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    Founded in Japan by Ryosuke Namiki and Masao Wada, the Pilot Pen Corporation (named the Namiki Manufacturing Company at its founding) is commemorating its 100th anniversary with new products that highlight the brand’s history using traditional Japanese decorative techniques.

    “In celebration of our 100-year anniversary the artisans at Pilot Corporation have created an exceptional array of commemorative items to bring to life Pilot’s rich heritage,” says Ariann Langsam, vice president of consumer marketing for Pilot Corporation of America. “Each special edition item was designed to be a true masterpiece. And each pen is expertly handcrafted by master artisans highly skilled in the traditional techniques of maki-e lacquer work and chinkin gold inlay. They feature distinctive 18-karat gold nibs inscribed with the words ‘100th Anniversary’ and an image of Mount Fuji.”

    Pilot’s past has included many such beautifully decorated pens, many of which were made at the company’s manufacturing facility in Hiratsuka, Japan.

    Maki-e is a Japanese decorative technique first developed in the eighth century wherein wet lacquer is sprinkled with a variety of metal powders to create a particular décor. Maki-e, which means “sprinkled picture,” requires many years of training, with the ultimate goal of becoming a master. Chinkin gold is another decorative style that results in a gold inlay effect. Both techniques, beautiful in themselves, are further enhanced using the small canvas of a pen.

     

     

    Mon, 27/05/2019
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    Michael Reichhold, Director Paperworld, reports on how the planning is progressing and what changes can be expected in the coming year.

    You are already in the planning phase for 2020. What is the current registration status?

    The number of registrations is very positive and more than 900 manufacturers have already announced their participation in Paperworld 2020. We have moved the registration date forward this year to provide early planning security for us and the exhibitors. The manufacturers reacted positively and secured their participation immediately.

    Can you already reveal which important exhibitors have registered so far?

    In the office area in Hall 3.0, Durable, Exacompta-Clairefontaine, Herma, HSM and Tesa have announced their participation. For writing instruments in Hall 4.0, Adel, Erich Krause, Kum, Möbius + Ruppert, Scrikss and Standardgraph are all on the list. In the Remanexpo section, Armor, Imcopex, Ninestar, THS and Winterholde & Hering have submitted their registration forms.

    A comprehensive range of products is represented in the Stationery area in Hall 3.1 by Hallmark, Kaweco H & M Gutberlet, Leuchtturm Albenverlag, Paper + Design, Perleberg and Zöllner-Wiethoff.

    And in the school area in Hall 4.0, Creationes Pandora, LycSac and Sportandem have all announced their attendance.

    Is there a new hall allocation plan for 2020? Will anything change compared to Paperworld 2019?

    The new product mix in the Stationery segment was highly praised at Paperworld 2019, both by exhibitors and visitors. For this reason, Hall 3.1 is also scheduled for stationery suppliers in 2020. Only the Remanexpo area will move from Hall 5.1 to the newly renovated Hall 6.1 in 2020, as we have to make way for construction work. The hall is right next door on the Via Mobile level and is very similar in size and structure. 

    For more detailed information subscribe to PSS Monthly Magazine

     

    Tue, 30/04/2019
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    As National Stationery Week grabbed national headlines over the weekend, Monday morning proved a successful start to the week as the annual campaign trended three times in the first hour of the opening day.

    The hashtags #NationalStationeryWeek, #natstatweek and #writingmatters occupied first, second and third place in the top UK trends.

    Boasting over 2,600 tweets between them on the opening day of the campaign, stationery addicts helped spread the love for pens, pencils, rulers and more - proving that the art of handwriting is still appreciated throughout the country.

    With another six days on the Seven Days of Stationery, it is expected that further hashtags will trend whilst the current trio cement their places as the most popular UK topics.

    It’s not only been on Twitter where people have shared their love for stationery; the success of National Stationery Week has spread to both Facebook and Instagram, with the later seeing over 2,000 uses of the hashtag #NationalStationeryWeek in the last week alone.

    Although the campaign has already started, there are still ways retailers and manufacturers can get involved in the campaign including:

    • Signing up as a participating retailer
    • Tagging @natstatweek into posts on Twitter and Instagram
    • Using the Seven Days of Stationery in stores and online
    • Displaying the National Stationery Week logo on digital platforms

    National Stationery Week runs from 29 April – 5 May and is sponsored by Derwent, Ryman, Paperchase and Marple Stationery Supplies.

