According to the August 2018 study conducted by FRM entitled "FAC-2030: a strategic vision and the industrialisation of Central Africa's timber sector through 2030", it appears that:
- Gabon is a significant Congo Basin log producer, accounting for 23% of the region's production, behind Cameroon 44% and Congo 24%.
- The ban on log exports has caused national production to fall from 3 million m³ in the early 2000s to 1.5/1.6 million m³ currently.
Industrial production in Gabon is very clearly dominated by sawn timber (accounting for over 70% of production) but Gabon stands out from the other countries of the Sub-Region thanks to its relatively significant production of plywood/veneers (Gabon is a top 5 world exporter of tropical timber veneers).
The number of timber processing units has increased from 82 plants in 2009 to 162 plants in 2017/2018, or 80 plants implanted during the last 8 years. This trend has continued with the installation of additional processing units, bringing the total number to 197 units in 2020 with 70 units installed in the Nkok Special Economic Zone (SEZ). (Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) - Years 2015 to 2017, DGF cited in the August 2018 FRMi study). It should be noted that timber processing units with Asian capital have increased the most, at the expense of processing units with European capital.
The industrial players producing the largest volumes of processed timber in Gabon: in addition to the Rougier Group, two companies, CORA WOOD and PWG-CEB, each produce over 65,000 m³ of processed timber per year (2017 data).
The other main timber processors have volumes of around 20,000 m³ per year. Industrial timber production increased from 600,000 m³ in 2007 to almost 800,000 m³ in 2016, an increase of almost 35%.