7 March 2018

Global wood machining brands on show at WoodEX for Africa

Preparations for WoodEX for Africa, the largest timber trade exhibition in Africa, are well under way. With less than five months to go, a number of well-respected global brands have committed to showcasing their latest wood machining and tooling brands at the expo taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

WoodEX for Africa is a niche biennial trade exhibition with a strong focus on the timber industry and offers visitors and exhibitors alike an exclusive business and networking stage to connect and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery industries. Since its inaugural show in 2012, the show has gone from strength to strength and has enjoyed the participation and backing of well-respected international names in wood processing, machinery and tooling.

Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Organiser, remarks, “We’re delighted to once again be playing host to a number of global brands in the sector who recognise the unique and lucrative opportunities inherent in doing business in Africa. A handful of these esteemed exhibitors include: local wood machinery distributor, Newsaw, who will be showcasing a host of imported brands at the show; Polish leader in tooling, FENES S.A., first-time exhibitors at the show, who will be introducing their own range of wood tooling and machinery; FOMA Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. (FOMA), a joint venture between the FX Group, China FOMA and Shanghai FUMA; and Wood-Mizer Africa, respected manufacturer of sawmilling equipment and technology.”

Newsaw

According to Louis du Plessis, Director at Newsaw, “We are excited to be attending WoodEX for Africa again this year and look forward to making an impact at the show with products like Holtec log yards and pallet C-cuts; Vantec sawmilling equipment, biomass equipment, peelers and lamination equipment, reclamation equipment and forklifts; Nardi kilns; Newcoming planers; and Dryzone products. We’ll also be showcasing equipment and machinery from Dieffenbacher and have some special features for our foresters this year; from Vantec on infield chipping and chain-sharpening equipment from Franzen!”

“Visitors and fellow exhibitors can also look forward to become better acquainted with our in-line grader that is locally designed and built by yours truly as well as a Vantec chipper and planer. We represent many more brands and look forward sharing insights and information about these with visitors to our stand,” he adds.

Cutting Tools Factory FENES S.A.

A representative of FENES S.A., who manufacture and supply machinery and cutting tools for wood, comments, “WoodEX for Africa 2018 will be our first and all the products we will have on show are produced under the FENES brand and are all made in our factory in Poland. Machinery on show will include a horizontal band saw sawmill, sharpening and setting machines for band saw blades, band saw blades, circular saw blades, gang saw blades and end mills. We look forward to networking at the show, meeting our existing clients and fostering new relationships with the African trade.”

FOMA Southern Africa

Having commenced trade in August 2017, FOMA will be attending its first ever WoodEX for Africa this year. According to Roddy Payne, General Manager, “The expected traffic of visitors will enable us to showcase our machinery to a wide Southern African audience; showing them the quality and reliability of our machines as well as the competitive nature of our full-value offer.”

“Africa offers great opportunities for growth and development, now and into the future. A growing population and income means that there will be an increasing demand for wood and panel processing equipment for many years into the future,” remarks Payne, who adds, “Thanks to WoodEX for Africa, we will be able to showcase our machines in a working context, by running demonstrations and allowing visitors to interact with the equipment and sales staff in a very encouraging environment.”

Visitors can expect to see an exciting and comprehensive range of edge-banding machines, table saws, beam saws and CNC technology from FOMA Southern Africa. “We will be offering amazing show specials as well as a product interface that is personalized and engaging, and also look forward to showing off some of the newest technology from the China Interzum show of March 2018 – come and be fascinated!”

Wood Mizer Africa

Wood-Mizer Africa is the only sawmilling equipment manufacturer that has exhibited at every WoodEX for Africa show since the inaugural event in 2012.

Its consistency over time and market-leader role in narrow bandsaw and recently also wide bandsaw industrial sawmilling technology, has contributed towards Wood-Mizer Africa’s goal of becoming South Africa and Africa’s timber processing equipment supplier of choice.

This is according to Etienne Nagel, Wood-Mizer Africa’s PR and Marketing Specialist, who adds that, “WoodEX for Africa continues to play an important part in us reaching our customers in Africa. Sawmillers in 30 countries across Africa now have access to our products and services. Profitable sawmilling businesses have resulted from this and lives are changed.”

“WoodEX for Africa aims to offer a high-value niche platform for both exhibitors and visitors looking to learn more about timber products, tooling and machinery available on the market, to access special trade deals and foster lasting ties in the sector,” comments Jooste, concluding, “We are proud to be hosting well-renowned international names at the show as well as newcomers to the market and look forward to producing yet another world class event where exhibitors can build on their past successes and make their mark on Africa’s timber industry.”

