Wood product imports top $1.2bn in Saudi market

Saudis will no longer have to look abroad for wood, as a new exhibition delivers it to their doorstep

Wood is a critical component of many traditional Arabic architectural components and furnishings.
Wood is a critical component of many traditional Arabic architectural components and furnishings.

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

While Saudis have always had to look abroad for wood, the new exhibition will focus on the growing potential of the sector, the demand for timber products and the 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% 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.”

Like with the Big 5 show by dmg events, 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.

The event will also feature live product demonstrations, eco-friendly construction building systems and a specialist advisory area for furniture factories will highlight 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 event will debut at the Jeddah Centre for Forum and Events on 22 to 24 January 2018.

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