United Forest Products is all set for the 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE2019), which takes place at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, in Shanghai, from 5 to 10 November. The Department of Trade and Industry invited South African manufacturers of value-added export products to apply for participation at CIIE2019 in July. White River, Mpumalanga-based United Forest Products, a significant business in the marketing of timber and timber-related services, was one of the 12 selected.
“With China expected to import goods and services worth over $10 trillion in the following years, the trade event gives enterprises from all over the world the opportunity to enter the huge Chinese market,” said Joey Lascelles, the CEO of United Forest Products. “South Africa’s current export basket to China consists mainly of minerals and raw materials, hence the CIIE presents an opportunity to showcase the diversity of value added products South Africa is able to export to China,” she added.
United Forest Products’ objectives for CIIE2019 are to promote the South African timber industry as a whole, to all countries attending and exhibiting at the expo; promote United Forest Products and its products, especially lump wood charcoal; and to network with the Dti and other companies representing South Africa, to explore opportunities for greater cooperation among industries to promote industry growth, local manufacturing and job creation.
“We will also investigate opportunities for new product development, related to timber and timber-related products; investigate possible investment opportunities in new product development for roundwood timber and charcoal-related products; and attract possible investment interest in the e...Read All