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EXPO: Keep THABS on DIY at SAITEX 2011


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For the first time in its 18-year history, the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) will feature a special trade only focus on THABS – Tools, Hardware and Building Supplies. THABS and SAITEX take place from 17 to 19 July 2011 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.

“The purpose of focusing on THABS at this year’s SAITEX is to feed the growing demand for tools, hardware products and materials in the DIY market, as well as the building and maintenance industry,” says John Thomson, Managing Director of Exhibition Management Services (EMS), the organisers of SAITEX.

“If you think about it, humans have been builders and tool users for about a million years,” adds Thomson. “As kids, we enjoyed playing with toy plastic hammers and screwdrivers, and built things with glue and wooden blocks. Today as adults, we get a thrill using real hammers and electric drills, and we build things great and small with steel, bricks and mortar. Building and fixing things is deeply imbedded in our DNA. Tools and building are a part of daily life on this planet.”

THABS at SAITEX will cover all aspects of the tool, hardware and building sector with a wide variety of the latest products, materials and technology on display for trade visitors. These will include general hardware, power and hand tools, building materials, home and interior d├ęcor, garden and leisure products, adhesives and sealants, sanitary ware, paint and coatings, plumbing and bathroom accessories, fastening systems and accessories, locksmiths' products, industrial hardware, electrical equipment, automotive tools and accessories, timber and woodworking equipment and materials, metal and welding products, ladders, protective products and much more.

SAITEX will also provide exhibitors and visitors with an efficient networking platform for business.

Tshidi Makhubu is the CEO of Alkara 205, a general trade company and is one of the 12 500 visitors who attended SAITEX last year. She went to source various products, including tools, hardware and construction equipment, to expand her business offering.

“I do business in various industries and the show was a real eye opener; there were so many new products and technologies available from exhibitors in developed countries,” says Tshidi. “I was particularly interested in the machinery from Italy. The show also gave me the opportunity to make some overseas contacts and venture into international trade.”
SAITEX is a general merchandise trade exhibition with a proven track record, and offers visitors a comprehensive range of products, all under one roof. It attracts manufacturers, suppliers, importers and exporters, and thousands of visitors from around the world. SAITEX runs alongside Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) Food and Beverage Trade Expo, doubling trade and business opportunities for exhibitors and visitors alike.

The organisers offer a free and highly effective internet-based business matchmaking programme, providing exhibitors and visitors with pre-profiled, pre-selected and pre-scheduled matchmaking meetings for all three days of both shows. Visitors can pre-register on

SAITEX and AB7 run from 17 to 19 July 2011 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. To see what SAITEX and AB7 is all about, view the 2010 event video on You Tube – simply go to and in the top search window type ‘Saitex and Africa’s Big Seven’.

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