Events In 2017

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Geerlings Cape Town open days

27 & 28 March

Geerlings Cape Town has relocated to their nre premices and wishes to share it’s central location with their valued Western and Eastern Cape clients.

  • Meet the SCM area management team and discuss your company’s expansion plans.
  • View the much wider range of stock for the Cape branch.
  • Enjoy a casual braai or buffet and drinks with the dedicated Geerlings team.
  • Win one of 3 nationwide prizes of R5,000 or R10,000 or R20,000 in the Freud Tooling visitor’s draw.

Cape Town Cathedral Park, 31 Pinotage Road, Saxonburg Industrial Park 1, Blackheath.

Contact: 021 987 3408, or visit the Geerlings website for more information.

Geerlings Johannesburg open day

30 March – 1 April 2017

  • Enjoy and exclusive first viewing of their newly upgraded showroom.
  • Meet the SCM area management and discuss your company’s expansion plans.
  • View the much wider range of stock for the Johannesburg branch.
  • Enjoy a casual braai or buffet and drinks with the dedicated Geerlings team.
  • Win one of thee nationwide prizes of R5,000 or R10,000 or R20,000 in the Freud Tooling visitor’s draw.

7 Adcock Street, Shamdor, Krugersdorp.

Contact: 011 279 5900, or visit the Geerlings website for more information.

Working with Wood show

31 March – 2 April in Cape Town

  • Top South African and international demonstrators will be at the Cape Town show to share their woodworking skills and crafts, including woodturning, carving, chair-making, sharpening, pyrography, boatbuilding and furniture making.
  • The Polo Club, Durbanville racecourse
  • Organisers: Vermont Sales and Spiros Mica
  • Email Working with Wood on, or visit the web site


new event here

Focus on Forestry Conference and Exhibition: 19 – 21 April at Cedara, KZN

Focus on Forestry now has a wider scope of including silviculture, fire management and forest engineering.

 The 2017 theme is:“Harvesting, silviculture and fire management systems for a restructured forest industry”

Focus on Forestry 2017 is a larger and improved conference, exhibition and demo, aimed at the entire forestry value chain and caters for forestry role-players from across the Africa. The target market remains primarily the forestry manager, contractor, equipment supplier and related role-players.

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Decorex Cape Town

27 – 30 April in Cape Town

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

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 Machinetools Africa 2017

9 -12 May in Johannesburg

  • Expo Centre Nasrec
  • Machine Tools Africa, launched in association with the Machine Tools Merchants’ Association of South Africa (MTMA), is the biggest trade exhibition of its kind in Africa showcasing cutting edge developments across the machine tool and related industries. Machine tools will not only be displayed but demonstrated.
  • There will be machining equipment such as turning and milling, grinding and drilling, as well as all types of sheet metal machinery, laser, plasma cutting, bending and punching and presses.

Suppliers of tooling and CAD/CAM software will also be there.

Click here for details.

Global Timber Conference (GTC 2017)

15-17 May 2017

Borneo, the third largest island in the world is known for its dense rainforest; has been selected as the host venue for the 2nd edition of Global Timber Conference (GTC 2017) from 15-17 May 2017 at Pullman Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Organized by Confexhub with the strong support from Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), this high calibre conference is back again providing a premier platform for the stakeholders in the timber and timber-product industry to converge and gain further insights into building stronger and sustainable wood industry.

Global Timber Conference 2017 themed “Innovation & Market Driven Strategies: Keys to Sustainable Growth” is expected to bring together over 400 odd regional policy makers, experts, and captains from the United States, Europe, East-Asia, North-Asia and ASEAN representing industry practitioners, government officials and regulators in the timber and timber-products industry. More than 20 guest speakers representing government agencies, timber research bodies, timber associations and commercial companies from over 10 countries will gather at this event and discuss on two plenary addresses, six focused topics and a forum:

What are the Impacts and Benefits of TPP and RCEP on Timber Industry in Asia
Assessing the Impact of COP 21 on Natural Forest and Forest Plantation in Asia
Global Timber Outlook: Demand, Supply And Prospects
Genomics And Good Silvicultural Practices: The Keystone To Productivity And Profitability
Standards, Certifications And Eco-Labeling Of Timber And Timber Product Industries: Impacts And Benefits To The Asian Markets
Alternative Raw Materials To Timber For Wood-Based Industries: Development And Prospects
Urban Transformation In Timber
The Next Wave In Wooden Furniture Industry: Design, Material And Technology
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Interzum 2017

16 – 19 May in Cologne, Germany

Koelnmesse exhibition centre.

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LIGNA 2017, Hanover, Germany


LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, is gearing up for its 2017 season (22 to 26 May) with a new, more visitor-centric layout of themes.

See the full article on LIGNA 2017 here.

The 28th Annual TPCP Symposium: Keeping trees healthy

15 – 17 May in Pretoria

  • This is the annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB), and is one of the most important relating to forest tree health in South Africa. The main TPCP Symposium will be on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th with satellite meetings, lab and facility visits and a meeting of the Core Team Members of the CTHB will be held on Monday 15th.
  • The meeting will provide feedback to the forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach.
  • Internationally recognized tree health specialists including Dr Ecki Brokerhoff  (Scion, New Zealand), Dr Jeremy Alison (Natural Resources, Canada), Prof Tom Bruns (University of California, Berkely, USA), Prof Rytas Vilgalys (Duke University, North Carolina, USA), Prof Paolo Gonthier (University of Tornio, Italy) and Dr Simon Lawson (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) will be amongst the guests and speakers.
  • Visit the for more information.


Elmia Wood

7 – 10 June in the forests of Jönköping Sweden

  • Elmia Wood is the world’s leading trade fair for the forestry industry. The fair is completely built in the forest and you can see and test forest machines and tools in their natural environment. It is held every four years and provides an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the market and see new trends.
  • Contact:
7th Forest Science Symposium

18 – 20 July in Pietermaritzburg

  • Co-hosted by ICFR, IUFRO, DAFF, FABI, NMMU and SUN
  • This event will showcase the depth and breadth of forestry research across southern Africa, and aims to provide a unique opportunity for the southern African forest research community to interact with international partners and share knowledge around the work being carried out across the region.
  • The theme will focus on Research underpinning the sustainability of a diverse forestry sector and will explore forestry research in the broadest sense looking at natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of people and products.
  • Organiser: Sally Upfold,,
  • Tel: 033-3862314
 100% Design South Africa

9 – 13 August in Johannesburg

Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre

100% Design South Africa is the largest curated exhibition platform for sourcing high-end contemporary design in Africa.

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Decorex Johannesburg

9 – 13 August in Johannesburg

Gallagher Convention Centre

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Short course: An introduction to modern tree breeding

28 August – 1 September in Pretoria

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