29 January 2019

WoodEX for Africa, Deck & Flooring Expo 2018: Above and beyond

Long established as the gateway to Africa’s timber trade, WoodEX for Africa’s milestone fifth edition, which took place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, alongside the inaugural Deck & Flooring Expo, was a resounding success for all stakeholders and bodes well for the show’s next instalment coming up in 2020.

A dynamic and lucrative platform in Africa for the public and industry to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest industry trends and innovations, secure new business contacts and compare the best deals in the timber trade, WoodEX for Africa 2018 showed near on 100% growth in its exhibitors and brands on show compared with 2016.

“Since we launched WoodEX for Africa in 2012, the show has grown robustly year on year and increasingly enjoyed a strong African visitor profile, which makes up a substantial percentage of our international trade visitors this year,” remarks Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Director. “WoodEX for Africa 2018 was a much larger event than the 2016 show, with almost double the number of brands and exhibitors on show; it also showcased a notably more diverse offering and enjoyed unprecedented exposure to both visitors and exhibitors from close to 30 different countries. This was in part due to the inclusion of the launch edition of the Deck & Flooring Expo, which broadened the horizons of the shows combined and added significant value for exhibitors and visitors alike.”

Better together

The organisers of WoodEX for Africa saw an opportunity in the market for deck and flooring suppliers and professionals to showcase their products and services to a tuned-in audience. “This gave us the impetus to launch the Deck & Flooring Expo in 2018 alongside the fifth instalment of WoodEX for Africa. The outcome was a tremendously well-received and successful new expo brought to market and a rich diversification in offering for WoodEX for Africa. Our exhibitors have shown immense support for this co-location and visitors were delighted to have so much more to see, learn and buy in the decking and flooring space. Even though the Deck & Flooring Expo has only just launched, its first show far exceeded our expectations. The two shows combined are poised for exceptional growth in the coming years and we look forward to driving this success,” Jooste comments.

WoodEX for Africa | Deck & Flooring Expo 2018 visitor profile & feedback

Visitors at WoodEX for Africa and Deck & Flooring Expo 2018 hailed from across the globe, including Algeria, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Kenya, Maldives, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland, Turkey, Tanzania, Ukraine, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Visitors are excited to see more of the following in 2020:

  • Hand & power tools
  • CNC/laser machinery
  • Tools & equipment for smaller workshops
  • Finishing tools & equipment
  • DIY products & interactive workshops
  • Wood-turning materials, equipment & advice
  • Flooring & decking materials & equipment
  • Fittings & materials
  • Steel components for wood-based furniture
  • Wood coatings
  • Arts & crafts materials & tools

WoodEX for Africa | Deck & Flooring Expo 2018 exhibitor feedback

Survey feedback from exhibitors at the show was overall very positive and indicated that over 70% of exhibitors found the show to be successful, with nearly 100% of these indicating that they gained high quality leads through the show, and the balance indicating that the quality of their leads would be ascertained at a later date. Exhibitors rated the quality of the visitors 7 out of 10, with a 75% likelihood that they would exhibit again at the 2020 instalment. All exhibitors indicated a need for a key industry trade show in South Africa that attracts both local and international visitors and a quarter of exhibitors would like to see the conference component reinstated at the show.

Conferencing & workshops

Survey feedback from both visitors and exhibitors has shown that both would find significant value, not only in a full-scale conference programme delivered by industry expert speakers, but that a practical workshop element would make an ideal addition to both shows. “The invaluable feedback received from our stakeholders has confirmed for us that educational features and information-sharing have become vital elements of today’s successful industry trade show. As such, a conference with top international speakers will be reinstated for both events with the addition of workshops, where visitors can benefit from a more practical showcase and live-action demonstrations for the general trade, industry professionals and DIY enthusiasts,” Jooste notes.

Visitors & exhibitors prefer expo over in-house show

In a bid to keep on improving the show, the organisers distributed a survey to visitors to gauge visitor satisfaction and gather insights on how to bring bigger, better shows to the industry in 2020. An overwhelming 90% of visitors indicated that they found greater value in attending an industry expo with a wide variety of exhibitors on show under one roof, as compared to an in-house show, where only a limited few brands are showcased. Both visitors and exhibitors showed a strong preference for the show to remain a biennial event for reasons including a longer cycle to prepare the highest quality exhibits and release new products to the market.

“Based on both quantitative and qualitative feedback from all our valued stakeholders as well as internal assessments, the milestone fifth instalment of WoodEX for Africa and the launch of the Deck & Flooring Expo were resounding successes, made possible by the immense support the shows enjoyed from all stakeholders, including sponsors, show and media partners, exhibitors and visitors,” Jooste remarks.

“While the current economic climate in South Africa has impacted on all business in the country, the turnout at the event and the enthusiasm of all involved reminds us that South Africans are a resilient bunch that do not allow much to get in the way of success. WoodEX for Africa 2018, combined with the Deck & Flooring Expo, represented, yet again, an essential platform for dynamic networking with a high-quality and appropriate audience, which is poised to yield very lucrative business opportunities well into the future,” he concludes.

WoodEX for Africa and the Deck & Flooring Expo will be taking place again in 2020 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand – dates to be announced. Reservations and enquiries for the event are now open and exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

7 June 2018

Final countdown to WoodEX for Africa 2018

With just over a month to go before WoodEX for Africa 2018 opens its doors from 11 to 13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, everyone who is anyone in the woodworking machinery, tooling, and products sector has secured their space at the fifth edition of this much-anticipated biennial trade show.

“With the final days of show preparation upon us, we are proud to have secured unrivalled commitment from the industry at large for the biggest trade expo in Africa dedicated exclusively to the wood industry. The fifth edition of WoodEX for Africa will house all the industry leaders in the trade and exhibitors from across the world, from newcomers to the industry, market staples, technological innovations and the biggest local and international players in the woodworking sector,” says Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Organiser.

“We are pleased to welcome yet more new exhibitors to our show, among whom are the likes of AluSmart Machinery, CMC Woodworking Machinery, Dieffenbacher, Geerlings, Harris Sawing Equipment, Hintech Manufacturing, Holtec, Lunawood, Pearlman Veneers, Promob, REM, Roos Woodworking Machinery, Rubio Monocoat, SJM Distributors, Upper Edge Products, Vantec and WoodTech Mechatronics,” he says.

AluSmart Machinery

Since the inception of AluSmart, the company’s aim has been to supply aluminium machinery that is reliable and competitively priced, and service that is backed with extensive product knowledge.

In order to achieve this goal, AluSmart have pioneered many of the new machines featured in its product range and take an interest in understanding customer production processes, operational requirements, environment, challenges and opportunities in order to provide them with working solutions. Regardless of industry or application AluSmart customers know that they can count on the team for outstanding products, technical service and support.

For more information, visit www.alusmart.co.za.

CMC Woodworking Machinery

CMC Woodworking Machinery was established in 1991 and has been firmly established as a major role player and leader in the industry, supplying woodworking machinery best technologically suited to meet the needs of woodworking and aluminium specialists and hobbyists.

The company’s highly qualified and experienced technicians regularly visit various import countries and for invaluable up-to-date training, the value of which is then extended to clients who enjoy expert back-up services, repairs and training. By remaining responsive and adaptive to change, CMC upholds market trends, allowing the company to meet the needs of its customer base. On a mission to deliver the highest possible standard of service, sales and after-sales service by working harder, smarter and faster, CMC look forward to becoming the leading distributor of the finest quality machinery on the market.

For more information, visit www.cmcmachinery.co.za.

Diffenbacher

Dieffenbacher is a world-leading manufacturer of complete turnkey production lines for wood-based panels, including particleboard, MDF, OSB, and LVL board. Companies around the world rely on Dieffenbacher to plan and equip their new manufacturing plants and to modernize their existing plants to improve efficiency. With its CPS+, Dieffenbacher has set the gold standard for efficient continuous press systems. The independent family-owned company employs more than 1 700 associates and has 16 subsidiaries worldwide that operate production sites, sales and service offices.

For more information, visit www.dieffenbacher.de/en/.

Geerlings

Geerlings have been operating in the woodworking sector for more than 50 years and sell both traditional (single-function) and advanced (multi-function) Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery as well as tool and dust extraction equipment. The business, which has now moved to its new premises with a large tiled showroom at 32 Ontdekkers Road in Roodepoort, also boasts a wide range of second-hand light and heavy industrial machinery, and also comes with professional expertise in the aluminium market.

For more information, visit www.geerlings.co.za.

Harris Sawing Equipment

With a rich history dating back nearly 100 years, Harris Sawing Equipment is a South African manufacturer specialising in the production of circular saw blades and allied equipment. The company strives to provide the highest quality products for which they can offer full servicing over the product’s entire life cycle.

Harris Sawing Equipment’s current manufacturing includes TCT saws, food grade stainless steel blades, circular saws from 8 mm to 3000 mm in diameter, plate saws and hot saws. The largest and smallest circular saws they produce are a record for the African continent. They offer blade reconditioning according to customer requirements as well as advice on the cutting of new equipment and equipment optimisation.

The company’s products are exported to the USA, the UK, Germany, Australia, China, Indonesia, South Africa and to many different countries in Africa.

For more information, visit www.harrissawing.com

Hintech Manufacturing

Hintech Manufacturing, the pioneers of cable yarding have been the leaders in the South African market for over 30 years. The first URUS Cable Yarder was built in the Europe factory in the 1950s and today it can be found in over 50 countries worldwide. In 2000 Hintech were the first to build an excavator shovel yarder in Africa; through design and engineering evolution Hintech have become the leaders in Shovel Yarders catering to the local market using CAT, Hitachi, Hyundai, Komatsu, Doosan, Kobelco and other excavator platforms. In 2005 Hintech built there first logger, with special focus on durability and performance and together with partners like Deutz and Danfoss it has grown to become a favourite amongst foresters.

