The increasing awareness of wood internationally makes WoodEX for Africa hugely relevant as a platform to showcase what wood has to offer. The event has grown annually since being held for the first time in 2012, with positive feedback received from exhibitors and visitors. Following WoodEX for Africa 2014 exhibitors reported positive feedback on the quality of visitors, the great networking opportunities, market exposure and business conducted. Visitors at the event indicated that they were specifically impressed with the outstanding quality of the exhibitors' displays and the professional appearance of the event.

Reports on previous exhibitions

  • “This year’s show saw a great deal of high value attendees. We networked and built relationships with many high value customers. Another thing that was great about this year’s show was the positive way in which the various suppliers in the industry came together to promote their products and services under one roof. Spirits were high and stakeholders seemed confident and motivated in their businesses and the market. Beyond the promotion and sales of products, each supplier seemed to be there with a mission statement in mind, to prove this is who we are, what we are doing and what we take pride in. A great environment indeed.”
    - Cobus JJ Viljoen, Marketing and Sales, GFP Machines

  • “The furniture industry was one of our first markets and has remained our main stay ever since. The response in visitor terms at WoodEX this year was very good, with top quality leads. The show was a lot more professional this year and tastefully laid out. We were pleasantly surprised and will come again next time.”
    - Mike Draper, Head of Sales Operation, Techni Paint

  • “We are very satisfied with the results of WoodEX for Africa 2014. We got good leads and would have taken more space if we could, to display more machines.”
    - Arnold Geerlings, Director, Geerlings

  • “Universal Plywood is recognised as a plywood specialist in South Africa. We had a good show and are very happy. The quality of visitors were very good and we have many leads to follow up. We are still getting calls from show visitors for quotations. We will take the same spot next time.”
    - Brad Andersson, Managing Director, Universal Plywood

  • “WoodEX was generally good this year. Especially Thursday morning was very busy, with good quality visitors that were specific to our business.”
    - Scott Myles, Allwood Technology

  • “The show has been good for us. The quality of visitors was very impressive. We did a big marketing campaign of our own to get our customers here, and they were here! We really enjoyed the show and thought it was good for business.”
    - David Dennis, REM

  • “The show was better than last year, and the timing was much better. We got more industry related visitors than last year. Good leads, lots of foreign visitors, as well as visitors from KZN.”
    - Yunus Bhyat, FX Group

  • “We are looking for quality leads and we have been impressed with the number of quality leads we received at WoodEX. Our six American agents were specifically impressed with the WoodEX staff and the organisation of the event and we are all looking forward to returning next time - to an even bigger show.”
    - Richard Kleiner, American Softwoods

  • “The quality of visitors was 100% and the networking opportunities were very good. It was definitely worth our while to exhibit at this show. We made very good leads - I would think about 20% more leads than we expected.”
    - Dimitri le Grange, Main Hardware - Bosch Agent

  • “We had a lot of interest for our products. Good leads and hopefully good clients. Generally it has been very successful for us.”
    - Milica Jovancic, Rubio Monocoat SA

  • “For us it was awesome (again). We don't always get to visit all the customers we want to see and those are the ones that attend shows. So - it has been great for us. Thanks to the organisers.”
    - George McPhail, Planetary Consultants Group for IMA

  • “Perfect. The show has been everything we were looking for in terms of our timber business. We made a lot of good contacts and got great business ideas.”
    - Kagiso Motsumi, Woodom, Botswana (Visitor)