Gabon Wood, Woodworking & Forestry Show 2018 offers you the chance to meet wood, woodworking and forestry professionals, develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of your business, and learn new techniques and sources of supply. It is a quest to be the best platform for creative ideas and new technologies, and showcase innovative resources that would lead to lucrative transactions.
Gabon is a bustling business hub with rapid development and expansion. It is the ideal place for the global wood industry to meet. The exhibition would display the latest products and innovations in the wood and forestry industry in the region.
"WoodShow is one of the important international events dedicated to the woodworking technology. Eumabois supports this event by many editions observing every time satisfaction among the exhibitors. Middle East became one of the strategic destinations for European industry of woodworking machines and tools and Dubai is the perfect place for the meeting between demand and supply. A special mention must be made for the organization of this event, very rational and suitable to the exhibitors and visitors needs.
The attendance was in line with expectations while the technological offer is growing. For the next years, we expect a further improvement.
I'm sure we'll see you all again in 2018 as we are hoping to increase even more our business."
Dr. Luigi De Vito
Vice President, Eumabois
The West and Central Africa sub-region is an important producer of wood products, although production is dominated by industrial round wood and primary processing (mainly the production of sawn wood and wood-based panels). Historically, countries in the sub-region have been log exporters.
Timber trade in the West and Central Africa sub-region is influenced by local, regional and overseas demands, with Europe being an important market for the major producing countries in the region. Much of the demand for wood product in the region is for rough-sawn and low-grade timber used in construction and joinery with regional markets.
Boasting the second highest forestry potential in Africa, Gabon's forests cover 22.8 million hectares which is 88% of the country’s land surface. 12.5 million hectares are suitable for the sustainable harvest of timber. Commercial timber stocks are estimated at 400 million m³, of which 130 million m³ is okoumé, known worldwide for the production of plywood. Approximately, 80 different species of trees are currently exploited. 400 other species are considered as potentially exploitable. The West Africa WoodShow aims to transform Gabon into a world leader in certified tropical timber production. This will be achieved through an industrial strategy aimed at sustainably managing timber stocks and by promoting secondary and tertiary processing. The timber industry is already the largest private sector employer, employing 28% of the working population, and represents an extremely significant growth potential.
Gabon enjoys a strategic geographical position in West and Central Africa, acting as a gateway to a regional market of more than 250 million consumers
Government of Gabon aims to build on its political and social stability to become an emerging country by 2025
All necessary facilities are present – hotels, public transport, international airport
Easy online visa application and approval
All key features, workshops and conference will be presented on international level
Connect with key visitors from the wood industry having purchasing authority
Establish new contacts and expand your business reach by meeting relevant business partners (suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations and institutions)
Learn about latest industry trends, technologies and products at display by interacting with industry experts
Strong opportunities to close onsite business deals with serious buyers
Get special brand recognition and promotion through an intense regional and international marketing campaign
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