For more information, visit www.hintech.co.za

Holtec

For over 45 years, Holtec have specialised in engineering and manufacturing systems for the woodworking industry. The company’s core competencies are log handling for the sawmill industry, log yards for the wood-based panel industry and package crosscut saws.

Three high-powered brands from Holtec ensure that every performance class is satisfied. With a wide range of conveying techniques, the company handles tree lengths and short logs in almost every diameter class in the sawmilling industry.

With its knowledge from the sawmill industry, Holtec offer the complete front-end, specially designed for rough industrial demands with a 24/7 operation. From the mobile machine up to high-capacity systems they offer reliable solutions for nearly every capacity requirement.

Holtec offers full availability of its service team over the complete system’s lifetime.

For more information, visit www.holtec.de/en/home.

Lunawood

Lunawood Ltd. is an innovative pioneer in the thermal modification of wood and has grown to be the global Thermowood® market leader. The company’s status is based on the quality of its products and its reliable customer service. Lunawood is a target-oriented growth company which employs over 80 people in Finland at production plants in Iisalmi, Kaskinen and Joensuu as well as the Lahti sales office and main export markets. The company’s annual production capacity is 120 000 m3 and the majority of the company’s production is exported.

Lunawood prides itself on its personal customer service and the high quality of its products. As the leading producer of thermally modified wood, its reputation is built upon innovation, reliability and cooperation. Long-term customer relationships and strong partners play an important role in Lunawood’s strategy. Lunawood Thermowood is sourced from well managed and sustainable forests in Finland and its products are attractive, durable and non-toxic

For more information, visit www.lunawood.com.

Pearlman Veneers

Pearlman Veneers / 9 by Six are the largest manufacturers and distributors of quality veneer and upgraded veneer board products in South Africa. The company operates nationally with warehouses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Bloemfontein. Pearlman Veneers / 9 by Six stock all exotic and commercial veneer species as well as a range of reconstituted veneer in both bundle and layon form. Pearlman Veneers / 9 by Six are also proud suppliers of Lac Laminate (PET) foiling, available in both Super Matt and High Gloss.

For more information, visit www.pearlman.co.za.

Promob

Promob offers 3D design software with costing and working drawings plus full cutting lists and board optimization with modules to boring and slot groves and so much more. Promob has been around for 20 years and are in South America, USA, Europe and now in South Africa. The company’s Software has multiple options for the furniture and woodworking industry.

For more information, visit www.promob.co.za.

REM

REM are South Africa’s fastest growing woodworking, panel processing machine specialists. They will be showcasing their range of Lamello wood joining machines with a special guest appearance from Marco Ress, international demonstrator for Lamello Switzerland. Lamello is famous for manufacturing a joining system that saves time and money with outstanding results.

Marco’s focus will be on demonstrating wood joining using the Lamello P-system. This will include use of the Zeta P-2 biscuit jointer together with connectors Clamex-P, Tenso-P and Divario-P. More specifically, this system can be applied to kitchen fitting and any situation that requires the joining of panels, installing worktops and more. In short, the P-system is precise and quick to set up with the final fittings either visible or barely visible.

Their TopSolid Team will be there to reveal TopSolid'Wood, the only integrated CAD/CAM software package specially developed to meet the needs of the wood industry. TopSolid’WoodCam is a CAM solution with automatic geometry recognition for machining operations.

REM will also have some surprise machines, including the Rehnen Junior R-1 sander on display so don’t miss their stand!

For more information, visit www.rem-sa.co.za.

Roos Woodworking Machinery

Roos Woodworking Machinery supplies a large variety of woodworking and sawmilling machinery throughout Africa. They stock everything needed in the woodworking industry, including all woodworking machinery, compressors and forklifts, both new and used. RoosWoodMac’s highest priority is customer relationships, which translates into very attractive prices and free professional advice for the machinery needs of the customer.

RoosWoodMac will have both an indoor and outdoor stand at WoodEX for Africa. The indoor stand will carry a variety of machines and the outdoor stand will be host to demonstrations of its horizontal band saw mill, which is very popular in countries like the USA and Australia. Feel free to visit RoosWoodMac on show to benefit from their expertise.

For more information, visit www.rooswoodmac.co.za.

Rubio Monocoat

Rubio Monocoat’s all-natural oil wood finish, seals, colours and protects in a single layer (Monocoat) application. Ideal for both interior and exterior applications (UV and anti-fungal protection), the product range contains 0% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which is completely non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. The oil finishes are easy to apply and require minimal maintenance, offering exceptional durability.

Rubio Monocoat’s comprehensive product portfolio not only includes preparation and maintenance related products, but consists of over 55 colours for interior with an average spread rate of 50 m2 per litre, as well as 22 colours available for exterior applications. With the combination of an additional selection of water-based pre-colour stains, customers can custom make their own unique colours (>1000 colour combinations) to suit their specific requirements. This unique attribute has earned RMC the reputation of ‘The King of Colours’.

