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December : WoodEX for Africa 2013 launched to the industry

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11 December, 2012

WoodEX for Africa 2013 launched to the industry

WoodEX for Africa 2013, Africa's leading timber trade exhibition being held at Gallagher Convention Centre from 21 to 23 March 2013, was recently launched to the timber industry at a function held at Gallagher Convention Centre.

Speaking at the event, WoodEX Exhibition Manager Lynn Chamier said the international interest in WoodEX has grown tremendously since the inaugural exhibition earlier this year, and agents in Europe and China are actively marketing the show. "Bookings for exhibition space are already more than 50 per cent up compared to the same time last year, and we are receiving enquiries daily. We are looking forward to an excellent event in 2013."

New for WoodEX for Africa 2013

A first at WoodEX for Africa 2013 will be the introduction of The Hub, an area where ‘first-time' exhibitors will be able to book 2 x 2 m² stands in a specific area called The Hub. "This area, which is an open space with a cocktail table, chairs, brochure stand and pull-up banner included in the price, is ideal for smaller companies who would like to exhibit for the first time, as it allows them the chance to showcase their products and services at a reduced cost," says Chamier. Only eight of these spaces are available at WoodEX.

Another first at WoodEX for Africa 2013 are Timber Talks, a number of short seminars which will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience to visitors at the exhibition. Timber Talks will offer visitors the opportunity to share knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry.

Highlights at WoodEX for Africa 2013

Highlights on the 2013 WoodEX programme include the event's Timber Games which will be broadcast on Supersport. During these thrilling games South Africa's most skilled chainsaw operators and wood carvers will showcase their craft in speed cutting and carving competitions.

Another highlight on the programme will be the demonstrations by celebrated DIY guru and television personality Riaan Garforth-Venter, better known as ‘Die Nutsman'. Riaan, who is synonymous with creative ideas, DIY, eco-tips, conservation and beautiful homes, will share his passion for wood by demonstrating various techniques, and he will also use this platform to film one of his ‘Nutsman' television programmes.

During the launch event Chamier welcomed the latest exhibitors who have confirmed their participation in the event, including PG Bison, WoodMizer, Stihl, Hintech Manufacturing, WoodTech, Dieffenbacher, National Edging, Universal Plywood, UPM Plywood, IMA Klessmann GmbH, Rhino Modified Wood, Simpson Strong-Tie, Lonza Wood Protection, Microvellum Software, Wizcad, Leitz Tooling, FX Veneer, Cell Hardware Products, Quart International, Alternative Structures, Pretoria Timber Treaters, Easy Clip, South African Wood Preservers Association, Pride of Africa, Forestry SA, The Wood Foundation, Sawmilling SA, The Institute for Timber Frame Builders, Eva-Last, Holzbearbeitungsysteme, Suzhou Wude Wood-Based Panel Machinery, Chengdu Yibai Cutting Tools, ITC-SA and Staalmeester.

For more information about WoodEX for Africa 2013, including exhibition packages and sponsorship opportunities, visit the WoodEX website at


Released by:

Liesel Swart
Roundtree Communications
Tel: +27 82 672 0067

On behalf of:

Stephan Jooste
WoodEX for Africa
Tel: +27 12 751 7604