    Tue, 30/04/2019
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    Following a busy start to 2019, Shachihata Europe is pleased to announce its return appearance at the London Stationery Show on stand M709.

    Shachihata Europe says it is guaranteed to make a huge impression on buyers with its selection of colourful, versatile and specially developed markers and stamping solutions. The portfolio of brands under the Shachihata name includes Artline and Xstamper, which will all feature at the stand while British artist Judith Selcuk will also be joining the team for the second year running.

    A selection of new products will be unveiled at the show including the Artline Decorite series which features sixty markers in a selection of colours and nib styles to suit every imagination Across the Decorite range is a selection of markers with bullet tips, chisel tips and brush markers for a varied and boldly coloured consumer art selection.

    Whilst Artline’s markers are set to shine, Shachihata Europe will be putting its stamp on the London Stationery Show with its popular Xstamper product range. Led by the Xstamper QuiX Machine – a speedy option to make personalised stamps – the collection is perfect for educational, stationery and multi-purpose retailers.

    During the show, Judith will be running two workshops across both brands to show buyers how Artline and Xstamper products can be activated in-store for further sales opportunities.

    Christopher Collins, Business Development Manager for Shachihata Europe, said: “As a retail proposition, Shachihata Europe has so much to offer for a huge cross-section of consumers. There’s a product range to suit every retail requirement. “Whether it’s stamping solutions or markers, we’ve got an option for you.”

    To find out more about Artline, Xstamper and Shachihata Europe, visit www.shachihata.eu

    Mon, 29/04/2019
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    This year’s new ‘Stationery Designer’ category has been introduced with the support and sponsorship of GO Stationery, which as a UK manufacturer, is in the almost unique position of being able to nurture a stationery product through its life – from conception and design, right through to retail sale.

    Entrants for this Award were asked to supply a maximum of three A3 design boards showing at least three stationery items with the theme ‘The Next Big Thing’.  They had to explain who they thought their designs would appeal to and give an indication of what they thought the likely RRP of each item would be.

    This design competition is a unique opportunity for budding stationery designers to work with an experienced production and sales team and see their ideas taken into production and delivered to retailers throughout the UK.  The lucky winner from the finalists below will work with the GO Stationery team to bring their designs to life!
    The finalists are listed below, and the Winner will be announced at the Stationery Awards Evening on Tuesday, 30 April.  All Finalists will be allocated two tickets to the Awards Ceremony and will be contacted shortly so that they can nominate who they would like to attend.The Stationery Designer of the Year 2019 Award finalists are: (this info has also just been revealed on www.stationeryawards.co.uk

       Designer    Company
       Laura Jackson    Laura Jackson Design
       Nina Dogmetchi    Nina Nou
       Soula Zavacopoulos    The London Studio
       Sian Towner    Tiny T-Rex Tales
    Sat, 20/04/2019
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    With 11 product categories, a Good Design category and a Judges’ Choice Award to select during their judging day last week (April 3rd), this year’s judging panel for the Supplier Stationery Awards spent the day surrounded by the latest stationery product developments and ideas.

    “Ably guided once again by chair Henri Davis, our hard-working judges gave up their day to review the Supplier entries – which this year came to just over 370 items!” said event manager Hazel Fieldwick. 

    “This year’s judging line-up represented a wide cross-section of stationery retail and they all enjoyed meeting and getting to know each other during the judging process.”

    This year’s judges are Abigail Ball – deputy stationery and card buyer at Fenwick, Chris Lambert – founder of Scrawlr, Debbie Wigglesworth – consultant at The Paper Passionist, Katy Golden – head of gift at The Great British Card Company, Mark Hayhurst – editor at Craft Business, Sarah Laker – owner of Stationery Supplies Marple and Sidonie Warren – co-founder of Papersmiths.

    This is the first time the Supplier Stationery Awards have been judged prior to the Stationery Show but organisers were keen to give the judges more time to review the hundreds of products that are entered.

    “The judging panel will be on hand at the Awards Evening to help us hand out the Winner trophies – they did a great job for us, so will be good to give them a round of applause too!” said Hazel.