Rubio Monocoat Africa is supported by a professional and well-trained technical product and service team. They offer assistance to clients and projects where RMC product are specified, to ensure the product exceed client expectations. The RMC oil, by its very nature, is a ‘forgiving’ product, and the team has extensive experience in problem-solving post-application if required.

The next generation unique Molecular Bonding Technology ensures a durable and affordable solution, with no-film forming, ideal for the harsh weather conditions in Africa (water and heat resistant). This fast-curing solution ensures no overlaps can be formed, and colour consistency throughout. Due to this revolutionary technology, users can also easily maintain, or repair surfaces, without having to re-do the entire area.

For more information, visit www.rubiomonocoat.com.

SJM Distributors

SJM Distributors has grown steadily since its inception in 1995 and has become the supplier of choice for band saw blades due to exceptional service, product knowledge and delivery. High performance band saw blades for primary and secondary timber processing are imported direct from the renowned UK manufacturer, Dakin-Flathers Ltd. Each blade is precision welded to length on the latest CNC Flash-Butt welding systems at SJM Distributors for optimum quality.

Saw37C carbon steel blades, for secondary wood processing, are designed to give exceptional blade life from a unique flexible back material with durable hardened tooth tips. RipperS sawmill blades, for primary processing, deliver strength, performance and economy all in one – the cost-effective way to get more from your sawmill.

SJM Distributors continue to grow from strength to strength to service all cutting needs by investing in the latest technologies and training programs.

If you have something to cut… contact SJM!

For more information, visit www.sjmdistributors.co.za.

Upper Edge Products

Upper Edge products is a dynamic family-owned business that was founded in 1994. The company proudly supplies the woodworking industry (kitchen/furniture) with edging, PVC wrap foil and woodworking adhesives. Upper Edge Products is a proud supplier of Roma Plastik, Fine Décor and Durante & Vivan Adhesives.

For more information, visit www.upperedge.co.za.

Vantec

Vantec is a Brazilian company that has successfully been in the business of manufacturing machinery for industrial automation, biomass, forklifts, loaders, veneer lathes, recycling and sawmilling for over 50 years. This success has lead the company to expand the market to the whole of South America, Central America and now, the expansion of business partners throughout Africa.

As such, the company has proven its ability to manufacture good, robust and effective machinery as a result of constant technological improvements. Vantec is a company which is always looking to find solutions to meet the client’s needs by developing innovative project solutions and prioritizing simplicity in its commercial relationships for the benefit of the consumer and the market.

For more information, visit www.vantec.ind.br.

WoodTech Mechatronics

WoodTech, based in Port Elizabeth, was established in 1998 and has been specializing in the design and manufacture of machinery for 18 years. The company focuses on the design and manufacture of 3D laminating presses and CNC nesting routers and, while these machines are primarily made to be used in the woodworking industry, they are used in other industries as well, such as sign writing.

Alongside the CNC nesting router, WoodTech has developed its own fully parametric cabinet and door manufacturing software package which fully integrates with its range of CNC routers. Much of the electronics are designed in-house, making WoodTech a fully mechatronics engineering company.

WoodTech have also developed a world first with its TruCut, which converts most existing panel saws into a single axis CNC panel saw, with guided cutting technology, which is normally only available on large beam saws. With over 400 3D laminating presses on the market and over 100 CNC nesting routers, WoodTech have built up an excellent relationship with its clients, such that it branched out to import woodworking machines for a more holistic service offering.

With experienced and well-qualified engineers and technicians, WoodTech provides more than just machines; the company’s new vision is to provide formulated turnkey solutions and full automation. WoodTech caters to the South African market, sells machinery worldwide and boasts agents across the globe.

For more information, visit www.woodtech.biz.

Above & beyond show day

“By virtue of its status as a biennial event, the ‘shelf-life’ of the show extends long beyond its three show days,” Jooste remarks, adding, “The networking at the show, industry and media partnerships as well as marketing and advertising avenues secured by the organisers during the run up to the event strategically combine to boost the show’s manifold benefits well into the future for both visitors and especially exhibitors.”

Final call to action

“With just a few weeks left before we open our doors for the fifth time, we have very limited space left at the show, and encourage all would-be exhibitors not to miss out on an opportunity to reach a highly concentrated market, not only for sales, but for building invaluable networks in the field, with the added facet of the launch edition of the Deck & Flooring Expo. WoodEX for Africa’s next instalment after this edition will only be taking place again in 2020. This frequency enhances the value of each show for our exhibitors and intensifies the incentive for participation, which is why we wish to take this opportunity to make our last call for exhibitors before our bookings are at capacity,” Jooste comments.

