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 Jooste on +27 (0)21 851 5159 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.

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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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.”

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.

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."

Bookings for WoodEX for Africa 2014 now open

Bookings for exhibition space at WoodEX for Africa 2014, the biggest event in Africa focusing exclusively on the timber industry, are now open. The event will be held from 5 to 7 June 2014 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.

Now in its third year, the event showcases innovative timber and woodworking products and services such as woodworking machinery, decking, flooring, structured timber, timber treating, saw milling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production.

For WoodEX for Africa 2014, special attention will be placed on expanding the show’s exhibition areas for machinery, tooling, kitchen and furniture manufacturers and accessories fittings & decor materials.

Bright future for WoodEX for Africa

The second edition of the timber trade exhibition, WoodEX for Africa, which was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand last week, was well supported by exhibitors and visitors despite the event being held over a long weekend.

Stephan Jooste, Director of WoodEX for Africa, says although there was a slight decrease of ten per cent on visitors numbers compared to last year, the exhibitors were very happy about the quality of visitors, the great networking opportunities and market exposure. “The time is obviously right in the market for a show like this and many of our exhibitors reported healthy sales, especially as far as woodworking machinery is concerned. It is clear that South Africa is becoming more aware of the value of wood as a sustainable, renewable and versatile product and that the European trends in the wood industry are slowly making a local impact. The increasing awareness of wood locally makes WoodEX for Africa so much more relevant as a platform to showcase what wood has to offer – from the raw material to the finished product.”