    The finalists in each category are listed below and the winners will be announced at the Stationery Awards Evening on Tuesday, 30 April.  All finalists will be allocated two tickets to the Awards Ceremony and will be contacted shortly so that they can nominate who they would like to attend.

    The finalists are: (this info has also just been revealed on www.stationeryawards.co.uk)

    Art & Crafts – Sponsored by Craft Business:

    Company
    Product
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    ABT Dual Brush Pens (Set of 6) - NEW Candy and Vintage Colours by Tombow
    Chameleon Art Products Ltd
    Chameleon Fineliners
    West Design Products
    Marabu Textil Screen Printing Set
    Securit by Vermes BV
    Woody Transparent Chalkboard
     
    Desk Accessories:
    Company
    Product
    COLOP UK Ltd
    e-mark
    Brahman Design
    Høvel
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Mina LED Desk Lamp by Lexon
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Pininfarina Codex Desk Accessory
     
    Diaries, Organisers and Calendars:
    Company
    Product
    Busy B
    Bridesmaid Planner
    Hello Day
    Chic Grey Planner
    Busy B
    Goals Diary
    Quadrille Publishing
    Oliver Bonas: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary
     
    Everyday Writing Instruments:
    Company
    Product
    FLB Group/Filofax
    Clipbook Erasable Pen Range
    Studio Pens (UK Distributor)
    Kaweco FROSTED Sport Series
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Sky + Miller Pens
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Troika Construction Pen Brass
     
    Filing & Storage:
    Company
    Product
    ExaClair Limited
    1928 Filing & Organisation Range
    JPT EUROPE LTD
    KRAFT
    West Design Products
    Noteworthy Metallic Mono Pop-Up Pen Pot
    Durable
    VARICOLOR® MIX
     
    Gift Packaging & Wrap:
    Company
    Product
    Quadrille Publishing
    Cath Kidston: Eiderdown Rose Wrapping Paper Book
    Paper Mirchi
    Hand Batiked Gift Wrap
    Paper Mirchi
    Hand Tie Dyed Gift Wrap
    ExaClair Limited
    Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
     
    Licensed Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Alice Scott Range
    Quadrille Publishing
    English Heritage: Fold & Post
    Quadrille Publishing
    I Like Birds: Garden Birds Weekly Planner
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Joules Range
     
    Notebooks & Journals:
    Company
    Product
    Quadrille Publishing
    A Mother's Memory Journal
    LEUCHTTURM1917
    Bauhaus 100 years
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Candy Notebook by Nuuna
    Derwent
    Derwent A5 Bullet Journal Set
    NUCO INTERNATIONAL LTD
    NU: Stone Vegan Leather A5 Journal & NU: Stone Flexible A5 Journal
    Busy B
    Pregnancy Journal
     
    Novelty Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Securit by Vermes BV
    3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit®
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Derwent Secret Map & Compass Pencil
    ZEBRA PEN (UK) LTD
    MILDLINER
    Handy Spelling
    Table Colouring Placement
     
    Social Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Envelopes Ltd
    Flutelopes
    Petra Boase Ltd
    GC-PBC-0006 Panda Balloon Card
    BrownTrout Publishers Ltd
    Stay Gold de Luxe Flat Notes
    Cambridge Imprint LLP
    The Concertina Card Range
     
    Writing Instruments over £25 RRP:
    Company
    Product
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Claim Your Style 849 Ballpoint Pen by Caran d'Ache
    Manuscript Pen Company
    Modern Calligraphy Gift Set
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Pineider Mystery filler demonstrator pen
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Troika Capmatic Pen
     
    Good Design – Sponsored by The Giftware Association:
    Company
    Product
    Paper Mirchi
    Handcrafted Artisan Gift Wrap
    VENT for Change
    Ideas Collection
    ExaClair Limited
    Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
     
    The ‘Best of the Best’ Judges’ Choice Award Winner will be announced on 30 April…
    Sat, 20/04/2019
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    Children are full of creative ideas: they love to paint, stick and cut up things to make the most impressive objects. For example, cardboard boxes are turned into houses, paper rolls become rockets and disposable bottles are given a new lease of life as unicorns. To promote this creativity, Creativeworld and the Frankfurt Children’s Office organise a donation campaign under the motto ‘Creative Aid’

