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 info@woodexforafrica.com.