Woodex for Africa

WoodEX for Africa is Africa's only expo focusing exclusively on the timber industry and creates a platform for woodworking professionals to connect with specialised dealers, catch up with the latest timber trends, secure new business contacts and compare excellent deals.

2014 Photo Gallery

Held for the third time in 2014, the event was received with enthusiasm by the timber trade, with exhibitors reporting positive feedback about the quality of visitors, the excellent networking opportunities, market exposure and business conducted. Visitors at the event were specifically impressed with the outstanding quality of the exhibitors' displays and the professional appearance of the show.

WoodEX for Africa is a trade event and prior to the expo this year an intensive visitor promotional campaign was launched aimed at distributing personal invitations to targeted VIP guests, both local and in various African countries. More than 1 000 VIP invitations were sent out, and the response was very positive with many VIP guests from African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe attending the event.

These visitors indicated that they were particularly interested in Wood Materials, Machinery & Veneer Production, Furniture Machinery & Production, Solid Wood Working, Machinery & Production, Timber Construction, Forestry Industry & Forestry Technology, Related Services in the Timber Industry and Industrial Surface & Preservative Treatment Technologies.

It is clear that the global timber industry has embraced WoodEX for Africa and the show has grown annually with increasing support from the industry.


A word from 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)