    This year, for the tenth year running, Creativeworld and the Frankfurt Children’s Office called on companies exhibiting at the fair to donate their creative products for a good cause after the fair. And, once again, around 90 manufacturers from home and abroad donated a variety of materials including acrylic paints, water paints, coloured pencils, felt pens, pencils, erasers, modelling clay, glitter, stickers, adhesive, high- quality paper, pulp fabrics, screens and easels. “More than 3,000 children and young people from socially deprived areas of Frankfurt benefit every year from the donations we collect at Creativeworld. I am delighted that so many of our exhibitors support this campaign”, says Michael Reichhold, Creativeworld Director, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. “I consider it very important that we make this contribution to promoting creativity among young people.”

    The Frankfurt Children’s Office has its own stand at Creativeworld and can therefore make direct contact with exhibitors and tell them more about the project. “Most manufacturers know us and are highly committed to supporting our activities”, says Madeleine Michaelis, organiser of the donation campaign at the Frankfurt Children’s Office. “We are delighted that Messe Frankfurt makes this stand available to us free of charge. It puts us in the heart of the fair and enables us to coordinate the campaign more efficiently.” After the fair closes, young people from ‘Naxos Halle’, a youth club in the east of Frankfurt, and volunteers go through the halls and collect the donations. All materials are then transported to the Children’s Office warehouse where they are sorted and put on display. “When the teachers come to collect the donations, our warehouse looks like a specialist retailer’s for creative materials”, says Madeleine Michaelis.

    More than 50 facilities for children and young people benefit from the donations
    On 21 and 22 March, the doors of the Children’s Office warehouse in Frankfurt-Riederwald opened and teachers were able to choose whatever they wanted from the wide range of materials available. “Many of the teachers come with precise ideas about how the donations should be distributed. They have projects in the pipeline and they can look for suitable materials here”, says Madeleine Michaelis. Invitations were sent to over 50 facilities. As every year, they included kindergartens, primary schools, family centres, play groups and refugee homes.

    Nina Vietzke, social educator with the Rhein-Main-Bildung non-profit organisation: “It’s great that so many donations have been received. For us, it is a super opportunity to be able to choose from such a big selection of products with something for all ages: water paints for young people and coloured pencils and chalk for the little ones.” Valeria Horvat- Ramsperger, kindergarten teacher at the Kinderzentrum Lauterbacher Strasse, is delighted. “For us, it is like Christmas all over again here.
    There are valuable materials for our special activities as well as everyday articles, such as erasers, sharpeners, adhesives and pencils. We are planning decorations for our summer festival, Easter and Mother’s Day and will also be taking things for these occasions with us.”

    Children’s Art!: the exhibition by children for children
    Every year, the Frankfurt Children’s Office choose a theme around which the children and young people who have benefited from donations can create a work of art. One of these pictures, collages or objects is selected by the artists from each facility and made available for the Children’s Art! exhibition. “The theme for the 2019 exhibition was articles 13 and 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 13 covers freedom of expression and information while Article 17 deals with the right of access to media, including the protection of children and young people”, explains Madeleine Michaelis. “We have already chosen a subject for next year’s Children’s Art! – the focus will be on Article 241 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which revolves around a child’s right to good health.” The Children’s Art! exhibition is to be found in the Frankfurt Children’s Office in Schleiermacherstrasse 7 and is open to members of the public. “If a visitor likes a work of art, it is possible to purchase it via a donation, which would then go toward our ‘Sponsorship Fund’ for children up to 14 years of age whose parents cannot afford to pay for art, music or sport instruction”, says Madeleine Michaelis.

    The next Creativeworld will be held from 25 to 28 January 2020.

    Further information is available at: www.messefrankfurt.com

     

    Fri, 19/04/2019
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    Manuscript Pen Company is proud to announce that it will be unleashing its Lionheart Collection on the London Stationery Show.

    Buyers and retailers attending the show will be some of the first people in the United Kingdom to set eyes on the new product family. Specially developed as an educational tool for children, the range features ten colourful animal characters to appeal to kids of all ages.Lionheart features pens, writing tools and crayons to encourage the use of stationery for creativity and learning alongside digital tools.