“Having proven over the years that we bring the right type of visitors to the show, such as decision-makers and individuals with buying power looking for the right business opportunities, new products, materials and machinery to boost their profits, we look forward to hosting another memorable WoodEX for Africa this year and to offering visitors and exhibitors alike the opportunity to gather insights, do business, build networks and delight in a smorgasbord of woodworking and related equipment, machinery, tooling and services on show,” he concludes.

Register for your free WoodEX for Africa ticket at the following link: https://bit.ly/2FQE3wj. Available only until 6 July 2018; thereafter R85 per ticket at the gate.

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Bookings for the event are limited and exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space now to avoid disappointment. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WoodEX for Africa show partners: BeTimber Portugal, Construction World, Crown Publications, Forestry South Africa (FSA), Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), Interact Media Defined (IMD), Malnor, Media Xpose, SA Roofing, Sawmilling South Africa (SSA), South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), South African Wood & Laminate Flooring Association (SAWLFA), South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA), Timber iQ, To Build magazine, Thatchers Association of South Africa (TASA), Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times, Woodworking & Furniture Suppliers Fair Cairo.

7 May 2018

WoodEX for Africa set for a full house

WoodEX for Africa, the only trade show in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber and allied trades, is preparing to host a bumper edition show from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, due not only to near-full bookings, but its incorporation of the Deck & Flooring Expo’s inaugural event.

WoodEX for Africa Organiser, Stephan Jooste, remarks, “We are delighted to report an upsurge in exhibitor bookings for the 2018 event and look forward to hosting a full house over the three-day event that promises visitors and exhibitors a unique stage for gaining insights, conducting business and making new contacts afore a backdrop of state-of-the-art timber- and woodworking-related equipment, machinery, tooling and services.”

“Further to this, we are proud to be launching the Deck & Flooring Expo, a brand that was established in response to an overwhelming call from the decking and flooring sectors in South Africa for an expo-type event that would offer tangible, one-on-one marketing opportunities for exhibitors, from manufacturers right the way to contractors, to connect with one another and their customers,” Jooste remarks. “Flooring and decking occupy most of living, working and play places; it is pervasive, so close to the everyday human experience and people are really drawn to touching and experiencing the materials they will use for their decking and flooring. This is one of the reasons we felt it was essential to create the space for users, makers and installers of beautiful and functional decking and flooring to connect,” he adds.

“We are also pleased to welcome all our new exhibitors, among whom are Geerlings, Harris Sawing Equipment, Nukor, Rhino Band Sawmills and WoodTech Mechatronics, on board WoodEX for Africa 2018 and, hand in hand with our valued exhibitors and partners, look forward to making the show’s fifth instalment a memorable success.”

Geerlings

Having exhibited at every WoodEX for Africa event since the show’s debut in 2012, Geerlings will be showcasing products from the Italian brand they have represented for over two decades and who are leaders in secondary woodworking machinery, SCM, at the 2018 show. Visitors can look forward to a showing of panel processing machines and access to on-site insights from leaders in the field.

Geerlings have been operating in the woodworking sector for more than 50 years and sell both traditional (single-function) and advanced (multi-function) Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery as well as tool and dust extraction equipment. The business, which has now moved to its new premises with a large tiled showroom at 32 Ontdekkers Road in Roodepoort, also boasts a wide range of second-hand light and heavy industrial machinery, and also comes with professional expertise in the aluminium market.

For more information, visit www.geerlings.co.za.

Harris Sawing Equipment

With a rich history dating back nearly 100 years, Harris Sawing Equipment is a South African manufacturer specialising in the production of circular saw blades and allied equipment. The company strives to provide the highest quality products for which they can offer full servicing over the product’s entire life cycle.

Harris Sawing Equipment’s current manufacturing includes TCT saws, food grade stainless steel blades, circular saws from 8 mm to 3000 mm in diameter, plate saws and hot saws. The largest and smallest circular saws they produce are a record for the African continent. They offer blade reconditioning according to customer requirements as well as advice on the cutting of new equipment and equipment optimisation.

The company’s products are exported to the USA, the UK, Germany, Australia, China, Indonesia, South Africa and to many different countries in Africa.

For more information, visit www.harrissawing.com.

Nukor

The Nukor Group has been bringing the highest quality sawmilling and forestry machinery to Southern Africa since 1960. The company’s technicians and sales consultants are experts in the sawmilling industry, quoted by most customers as providing the most efficient, attentive and skilled service and advice.

As a solutions company, Nukor Group’s network of suppliers stretches from America to Europe to Australia, allowing for tailored solutions for every customer’s needs. International wood processing equipment and machinery brands in the company’s stable include the likes of Hildebrand, Bruks, Weinig Group, EWD, Grecon, Linck, Lucas Mills, Mill Indústria, TimberKing and Vollmer, Microtec, Springer, Valon Kone, Weima and Linck.

In recent years, Nukor has put knowledge gathered over half a century into the design and manufacture of its very own range of sawmilling and wood processing machines and equipment – African machines made in Africa for Africa.

