require 66 per cent increase in existing number of plants. The plywood is characterized by two distinct markets, the local and export market. The export market started declining from 1976.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Science in Wood Technology and Management, 1981