    Whilst the Lionheart collection expands Manuscript’s offering to the next generation of budding writers, a colourful addition to Manuscript’s hand lettering offering is certain to impress.Usable as both a dry medium or a blendable wet-medium that changes colour as it’s used, the Aquabrush Markers are versatile for a range of styles.
    Each of the twelve pens in the range features a broad brush marker nib and a pigment that allows the pen to do much-more than just lettering.

    Alongside the Aquabrush range, Manuscript’s ShimmerInk’s are also set to shine. Working well with the collection of expertly handcrafted Leonardt nibs, the addition of ShimmerInk’s to the broad ink selection already on offer gives a modern twist to the traditional art of calligraphy.

    The British brand will be joined by Manuscript ambassador James Lewis, a Cardiff-based hand lettering expert whose three-dimensional artwork has attracted worldwide interest.
    Charlie Stockbridge, Managing Director at Manuscript said: “The Lionheart collection has been in development for over twelve months. We’ve worked with children, parents and teachers to create a range that meets educational requirements.

    “We’ve looked at creating a story behind the range and a family of characters to accompany each product. We’ve created something that consumers will keep returning to – it’s an attractive retail prospect.

    Charlie continued: “With everything we do at Manuscript, we’ve always got one eye on the future. We’ve always pushed the boundaries of calligraphy and creativity, bringing traditional crafts into the 21st Century.“This is a big year for us as a company as we expand our offering wider and to more people than ever before. We’ve got so much to show buyers and retailers – including two new projects that haven’t been shown before.”

    Manuscript’s sales team will be available throughout the show and are available to book for meetings. Email manuscript@manuscriptpen.com to book your appointment now.

     

    Sun, 14/04/2019
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    National Stationery Week has added another headline name to its list of sponsors, as stationery retailer Paperchase has signed up to kick off the annual campaign with #Paperchaseloveslists as the opening theme for Monday, April 29. 

    Paperchase is renowned for its unique stationery that is both stylish and functional, often spearheading the latest trends and seasonal styles online and in their stores across the UK. 

    Previously a key retail supporter, the stationery heavyweight will bring a wealth of creativity and innovation to the campaign – which is now in its eighth year. 
    Paige Newton, marketing manager at Paperchase, said that being part of National Stationery Week was an easy decision, “As a company, we are always looking to be innovative, eye-catching and creative in all the products we bring to market. 

    “I believe that National Stationery Week shares our values and we can’t wait to join them in celebrating the love of all things stationery this April.” 
    Vanessa Fortnam, head of content and PR for National Stationery Week and Stationery Show London, said: “We’re thrilled to have Paperchase on board for National Stationery Week. 

    “They are a brand with mass appeal for stationery lovers of all ages and there’s nothing better than a good ‘To do’ list to kick off the week!”

    National Stationery Week runs from 29th April – 5th May. Sponsors can still get involved with the campaign by emailing Vanessa on vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk or calling 01666 824624.

    Wed, 03/04/2019
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    Lodha Offset, INDIA has launched a variety of Notebook Designs for their ODM business in European Market. PSS got the opportunity to meet Samit and Namit Lodha the two bright and young Directors of the Company at the event. Taking some time out of their busy schedules of meetings with buyers at their booth B.70 in Hall 1.1, Samit Lodha graciously showed us the creative and eye catching designs.

    Apart from a large variety of designs, the four most sought after and hot selling designs of the season that garnered maximum inquiries were –

    1. Reversible Sequined Design Range
    2. Selfie slot design Notebook
    3. And Velvet Flocking Designs
    4. Holographic with Raised or embossed feel

    The reversible Sequined Designs particularly stood out with beautiful patterns of Sequined designs on Notebook covers. These designs would change both colour and pattern when one slides his/her fingers through to sequins and change their direction.

    We offer a whole range of customized design and patterns for Notebooks and other School and Office Stationery products” said Samit. He further added “The technology that goes behind printing our range of products is absolutely at par with International Standards, including the Inks that we use. The paper is sourced directly from reputed Mills in India that adhere to FSC standards required for Exports Market.

    On being asked about competition from Chinese products Namit also joined our conversation and said that their products don’t get compared with Chinese, as Lodha Offset products offer much superior quality in terms of our FSC certified Paper, Printing services and innovative designs.

    Sat, 30/03/2019

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