27 March 2013

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.”

A highlight during WoodEX this year was the Timber Talk seminars by industry leaders, which were received positively by potential and established members of the timber industry. The Timber Games held on the last day of WoodEX was also a favourite on the programme and thrilled spectators. The winners of these games were David Bithrey from Stihl (Wood Carving), Shaun Tosen from Stihl (Speed Cutting Standard Class and Speed Cutting Open Mods) and Bronson Gunter from Husqvarna (Speed Cutting Small Mods).

Jooste says they are very grateful for the support of the main event sponsor, PG Bison, who believes in WoodEX as an excellent marketing platform for the timber industry, as well as Wood-Mizer and Hin-Tech for their support of the Timber Games. “I would also like to thank all the industry associations, our media partners, exhibitors, Timber Talk speakers and visitors for their input and support. We have taken all the feedback to heart and will use this information to improve on the event next year. One of the suggestions we received from a number of industry leaders was that the event should be held later in the year, and we have taken this suggestion to heart in selecting the dates for next year.”

The date for WoodEX for Africa 2014 is from Thursday, 5 June to Saturday, 7 June 2014.