18 February 2013

All set for WoodEX for Africa

Final preparations are underway for WoodEX for Africa, which will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, from 21 – 23 March 2013. With local and international exhibitors and visitors in attendance this event will definitely be a highlight on the timber trade agenda for the year.

Stephan Jooste, Director of WoodEX, says the event’s visitor promotional campaign is rolling out with advertisements and articles in a variety of industry publications. These advertisements will soon be followed by a radio campaign, street posters and newspaper advertisements. “We are very grateful for the support from our project sponsors, the industry associations, our media partners and our exhibitors. WoodEX is the ideal platform for wood and woodworking professionals to be on the frontier of the timber industry and to network, and we look forward to an excellent event this year.”

Highlights at WoodEX for Africa 2013 include Timber Talks, a number of short seminars which will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience to visitors at the event; Timber Games – a thrilling competition during which South Africa’s most skilled chainsaw operators and wood carvers will showcase their skill in speed cutting and carving competitions, as well as demonstrations by celebrated DIY guru and television personality Riaan Garforth-Venter, better known as ‘Die Nutsman’.

With WoodEX fast approaching, most of the exhibition space has already been booked and exhibitors interested in still securing a stand should do so urgently. The WoodEX for Africa exhibition will feature exhibitors showcasing 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.

A word from our sponsors

Justin Berry

Executive Director PG Bison

“PG Bison’s own success is inextricably linked to the growth & development of the industry in which it operates and we are therefore very proud to partner with WoodEX for Africa. As the leading manufacturer and primary upgrader of timber related products it makes perfect sense for us to become involved in WoodEX – the leading timber trade show in South Africa - as WoodEX creates an excellent marketing and networking opportunity for the timber trade to meet potential clients operating in this large market. We are very excited about our WoodEX partnership and we look forward to seeing the event grow to one of the leading timber events in the world.”


Jean-Jacques Oelofse

Wood-Mizer Africa & South Africa’s Regional Manager / Managing Director

“Wood-Mizer is proud to be associated again with WoodEX for Africa 2013, its presence at the expo as both an exhibitor and also as one of the main arena sponsors informed by its view that WoodEX is South Africa’s premier timber event, the occasion serving as a key opportunity for a cross-sectoral review of the latest services, products, innovations and thinking that has relevancy and bearing on the timber industry’s current and future direction. This, plus the successes achieved by Wood-Mizer during the 2012 has prioritised its presence at the 2013 event. We look forward to meeting both existing and new customers at WoodEX 2013 with the event and our presences there spurring and improving sawmilling activity locally and on the continent for the benefit of all”.


Karl Hinteregger

Owner, Hin-Tech

“Hin-Tech is proud to be supporting the Timber Games at WoodEX for Africa. We see WoodEX for Africa as an excellent platform for the development and exposure of this unique sport and we are excited to be associated with these games. Just as Hin-Tech takes pride in building strong, reliable machines, we are honoured to be able to give something back to the industry and to support South Africa’s most skilled chainsaw operators and wood carvers.”