Saws, bandsaws, framesaws, rip saws, cross-cut saws, scanners, kilns, wood chippers, moisture meters, moulders, planers, cogeneration plants, cranes, debarkers, finger joints, shredders, stackers, wood briquetting or wood pelleting machines are some of the equipment available through the Nukor Group, whose expertise will help any customer access the right equipment for establishment or augmenting an existing line.

For more information, visit www.nukor.co.za.

Rhino Band Sawmills

Rhino Band Sawmills was born from the owner’s need to have a band saw capable of cutting logs for the bee hives he was building. Unable to find a band saw capable of cutting the desired sizes at an affordable price, he decided to build his own. The saw was quickly noticed by passers-by who needed to have their own Rhino 700 and so a new business was born in Potchefstroom with the Rhino 700 Band Saw.

Since these humble beginnings in 2008, the business has grown significantly and saw the owner take on two partners and open a factory. They have improved and fine-tuned the design of the saw and extended their product offering to include the Rhino 950, Horizontal (Multi Head) Resaws and a Multi Rip Board Edger.

The Rhino 700 and Rhino 950 are CE certified and exported to countries in Africa and Europe. Rhino Band Sawmills’ mission is to provide economical high-quality products to the timber industry, whilst conducting business in a professional and ethical manner. This proudly South African company will do their utmost to provide excellent client service and offer on-site training and service of all their products.

Their flagship products are the Rhino 700 and Rhino 950. The Rhino 700 can cut logs with a diameter of 900 mm and a maximum width of cut 800 mm. It is powered by a 23HP Briggs and Stratton petrol engine with an optional 11KW electric motor. The Rhino 950, with its 35HP Briggs and Stratton petrol engine and optional 15KW electric motor, can cut diameters up to 1100 mm and maximum widths of cut 950 mm. Both models have optional extensions, blades, wedges and ramps, and can be adjusted on request.

For more information, visit www.rhinobandsawmills.co.za.

WoodTech Mechatronics

WoodTech, based in Port Elizabeth, was established in 1998 and has been specializing in the design and manufacture of machinery for 18 years. The company focused on the design and manufacture of 3D laminating presses and CNC nesting routers and, while these machines are primarily made to be used in the woodworking industry, they are used in other industries as well, such as sign writing.

Alongside the CNC nesting router, WoodTech has developed its own fully parametric cabinet and door manufacturing software package which fully integrates with its range of CNC routers. Much of the electronics are designed in-house, making WoodTech a fully mechatronics engineering company.

WoodTech have also developed a world first with its TruCut, which converts most existing panel saws into a single axis CNC panel saw, with guided cutting technology, which is normally only available on large beam saws. With over 400 3D laminating presses on the market and over 100 CNC nesting routers, WoodTech have built up an excellent relationship with its clients, such that it branched out to import woodworking machines for a more holistic service offering.

With experienced and well-qualified engineers and technicians, WoodTech provides more than just machines; the company’s new vision is to provide formulated turnkey solutions and full automation. WoodTech caters to the South African market, sells machinery worldwide and boasts agents across the globe.

For more information, visit www.woodtech.biz.

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Bookings for the event are limited and exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space now to avoid disappointment. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WoodEX for Africa show partners: BeTimber Portugal, Construction World, Forestry South Africa (FSA) Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SA Roofing, Sawmilling South Africa (SSA), South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), South African Wood & Laminate Flooring Association (SAWLFA), South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA), Timber iQ, To Build magazine, Thatchers Association of South Africa (TASA), Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times, Woodworking & Furniture Suppliers Fair Cairo.

7 March 2018

Global wood machining brands on show at WoodEX for Africa

Preparations for WoodEX for Africa, the largest timber trade exhibition in Africa, are well under way. With less than five months to go, a number of well-respected global brands have committed to showcasing their latest wood machining and tooling brands at the expo taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

WoodEX for Africa is a niche biennial trade exhibition with a strong focus on the timber industry and offers visitors and exhibitors alike an exclusive business and networking stage to connect and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery industries. Since its inaugural show in 2012, the show has gone from strength to strength and has enjoyed the participation and backing of well-respected international names in wood processing, machinery and tooling.

Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Organiser, remarks, “We’re delighted to once again be playing host to a number of global brands in the sector who recognise the unique and lucrative opportunities inherent in doing business in Africa. A handful of these esteemed exhibitors include: local wood machinery distributor, Newsaw, who will be showcasing a host of imported brands at the show; Polish leader in tooling, FENES S.A., first-time exhibitors at the show, who will be introducing their own range of wood tooling and machinery; FOMA Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. (FOMA), a joint venture between the FX Group, China FOMA and Shanghai FUMA; and Wood-Mizer Africa, respected manufacturer of sawmilling equipment and technology.”

