23 February, 2016
Woodworld South Africa 2016
now part of the events staged by Deutsche Messe
trade show WOODWORLD South Africa, the most important event in Africa
for the forestry and woodworking industry, will take place in
Johannesburg from 17 to 20 August 2016. Deutsche Messe AG is cooperating
for the first time with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery.
WOODWORLD South Africa will be colocated to INTERBUILD AFRICA 2016
which is the largest trade show of its kind in Africa, hosting the full
spectrum of building and related industries in residential, commercial
and industrial development. It has been running since 1968.
It is evident that woodworking, forestry, furniture
and other related industry sectors, have grown significantly over the
past 5 years and are poised for significant growth, across Africa, in
years to come.
Africa contributes only 3% of global GDP, but since
2000, GDP per capita has grown at a faster rate than any other country
or region, apart from developing Asian countries African furniture consumption
amounts to $9 bn annually (about 2% of annual global consumption). Main
markets that consume $500m dollars or more in furniture, per annum,
include: South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco.
South Africa and North Africa have the highest per
capita furniture consumption. Despite volatile economic conditions,
labour relations and other infrastructural issues, there has been
consistent growth over the past 5 years in furniture consumption in
urban areas in South Africa. Furniture imports into Africa have grown
from $2.5bn in 2009 to $3.6bn in 2013. Adding to this, the SA government
has put aside R800bn ($75bn) for spend on infrastructure projects over the next 5 years. This will assist in stimulating further growth within the sector.
Trade visitors will find problem-solving processes and value-adding
production chains, which are showcased as individual stages in a
logically, practice-based structure. The product presentations are
augmented by a program that highlights related keynote themes in
conferences, company presentations and best-practice examples, including
Deutsche Messe is the organizer of LIGNA, the
world's biggest trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for
woodworking and wood processing. In addition, Deutsche Messe
cooperates with partners in the forestry and woodworking industries
from across the globe to organize various international events under the
umbrella of WOODWORLD.