WoodEX for Africa 2020 promises to be the best yet

Long established as the gateway to Africa’s timber trade, WoodEX for Africa 2020 will be the ultimate machinery, tools and supplies gathering in Africa. An event not to be missed, WoodEX for Africa will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 09 - 11 June 2020, alongside the 2nd edition of the Deck & Flooring Expo and co-located with Africa’s biggest construction expo, African Construction Expo.
A dynamic and lucrative platform in Africa for trade and industry to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest industry trends and innovations, secure new business contacts and compare the best deals in the timber trade, WoodEX for Africa has grown robustly year on year since the inaugural event held in 2012. The event has increasingly enjoyed a strong African visitor profile, making up a substantial percentage of international trade visitors to the expo.
WoodEX for Africa 2018 was the biggest event to date, with almost double the number of brands and exhibitors on show compared to previous years. The event also showcased a notably more diverse offering and enjoyed unprecedented exposure to both visitors and exhibitors from close to 30 different countries. This was in part due to the inclusion of the inaugural edition of the Deck & Flooring Expo, which added significant value for exhibitors and visitors.

Visitors and exhibitors prefer expo over in-house show

In a survey completed by visitors and exhibitors during WoodEX for Africa 2018, an overwhelming 90% of visitors indicated that they found greater value in attending an industry expo with a wide variety of exhibitors on show under one roof, compared to an in-house show, where only a limited few brands are showcased. Furthermore, nearly 100% of survey participants indicated that a focused trade show that attracts local and international visitors and exhibitors, is crucial for the growth of the industry. And this is exactly what WoodEX for Africa offers you – even bigger and better in 2020.

Better Together

WoodEX for Africa and the Deck & Flooring Expo are joining forces with Africa’s biggest construction expo, the African Construction Expo, to present the ultimate industry focused trade expo in Africa in 2020.
Held for the past seven years, the African Construction Expo provides a unique platform to engage with key industry stakeholders and to conduct valuable business.
Sharing space makes perfect sense, and the statistics tell the story. With the Construction Africa Expo’s 44 participating countries, more than 200 leading exhibition brands and more than 7 000 visitors sharing the stage with WoodEX for Africa and the Deck & Flooring Expo’s 30 participating countries, 120 leading exhibition brands and more than 3 000 visitors, the stage is set to seal great business deals, develop networking opportunities and to learn more about the various industries. The aim for 2020 is to attract more than 10 000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. Together the expos offer added exposure for exhibitors and visitors in the various industries - from machinery, tools and equipment, fits and finishes, components, new technology and materials to concrete and cement, surfaces and finishes, digital construction and construction.

Quotes from previous exhibitors:

  • "This year’s show saw a great deal of high value attendees. We networked and built relationships with many high value customers. Another thing that was great about this year’s show was the positive way in which the various suppliers in the industry came together to promote their products and services under one roof. Spirits were high and stakeholders seemed confident and motivated in their businesses and the market. Beyond the promotion and sales of products, each supplier seemed to be there with a mission statement in mind, to prove this is who we are, what we are doing and what we take pride in. A great environment indeed." - Cobus JJ Viljoen, Marketing and Sales, GFP Machines
  • "The furniture industry was one of our first markets and has remained our main stay ever since. The response in visitor terms at WoodEX this year was very good, with top quality leads. The show was a lot more professional this year and tastefully laid out. We were pleasantly surprised and will come again next year." - Mike Draper, Head of Sales Operation, Techni Paint
  • "We are very satisfied with the results of WoodEX for Africa 2014. We got good leads and would have taken more space if we could, to display more machines." - Arnold Geerlings, Director, Geerlings
  • "Universal Plywood is recognised as a plywood specialist in South Africa. We had a good show and are very happy. The quality of visitors were very good and we have many leads to follow up. We are still getting calls from show visitors for quotations. We will take the same spot in 2015." - Brad Andersson, Managing Director, Universal Plywood
  • "WoodEX was generally good this year. Especially Thursday morning was very busy, with good quality visitors that was specific to our business." - Scott Myles, Allwood Technology
  • "The show has been good for us. The quality of visitors was very impressive. We did a big marketing campaign of our own to get our customers here, and they were here! We really enjoyed the show and thought it was good for business." - David Dennis, REM
  • "The show was better than last year, and the timing was much better. We got more industry related visitors than last year. Good leads, lots of foreign visitors, as well as visitors from KZN." - Yunus Bhyat, FX Group
  • "We are looking for quality leads and we have been impressed with the number of quality leads we received at WoodEX. Our six American agents were specifically impressed with the WoodEX staff and the organisation of the event and we are all looking forward to returning next year to an even bigger show." - Richard Kleiner, American Softwoods
  • "The quality of visitors was 100% and the networking opportunities were very good. It was definitely worth our while to exhibit at this show. We made very good leads - I would think more about 20% more leads than we expected." - Dimitri le Grange, Main Hardware - Bosch Agent
  • "We had a lot of interest for our products. Good leads and hopefully good clients. Generally it has been very successful for us." - Milica Jovancic, Rubio Monocoat SA
  • "For us it was awesome (again). We don't always get to visit all the customers we want to see and those are the ones that attend shows. So - it has been great for us. Thanks to the organisers." - George McPhail, Planetary Consultants Group for IMA
  • "Perfect. The show has been everything we were looking for in terms of our timber business. We made a lot of good contacts and got great business ideas." - Kagiso Motsumi, Woodom, Botswana (Visitor)