Newsaw

According to Louis du Plessis, Director at Newsaw, “We are excited to be attending WoodEX for Africa again this year and look forward to making an impact at the show with products like Holtec log yards and pallet C-cuts; Vantec sawmilling equipment, biomass equipment, peelers and lamination equipment, reclamation equipment and forklifts; Nardi kilns; Newcoming planers; and Dryzone products. We’ll also be showcasing equipment and machinery from Dieffenbacher and have some special features for our foresters this year; from Vantec on infield chipping and chain-sharpening equipment from Franzen!”

“Visitors and fellow exhibitors can also look forward to become better acquainted with our in-line grader that is locally designed and built by yours truly as well as a Vantec chipper and planer. We represent many more brands and look forward sharing insights and information about these with visitors to our stand,” he adds.

Cutting Tools Factory FENES S.A.

A representative of FENES S.A., who manufacture and supply machinery and cutting tools for wood, comments, “WoodEX for Africa 2018 will be our first and all the products we will have on show are produced under the FENES brand and are all made in our factory in Poland. Machinery on show will include a horizontal band saw sawmill, sharpening and setting machines for band saw blades, band saw blades, circular saw blades, gang saw blades and end mills. We look forward to networking at the show, meeting our existing clients and fostering new relationships with the African trade.”

FOMA Southern Africa

Having commenced trade in August 2017, FOMA will be attending its first ever WoodEX for Africa this year. According to Roddy Payne, General Manager, “The expected traffic of visitors will enable us to showcase our machinery to a wide Southern African audience; showing them the quality and reliability of our machines as well as the competitive nature of our full-value offer.”

“Africa offers great opportunities for growth and development, now and into the future. A growing population and income means that there will be an increasing demand for wood and panel processing equipment for many years into the future,” remarks Payne, who adds, “Thanks to WoodEX for Africa, we will be able to showcase our machines in a working context, by running demonstrations and allowing visitors to interact with the equipment and sales staff in a very encouraging environment.”

Visitors can expect to see an exciting and comprehensive range of edge-banding machines, table saws, beam saws and CNC technology from FOMA Southern Africa. “We will be offering amazing show specials as well as a product interface that is personalized and engaging, and also look forward to showing off some of the newest technology from the China Interzum show of March 2018 – come and be fascinated!”

Wood Mizer Africa

Wood-Mizer Africa is the only sawmilling equipment manufacturer that has exhibited at every WoodEX for Africa show since the inaugural event in 2012.

Its consistency over time and market-leader role in narrow bandsaw and recently also wide bandsaw industrial sawmilling technology, has contributed towards Wood-Mizer Africa’s goal of becoming South Africa and Africa’s timber processing equipment supplier of choice.

This is according to Etienne Nagel, Wood-Mizer Africa’s PR and Marketing Specialist, who adds that, “WoodEX for Africa continues to play an important part in us reaching our customers in Africa. Sawmillers in 30 countries across Africa now have access to our products and services. Profitable sawmilling businesses have resulted from this and lives are changed.”

“WoodEX for Africa aims to offer a high-value niche platform for both exhibitors and visitors looking to learn more about timber products, tooling and machinery available on the market, to access special trade deals and foster lasting ties in the sector,” comments Jooste, concluding, “We are proud to be hosting well-renowned international names at the show as well as newcomers to the market and look forward to producing yet another world class event where exhibitors can build on their past successes and make their mark on Africa’s timber industry.”

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Bookings for the event are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

4 December 2017

Gateway to Africa’s timber trade under one roof

As the largest timber trade exhibition on the continent, WoodEX for Africa is considered the gateway to Africa’s timber trade. From the biggest CNC machines to the smallest screws, from the loggers of the great outdoors to sleek laminated flooring, WoodEX for Africa plays host to the most specialised, yet comprehensive range of equipment, tools, machinery and wood products available on the market.

While WoodEX for Africa’s exhibition is a focused event, its showing has been carefully cultivated over the years to include a wide-ranging representation of products and services.

According to WoodEX for Africa Organiser, Stephan Jooste, “From the start of WoodEX in 2012, the show carried both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas to showcase products optimally, with big names like Wood-Mizer, CMC Woodworking Machinery, WoodTech, Geerlings, Bosch, De Walt and Vermont Sales, among others, proudly taking space at the show.”

“Heavy forestry and wood-processing equipment and machinery are best positioned outdoors, not just for practical reasons, but for exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment and machinery put to the test in its natural environment. The outdoor exhibit has always had a special vibrancy of its own with highlights over the years including exciting portable sawmill demonstrations, three-wheeler testing as well as a chainsaw wood carving competition.”

Indoors at the well-equipped Gallagher Estate in Midrand, WoodEX for Africa showcases large CNC machines, woodworking machinery and equipment, veneering equipment, ply woods, tooling, fixtures and fittings as well as paints and coatings, and industry associations, making the show the most inclusive showcase of timber and related products and services on the continent.

Rounded off with its highly-anticipated Timber Talks, WoodEX for Africa has something on offer for every timber professional looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the trade.

