American Softwoods Press Release

Versatile, Sustainable American Softwoods on Show at WOODEX for Africa

American Softwoods (AMSO), a promotional partnership between three major U.S. softwood trade associations, will be exhibiting alongside local timber industry players at this year’s WOODEX for Africa trade expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, from 5-7 June.

The AMSO partnership comprises the export divisions of America’s Southern Forest Products Association, the Softwood Export Council and APA – the Engineered Wood Association. The organisation promotes the use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and works with the global timber industry, providing technical information and assistance to develop the worldwide market for American softwoods.

“We have been looking forward with great anticipation to the WOODEX event,” said AMSO Consultant, Charles Trevor, “It’s the ideal platform for AMSO to broaden its network of South African buyers and enter into deeper discussions with individual buyers about their particular needs and requirements. I believe it will also help to broaden our understanding of the local timber environment, placing us in a better position to contribute meaningfully to this vibrant market.”

27 September 2013

Bookings for WoodEX for Africa 2014 now open

Bookings for exhibition space at WoodEX for Africa 2014, the biggest event in Africa focusing exclusively on the timber industry, are now open. The event will be held from 5 to 7 June 2014 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.

Now in its third year, the event showcases 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.

For WoodEX for Africa 2014, special attention will be placed on expanding the show’s exhibition areas for machinery, tooling, kitchen and furniture manufacturers and accessories fittings & decor materials.

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.”

20 March 2013

Timber Games to thrill crowds at WoodEX for Africa

South Africa’s most skilled chainsaw operators and talented wood carvers are sharpening their blades for the timber games scheduled to take place at WoodEX for Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre on Saturday, 23 March 2013.

Stephan Jooste, Director of WoodEX for Africa, says this competition will most definitely be a highlight and crowd puller at WoodEX. “Although chainsaw racing is an established sport around the world it is still in its infancy in South Africa. We are delighted that the South African Loggers Association (SALA) has decided to host a competition during WoodEX and we thank our sponsors, Wood-Mizer Africa and Hin-Tech, for making this competition possible. It is a privilege to see these craftsmen at work.”

14 March 2013

Timber iQ Celebrates its first anniversary at WoodEX for Africa 2013

Timber iQ, a glossy local title that has won the hearts of timber and other related industry professionals and consumers in South Africa, celebrates its first anniversary at WoodEX for Africa this year.

Launched to a great reception in March of 2012, Timber iQ’s frequency has increased from quarterly to bimonthly and the publication is well supported by the industry at large. From saplings and sawmilling to timber homes and objets d’art, Timber iQ features every aspect of timber in all its forms and applications.