Wood product imports top $1.2bn in Saudi Arabia

Value of sector spurs launch of Wood Tech & Design Expo, debuting in Jeddah on 22 – 24 January 2018.

The climbing value of the wood sector in Saudi Arabia, which currently imports some US$1.2bn worth of timber and wood products each year, has spurred the launch of the country’s first event dedicated to the industry, the Wood Tech & Design Expo.

Developed by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, the event will debut at the Jeddah Centre for Forum and Events from 22 to 24 January 2018. The event will focus on the growing potential of the wood sector, the demand for timber products and supporting tools and machinery that can speed production and improve efficiency.

“This adds up to significant opportunities across all parts of the wood sector’s value chain,” said Mariana Montiel, project manager for dmg events. “Whether you are tackling the 70 percent of demand that comes from the construction sector, or grabbing a share of the furniture market’s nine percent annual growth, wood technology and design in Saudi Arabia is on the rise.”

A two-day International Wood Conference will focus on the latest innovative, design-led wood solutions and modern wood manufacturing best practice. A series of CPD certified workshops will also take place during the event, offering attendees expert training on project management, sustainable practices and construction contracts.

Live product demonstrations and a special Hotel Solutions Zone will combine with a Sustainable Village packed with eco-friendly construction building systems and a specialist advisory area for furniture factories, all highlighting the diversity of wood products and their potential applications.

“Event features like this directly address the need for more information about new technologies and improved technical skills we’ve identified in the Saudi market,” said Montiel.

The Wood Tech & Design Expo, along with the International Wood Conference and the CPD certified workshops are all free to attend, but visitors must register.