“WoodEX for Africa’s well-rounded offering to both exhibitors and visitors alike makes for a multi-faceted exhibition of the top timber and related products and services available on the market, underpinned by industry expertise and a trade looking to the future,” says Jooste, concluding, “We are delighted to announce that Early Bird bookings for exhibition space at the show are now open and we encourage our exhibitors to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure for their brands.”

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Early Bird bookings for the event are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

11 October 2017

Dates set for WoodEX for Africa 2018

WoodEX for Africa, the largest trade exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade, is gearing up for its milestone fifth instalment taking place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from 11-13 July 2018.

WoodEX for Africa is a timber-focussed trade exhibition hosted biennially and offers a unique business and networking platform to connect, unify and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery markets. As a key event on the timber and timber-related industry’s calendar, WoodEX for Africa has developed a reputation for being a solid, reliable partner in trade that has remained steadfast and resilient through trying times in both the local and global economies.

According to Stephan Jooste, WoodEX for Africa Director, “The fourth edition of WoodEX for Africa was very well supported by both local and international exhibitors and visitors alike. Feedback since the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with a strong indication that the exhibitors were particularly satisfied with the quality of visitors, networking opportunities and the sound business leads they sourced at the event. We’ve since received an unprecedented number of inquiries about WoodEX for Africa’s 2018 event from past visitors and exhibitors, which positions us well to host the fifth WoodEX for Africa; a milestone of which we are tremendously proud.”

What to expect at WoodEX for Africa 2018

Building on previous years, WoodEX for Africa 2018 will showcase innovative timber and woodworking products and services, such as woodworking machinery, fixtures and fittings, decking, flooring, structural timber, timber preservatives and treatment, sawmilling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing, and wood material and veneer production.

“This makes WoodEX for Africa the ideal platform for those in – and associated with – the timber industry to connect with one another and other specialised dealers, stay in tune with the latest and greatest in the industry, to secure new business contacts and nurture existing ones, and to access special trade deals,” says Jooste.

At the heart of WoodEX for Africa is the event’s ever-popular Timber Talk programme, which comprises a number of short presentations by industry influencers. These compact sessions make for a dynamic and interactive learning experience for visitors and exhibitors alike, and bring together some of the timber industry’s leading system designers, contractors, manufacturers and thought leaders who address pressing industry issues and hot topics from across the timber world.

WoodEX for Africa’s Timber Talk sessions are free to attend and no bookings are necessary.

A win for exhibitors

With its strategic and targeted marketing activities, WoodEX for Africa aims to host many new visitors and exhibitors at the show. In addition, the 2018 event will offer a host of digital and social media marketing opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to reach a highly-focused market in Africa before, during and after the show.

Particularly popular with the African trade, which makes up 60% of international trade visitors hailing from as far afield as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, WoodEX for Africa is considered South Africa’s gateway to the timber trade in Africa.

“It is clear that WoodEX for Africa has come of age and represents an invaluable targeted marketing platform for the local and international timber trade and woodworking sectors looking to connect and build fruitful relationships,” says Jooste. “As the only exhibition solely dedicated to timber and woodworking machinery on the African continent, WoodEX for Africa has forged itself as the place to connect and inform the timber trade where it matters most. We look forward to making WoodEX for Africa 2018 yet another one for the books,” he concludes.

Bookings for WoodEX for Africa 2018 are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event. For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846 / +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About WoodEX for Africa:

WoodEX for Africa is the largest exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade and with the support of strategic industry partners, WoodEX for Africa is hosted biennially and offers a unique business and networking platform to connect, unify and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery markets.

Showcasing innovative timber and woodworking products and services, such as woodworking machinery, fixtures and fittings, decking, flooring, structural timber, timber preservatives and treatment, sawmilling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production, WoodEX for Africa is an ideal platform through which to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest timber trends, secure new business contacts and access special trade deals.

Particularly popular with the African trade, which makes up 60% of international trade visitors hailing from as far afield as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, WoodEX for Africa is considered South Africa’s gateway to the timber trade in Africa.

Being the only exhibition solely dedicated to timber and woodworking machinery on the African continent, WoodEX for Africa has forged itself as the place to connect and inform the timber trade where it matters most.

Feb 2015

Held annually since 2012 WoodEX for Africa has enjoyed tremendous support from the local and international timber industry and the event is now established as Africa's leading industry showcase. With the possibility of partnering with a major international industry exhibition, and to fit in with the global timber industry calendar, WoodEX for Africa will be held bi-annually from 2016.

A BIG THANK YOU to our loyal supporters for helping us to establish and grow WoodEX for Africa the past three years, and for all the positive comments and advice received through difficult times from our media and industry partners. With you behind us the future of WoodEX for Africa is looking bright.

Following WoodEX for Africa 2014, the event received outstanding feedback from its exhibitors and visitors, with exhibitors reporting positive feedback in terms of the quality of visitors, the great networking opportunities, market exposure and business conducted. Visitors indicated that they were specifically impressed with the outstanding quality of the exhibitors' displays and the professional appearance of the event.

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