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.

12 March 2013

Diarise the Timber Talks at WoodEX for Africa 2013

With WoodEX for Africa 2013 nearly ready to be rolled out next week, it is time to diarise interesting speakers presenting at the Timber Talks seminar sessions. These 25-minute sessions will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience to visitors at the event and will bring together some of the timber industry’s leading system designers, contractors, product providers and thought leaders who will discuss pressing industry issues and hot topics from across the timber world.

WoodEX for Africa, southern Africa’s leading event for the timber industry, will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 21 – 23 March 2013.

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.”