SAITEX, the Southern African International Trade Exhibition, is Africa’s biggest business opportunities event, and turns 21 this year.
And in true SAITEX style, this massive expo continues to deliver more products, more possibilities and more business opportunities for importers and exporters, aspiring and established business owners, traders, agents and entrepreneurs across Africa. With close to 1,000 exhibitors from 45 countries visiting the expo is bound to pay dividends.
What’s new and hot at SAITEX
Indian textile company Soham International will exhibit its superlative range of scarves and many other stylish garments. “We will also launch our new hand-woven scarves which are hand spun with khadi yarn,” says marketing manager Manisha Roy. “This kind of fabric has a more natural feeling and softness than machine-made fabric. These scarves come in different varieties; with sequins, beads, or needle work and others with sophisticated prints. All our scarfs are made with pure cotton or silk.”
Chinese machinery manufacturer Yongkang Jinhan Industry and Trade Co Ltd will be exhibiting its high quality garden and agricultural machines at SAITEX. Its range of products includes brush cutters, chainsaws, hedge trimmers and water pumps, and these are all popular models in China’s domestic market and abroad. “We are keen to establish business relationships with some local agents and clients in South Africa,” says sales manager Connie Zhou.
Casa Brasil has been exhibiting at SAITEX since 1999 and is back this year to introduce a Brazilian chocolate manufacturer, Bel Chocolates. The company’s products are exported to over 30 countries around the world, mostly in hot regions, and will be completely new to South Africa. “In general chocolates are very sensitive to heat and in smaller shops you only find chocolates in fridges. These chocolates do not need to be refrigerated, and will be available for viewing and tasting at SAITEX,” says Casa Brasil export/import manager Jose Dias.
Local company North Shore Trading will introduce Zulu Rum at SAITEX, the first of its kind in South Africa, to the local and international trade market. “We will exhibit three types of rum at SAITEX,” says director Clinton Wyness. “Zulu Rum is a white rum ideal for cocktails, while Zulu Impi Rum is a darker rum, perfect for cola or ginger beer mixers. We will also show off our premium rum called Zulu Gold.”
Exciting workshops at SAITEX
SAITEX is offering business workshops to visitors covering ‘Export/Import for Beginners’ and a ‘Set up Business Success’ conference. The Export/Import Workshop will cover a full introduction to the fundamentals of trade for beginners. The workshop will take place at SAITEX on 24 June. The Set up Business Success conference will focus on inspiration, knowledge and coaching for small business entrepreneurs. The conference is presented in association with Succeed and will take place on 23 June.
Register for free magazine subscriptions
To celebrate 21 years of ongoing success for SAITEX, visitors and exhibitors will receive free digital copies of Italy’s leading English language online trade magazines; Household Appliances World, Electrics and Domotics, and Lighting Design World. Simply register on the EMS website at www.exhibitionsafrica.com on the visitor registration tab.
Find your match
Visitors who pre-register can also use the free business matchmaking service, a popular and highly effective online resource which enables exhibitors and visitors to pre-arrange meetings with pre-selected people online, weeks before the show.