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.”