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Bookings for the event are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

4 December 2017

Gateway to Africa’s timber trade under one roof

As the largest timber trade exhibition on the continent, WoodEX for Africa is considered the gateway to Africa’s timber trade. From the biggest CNC machines to the smallest screws, from the loggers of the great outdoors to sleek laminated flooring, WoodEX for Africa plays host to the most specialised, yet comprehensive range of equipment, tools, machinery and wood products available on the market.

While WoodEX for Africa’s exhibition is a focused event, its showing has been carefully cultivated over the years to include a wide-ranging representation of products and services.

According to WoodEX for Africa Organiser, Stephan Jooste, “From the start of WoodEX in 2012, the show carried both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas to showcase products optimally, with big names like Wood-Mizer, CMC Woodworking Machinery, WoodTech, Geerlings, Bosch, De Walt and Vermont Sales, among others, proudly taking space at the show.”

“Heavy forestry and wood-processing equipment and machinery are best positioned outdoors, not just for practical reasons, but for exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment and machinery put to the test in its natural environment. The outdoor exhibit has always had a special vibrancy of its own with highlights over the years including exciting portable sawmill demonstrations, three-wheeler testing as well as a chainsaw wood carving competition.”

Indoors at the well-equipped Gallagher Estate in Midrand, WoodEX for Africa showcases large CNC machines, woodworking machinery and equipment, veneering equipment, ply woods, tooling, fixtures and fittings as well as paints and coatings, and industry associations, making the show the most inclusive showcase of timber and related products and services on the continent.

Rounded off with its highly-anticipated Timber Talks, WoodEX for Africa has something on offer for every timber professional looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the trade.

“WoodEX for Africa’s well-rounded offering to both exhibitors and visitors alike makes for a multi-faceted exhibition of the top timber and related products and services available on the market, underpinned by industry expertise and a trade looking to the future,” says Jooste, concluding, “We are delighted to announce that Early Bird bookings for exhibition space at the show are now open and we encourage our exhibitors to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure for their brands.”

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Early Bird bookings for the event are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

11 October 2017

Dates set for WoodEX for Africa 2018

WoodEX for Africa, the largest trade exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade, is gearing up for its milestone fifth instalment taking place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from 11-13 July 2018.

WoodEX for Africa is a timber-focussed trade exhibition hosted biennially and offers a unique business and networking platform to connect, unify and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery markets. As a key event on the timber and timber-related industry’s calendar, WoodEX for Africa has developed a reputation for being a solid, reliable partner in trade that has remained steadfast and resilient through trying times in both the local and global economies.

According to Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Director, “The fourth edition of WoodEX for Africa was very well supported by both local and international exhibitors and visitors alike. Feedback since the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with a strong indication that the exhibitors were particularly satisfied with the quality of visitors, networking opportunities and the sound business leads they sourced at the event. We’ve since received an unprecedented number of inquiries about WoodEX for Africa’s 2018 event from past visitors and exhibitors, which positions us well to host the fifth WoodEX for Africa; a milestone of which we are tremendously proud.”

What to expect at WoodEX for Africa 2018

Building on previous years, WoodEX for Africa 2018 will showcase innovative timber and woodworking products and services, such as woodworking machinery, fixtures and fittings, decking, flooring, structural timber, timber preservatives and treatment, sawmilling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing, and wood material and veneer production.

“This makes WoodEX for Africa the ideal platform for those in – and associated with – the timber industry to connect with one another and other specialised dealers, stay in tune with the latest and greatest in the industry, to secure new business contacts and nurture existing ones, and to access special trade deals,” says Jooste.

At the heart of WoodEX for Africa is the event’s ever-popular Timber Talk programme, which comprises a number of short presentations by industry influencers. These compact sessions make for a dynamic and interactive learning experience for visitors and exhibitors alike, and bring together some of the timber industry’s leading system designers, contractors, manufacturers and thought leaders who address pressing industry issues and hot topics from across the timber world.

WoodEX for Africa’s Timber Talk sessions are free to attend and no bookings are necessary.

A win for exhibitors

With its strategic and targeted marketing activities, WoodEX for Africa aims to host many new visitors and exhibitors at the show. In addition, the 2018 event will offer a host of digital and social media marketing opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to reach a highly-focused market in Africa before, during and after the show.

Particularly popular with the African trade, which makes up 60% of international trade visitors hailing from as far afield as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, WoodEX for Africa is considered South Africa’s gateway to the timber trade in Africa.

