Over the past six years, Source Africa has become the premier sourcing event on the African continent bringing together suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and buyers all under one roof.

Now owned by Messe Frankfurt, the third largest trade fair company in the world with operations in over 50 countries and the global leader in textile fairs. Messe Frankfurt organises over 134 trade fairs around the world with over 90,000 exhibitors and roughly 3.5m visitors. Source Africa supplements Messe Frankfurt’s current portfolio of textile related trade shows under the umbrella of their ‘Texpertise Network’.

The primary reason for Source Africa is to promote African made apparel, textiles and footwear and to encourage interaction on a regional and international level. The event also aims to boost investment into the region and ensure sustainable job creation within the sector.

Through increased marketing activities, new and exciting workshops and skills development opportunities as well as continued association and government support, the 2018 event is set to be bigger than ever.


“Messe Frankfurt is the global leader in trade fairs for the textile industry. As such, Source Africa is a perfect fit to our current portfolio. Supported by the strength of the Texpertise Network, we believe we possess the resources, skills and experience to create a global exchange platform for visitors and exhibitors.”

Constantin von Vieregge, CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa