20 - 22 June 2018
Jardin Botanique, Libreville, Gabon

West & Central Africa’s Leading Platform
for Wood and Forestry Transformation

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In the Heart of Africa

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75+

Exhibitors

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30+

Participating Countries

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5,000+

Visitors

Welcome to the

Gabon WoodShow

 

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.

 

Gabon has an ambitious vision in the forest-wood sector by 2025:

"Make Gabon a world leader in certified tropical timber, driven by an innovative industry, fully valuing the forest under sustainable management, carbon sinks and biodiversity sanctuary "Wood is one of the 21 century building materials par excellence inexpensive, sustainable, renewable and energy efficient. These innovations in wood offer the opportunity to revolutionize the market of building materials and housing in Gabon, in terms of cost and efficiency, offering new opportunities to the local wood industry (doors, windows , cladding). The same potential can be found in the regional market, where demographic change, increasing urbanization and the development of the middle class will create considerable habitat needs and increased market opportunities for processed timber."

H.E Ali Bongo Ondimba
President of Gabon

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Timber trade in West Africa

 

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.

  • 2 largest mass of tropical rainforests in the world
  • 230 million hectares of forest covering six African countries: Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, and Republic of Congo.
  • + 100 species of trees: okoumé (Aucoumea klaineana), sapelli (Entandrophragma cylindricum), ayous (Triplochiton scleroxylon), limba (Terminalia superba), and moabi (Baillonella toxisperma), ebony, Wengue
  • More than 16 million m of roundwood production / year.
  • Exports to countries of the European Union, China and the USA.
  • Increasing intra-regional demand for wood products (building materials, furniture, ...) resulting from high population growth, increasing urbanization and the development of middle class.
  • + 450 million inhabitants.

10 Reason to Exhibit

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    Get special brand recognition and promote through a major regional and international marketing campaign.

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    Learn about the latest industry trends, technologies and innovative products interacting with industry specialists.

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    Make new contacts and expand the reach of your business by meeting important business partners (suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations and institutions).

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    Benefit from an international and regional marketing campaign for your company brand.

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    A good opportunity to conclude business in the field with serious buyers.

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    Gabon enjoys a strategic geographic position in Central Africa, acting as a gateway to a regional market of more than 250 million consumers.

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    The Gabonese government plans to rely on its socio-political stability to become an emerging country by 2025.

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    All the necessary facilities are present, including hotels, public transport, and an international airport.

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    Easy application and approval of online visas.

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    Get closer to the main visitors of the wood industry with purchasing power.

EXHIBITION KEY FEATURES

  • First Wood, Woodworking Machinery & Forestry Equipment specialized exhibition in West and Central Africa
  • Exhibition venue to be located in the heart of Capital City of Libreville
  • Total space of 5000 m for the first edition
  • Expecting 5000+ professional visitors
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Exhibitors Profile

Woodworking machinery and tools

Forestry Machines, Trucks

Timber Transport and other Vehicles

Cropping and Harvesting Machines

Saw Millers

Hardwood and Softwood

Flooring, Plywood and Veneer

MDF, Laminates and Boards

Wood Suppliers

Associations and Non-governmental entities

International Departments and Institutions

Certification Bodies

Finishing and Fittings

Furniture Manufacturers

Paints, Adhesives and Glues

Associations and Governmental Entities

Wood Energy

Software

Forestry training, Education,
Information & Consulting services

Trade publishers

Trade press and Specialized Literature

Start-up

Exporters and importers

Small and Medium Enterprises

Visitors Profile

All types of Engineering Machinery &
Equipment Manufacturers

Architects

Builders & Developers

Consultants

Plywood & Particle Board Manufacturers
and Traders

Research Organizations

Education & Training Institutes

Forestry Officials

Furniture Manufacturers

Hardware Distributors, Dealers and
Manufacturers

Industry Associations

Interior Designers & Decorators

Manufacturers of Wood-based Articles

Manufacturers, Distributors &
Dealers of Furniture Fittings

Packaging Industry

Exporters & Importers

Saw Millers

Wood Workers, Craftsmen

ULTRA-MODERN & EFFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA

It is beside the cosmopolitan capital Libreville, and entirely dedicated to business, where your company will grow and thrive.

80 companies, domestic and international, have already settled in Nkok SEZ.

Main sectors in which companies have invested: timber, metallurgy, recycling, civil engineering and construction, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, IT & telecomunications, hydrocarbon, finance, tertiary services and many more.


Incentives for Investors

The Gabonese Government has granted fiscal incentives and a favourable legal framework for units settling in the SEZ.

  • 0% Corporate income tax for the first ten years
  • 0% Customs duty on import of equipment and machinery for industries
  • 1 Single Window Clearance Authority
  • No restriction on repatriation of profits out of Gabon

MAKE A SMART MOVE

  • Regional market of 50 Million consumers (CEMAC).
  • Effective logistic facilities.
  • Flexible labor code and established legal framework (law 010/2011).
  • Reliable and subsidize energy source and water.
  • Tax exemption and other fiscal incentives.
  • Multi-sectorial with industrial, residential & commercial areas.

GSEZ SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE

  • A 1226 HA Multi-sectoral industrial park for economic development
  • GSEZ provides investors with industrial plots (on freehold basis as well as rent) and they can rely on world-class industrial infrastructure provided at Nkok SEZ.

POSITIONING AND ACCESS ROADS

  • At 27km from the capital city of Libreville, the 1,126 ha multi-sectorial Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of NKOK is perfectly located, especially for our customers receiving raw material from inside the country.
  • The zone developed 1,093 ha in 2 phases: Phase 1: 591 ha and Phase 2: 502 ha.

Approach Marketing 360°

POWER BRANDING

  • Onsite promotional branding
  • 3 Days Exhibition
  • Personal Invitations to VIP and Government Officials

HOSTED NETWORKING

  • One-to-One Interviews
  • Dedicated networking events

OFFLINE ADVERTISING

  • 100 radio spots across West Africa
  • SMS to targeted trade professionals

OPTIMUM DIGITAL ADVERTISING

  • Over 300,000 personalized e-shots
  • Online presence on over 60 local and International Web Portals
  • Social Media connectivity through various platforms

BUYERS NETWORKING RECEPTION

  • Enjoy extended networking with the top buyers from Africa
  • Prestigious Networking Reception to be organized for all exhibitors

Main Supporter

Silver Sponsor

Supporters

International Media Partner

Media Partners

CONTACT US

Head Office

Tel: +971 4 392 3232
Fax: +971 4 392 3332
E-mail: info@gabonwoodshow.com