“It is clear that WoodEX for Africa has come of age and represents an invaluable targeted marketing platform for the local and international timber trade and woodworking sectors looking to connect and build fruitful relationships,” says Jooste. “As the only exhibition solely dedicated to timber and woodworking machinery on the African continent, WoodEX for Africa has forged itself as the place to connect and inform the timber trade where it matters most. We look forward to making WoodEX for Africa 2018 yet another one for the books,” he concludes.

Bookings for WoodEX for Africa 2018 are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846 / +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About WoodEX for Africa:

WoodEX for Africa is the largest exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade and with the support of strategic industry partners, WoodEX for Africa is hosted biennially and offers a unique business and networking platform to connect, unify and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery markets.

Showcasing innovative timber and woodworking products and services, such as woodworking machinery, fixtures and fittings, decking, flooring, structural timber, timber preservatives and treatment, sawmilling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production, WoodEX for Africa is an ideal platform through which to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest timber trends, secure new business contacts and access special trade deals.

Particularly popular with the African trade, which makes up 60% of international trade visitors hailing from as far afield as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, WoodEX for Africa is considered South Africa’s gateway to the timber trade in Africa.

Being the only exhibition solely dedicated to timber and woodworking machinery on the African continent, WoodEX for Africa has forged itself as the place to connect and inform the timber trade where it matters most.

Feb 2015

Held annually since 2012 WoodEX for Africa has enjoyed tremendous support from the local and international timber industry and the event is now established as Africa's leading industry showcase. With the possibility of partnering with a major international industry exhibition, and to fit in with the global timber industry calendar, WoodEX for Africa will be held bi-annually from 2016.

A BIG THANK YOU to our loyal supporters for helping us to establish and grow WoodEX for Africa the past three years, and for all the positive comments and advice received through difficult times from our media and industry partners. With you behind us the future of WoodEX for Africa is looking bright.

Following WoodEX for Africa 2014, the event received outstanding feedback from its exhibitors and visitors, with exhibitors reporting positive feedback in terms of the quality of visitors, the great networking opportunities, market exposure and business conducted. Visitors indicated that they were specifically impressed with the outstanding quality of the exhibitors' displays and the professional appearance of the event.

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American Softwoods Press Release

Versatile, Sustainable American Softwoods on Show at WOODEX for Africa

American Softwoods (AMSO), a promotional partnership between three major U.S. softwood trade associations, will be exhibiting alongside local timber industry players at this year’s WOODEX for Africa trade expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, from 5-7 June.

The AMSO partnership comprises the export divisions of America’s Southern Forest Products Association, the Softwood Export Council and APA – the Engineered Wood Association. The organisation promotes the use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and works with the global timber industry, providing technical information and assistance to develop the worldwide market for American softwoods.

“We have been looking forward with great anticipation to the WOODEX event,” said AMSO Consultant, Charles Trevor, “It’s the ideal platform for AMSO to broaden its network of South African buyers and enter into deeper discussions with individual buyers about their particular needs and requirements. I believe it will also help to broaden our understanding of the local timber environment, placing us in a better position to contribute meaningfully to this vibrant market.”

25 May 2014

Visit WoodEX for Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand 5 - 7 June 2014

Suppliers, manufacturers and retailers in the timber industry should diarise 5 - 7 June 2014, when the third WoodEX for Africa exhibition will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.

This show, the only trade exhibition in Africa dedicated to the timber industry, creates the ideal platform for wood and woodworking professionals to be on the frontier of the timber industry and to network with key industry players.

WoodEX for Africa Director, Stephan Jooste, says the show is representative of a large part of the South African timber industry and presents a wide range of machinery, tools, fits and finishes, components, equipment, new technology and materials in the timber industry.

18 March 2014

WoodEX for Africa joins forces with Thebe Reed Exhibitions

The organisers of WoodEX for Africa have joined forces with one of the largest and most successful event and venue management companies of its kind in Africa, Thebe Reed Exhibitions, to organise WoodEX for Africa 2014.

Thebe Reed Exhibitions will support WoodEX for Africa, which will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 5 to 7 June 2014, with event management, sourcing of sponsorships, stand sales and marketing.

Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Thebe Reed Exhibitions, says Thebe Reed Exhibitions are excited to form a strategic alliance with the organisers of WoodEX for Africa. "WoodEX for Africa is the only show of its kind in South Africa focusing on the timber industry and Thebe Reed can see the growth potential for this trade exhibition. We look forward to working with WoodEX for Africa to grow the event even further to ensure that it delivers quality visitors and exhibitors for the wood industry."