Gabon WoodShow has attracted the participation of top wood and forestry machinery companies for its second edition which will be held on 24-26 June 2019 at the Jardin Botanique in Libreville, Gabon.
This year’s Gabon WoodShow nearly doubles its exhibitors to over a hundred from at least 23 countries. Top exhibitors represent various countries including Gabon, India, Cameroon, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Germany, France, Singapore, Slovenia, UAE, Belgium, China and South Africa. The exhibitors are expected to showcase their latest product offerings including technological solutions related to timber production at a 5000sqm exhibition space.
Among the major exhibitor at Gabon WoodShow is Africa View Panels S.A. With the acquisition of the 8.3 hectare in Gabon Special Economic Zone, AVPSA will soon commence with the commercial production of European and US board-compliant veneer and plywood this year, and particle board in 2020 using leading technology and machinery. AVPSA product range include plain and thin-film coated plywood, plain and pre-laminated particle board, and Okoume veneer.
Representing well-known automobile brands at Gabon WoodShow is Sodim TP. The company initially operated for import, distribution and maintenance of civil engineering equipment. They have since expanded to include in their portfolio industrial, forestry and agricultural fields.
A local exhibitor, Precious Woods Gabon, produces and trades FSC-certified semi-finished tropical timber products. It is renowned for its contribution to the first comprehensive forest management plan in Central Africa that eventually influenced the national forest code. The company operates two sawmills directly at the forest concession area which they have expanded since 2011.
Among the European exhibitor of panel saw, spindle moulder, thicknesser and various other classical woodworking machinery is Robland from Belgium. The company has been offering affordable yet quality woodworking machinery since 1968.
Serra, France’s one of the most innovative companies with over 23 years of experience, is exhibiting their sawmill ranges, splitter and edger, sharpening and blades, woodworking and drying machines. They are the distributor of Serra brand and has sold more than 150 fixed and mobile saws in France and in French-speaking countries.
A Slovenian company, Mebor, is exhibiting their wood processing machinery at Gabon WoodShow. Mebor has been distinguished with a Golden Gazelle Award for fastest-growing company in Slovenia conferred by a publication, Dnevnik. Mebor generates 95% of its sales revenue abroad and is currently developing specific machines for the production of wood shingle, wood veneer and insulation materials.
South Africa’s Wood Mizer Africa will showcase their product offering utilizing smart solutions for timber processing. Wood Mizer Africa has over 75,000 sawmills in operation in more than 100 countries and is an undisputed leader in thin kerf sawmilling.
Greenply Gabon will also exhibit their Okoume face veneers with thickness ranging from 0.2 mm and upwards. Greenply Gabon has a plywood market share of 26% in India.
Walid Farghal, Director-General of the Organizing Committee of Gabon WoodShow 2019, said, “We anticipate an increase in the number of specialized visitors to 5000 from last year’s close to 3000 footfalls. They will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and learn more about the wood industry in Africa including latest products and services. They will also benefit from the event’s major opportunity which is access to lucrative deals onsite.”