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International Events

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    Booth No. A79 in Hall 3.0 displayed a range of eye-catching and wonderful designs of office and utility products. The stall belonged to Sentisina GmbH, a Germany based company founded in 2015. Sentisina design lab is an international design team of industrial designers and graphic designers, connected with investors and marketing experts to achieve a gapless transformation from the first design concept to final product.

    Among the array of products that were put up for display, one such product that caught attention was –“Blade Breaker”. Luckily we got the opportunity to speak with the designer of the product - Michael Satz. He explained us the Utility of the product, and how the design won him the “GERMAN DESIGN AWARD SPECIAL 2018”.

    “As you see here this Top Cover of the transparent Plastic Box has Two Slots to accommodate two different blade sizes” said Michael, as he showed us the Blade Breaker box. He further added “When you insert the worn-out blade edges in one of this slot and apply a little force, the blade chips off easily. Most importantly it does not fly off, drop down or cause any harm. Instead it falls in the container below thus offering you a collection of about 100g of High Quality Steel for every blade used in your office or factory

    The demo was really impressive. The blade breaker combines a tool for breaking off cutter blade segments with a collection box for the detached segments. It is suitable for all conventional cutters with break-off segments. Using blade breaker, the blade is automatically positioned at the correct angle, so that the break-line is parallel to that indicated on the blade. The breakage is so clean and easy that it totally eliminates any chance of injuries. Plus the advantage of accumulation of high quality steel for recycling made it an Award Winning product.

    Thu, 28/03/2019
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    This year KUM GmbH dedicated a section of the booth to the newly designed series of Sharpeners and other stationery items made of BIO PLASTICS.  Sabine Sack, Head of Sales, KUM GmbH introduced us to their brand new product line called “Blue Ocean” series. “We are proud to be the first in the market with stationery products made of Bio Plastics” she said.

    Here we must inform our readers about Bio Plastics. Bioplastics are plastics derived partially or in whole from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, food waste, etc. Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms.

    The advantage of Bio Plastics is that apart from taking less time to break down when discarded, biodegradable plastics can also be recycled and are non-toxic since they contain no chemicals or toxins compared to other types of plastics that can emit harmful chemicals, especially if burned.To begin with KUM has developed a sharpener range called CUB3, scales and set squares with Bio Plastics.  As one would notice there is no visible difference in Blue Ocean range of products from their Fossil fuel based Plastic range.

    When asked about the reason for the shift in raw material for Blue Ocean range, Sabine said “Due to their universal properties, fossil based raw materials like Plastics in this case, are used extensively in products that we use in day to day life. Today it may appear normal, but going by the rate, at which these fossil fuels are depleting, in the foreseeable future these will be a thing of the past. As a responsibility to future generations and to protect limited resources we feel obliged to produce sustainable products.”

    We at PSS congratulate KUM and convey our best wishes for taking a pioneering step for conserving the environment for future generations.


    Thu, 28/03/2019
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    Recently PSS visited Paperworld Germany, an event organized by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Gmbh, Germany. There we had an opportunity to meet Mr. Vipul Bhargava, General Manager – Sales and Marketing of Anchor Groups - Writing Instrument division. Established in 1964, Anchor group grew at a fast pace under the proficient leadership of Shri Jadhavji Lalji Shah. The brand ANCHOR became a household name. In 2007 the company sold its electrical  business to Panasonic and thereafter  ventured into diversified business such as Writing Instruments , Paints, Reality and also into Electricals, the groups passion.

    The writing instruments business is being headed by Mr. Mehul Shah, elder son of Shri Jadhavji Shah. The company sell’s  pens  under two brands mainly “Anchor” & “ITALIA” pens. Anchor Pens focuses mainly on mass product and ITALIA Pens in metal pens. The Writing instrument division is fast growing in the domestic as well as international market. The brand is in the process of launching many new products for the masses and the classes. The company also plans to very shortly launch a wide range of school and office stationery like White board markers, Permanent markers, wooden pencils, Sharpeners, Erasers etc. to name some.

     When asked about any new products launched recently, Vipul ji informed us in detail about the competitive new range of Pens with attractive designs. “We have launched a new brand called “DELA”. This is basically a mass production pen with a triangle grip. What we have tried is, to give a little facelift to our mass production writing instruments to make them look attractive and offer maximum margins to the retailers than most of our competitors.

     The company is very focused on this division  and is developing new products for both the domestic and international markets. The company is also setting up a new plant at Sukhesh near Vapi to increase their per day production. The plant would be fully operational by April 2019.

    Thu, 28/03/2019
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    Established in 1994, Green & Associates (HK) Ltd. describes itself as design agency that offers innovative, unique and contemporary designer products such as photo frames, housewares, desktop accessories etc. 

    In 2009 the company decided to dedicate a range for products which will be designed and manufactured using the concepts of Recycle, Reuse and Regenrate. It was named as OOObject. We at PSS got a chance to meet the company’s founder Mr. Gewah Lam Cheong-leung and his Marketing Director, Denise Ng. This time around they had come with one of their remarkable and viable product concept called “30X30 Verse Biodegradable Pens” that included pens made of 1/3rd recycled food waste.

    Denise explained us the benefits “According to a report from United Nation, 1/3 of of all food produced is wasted or lost because of inappropriate practices or handling. We purposely designed this range of “30 X 30 biodegradable Pens” made of food wastes. At first, there were 30 kinds of food wastes, the series has been expanded to 45 kinds of food wastes. Now, it is extended to the wastes of fabric rags, wood chips, threads, pokers, books, ceramic, etc.”

    Denise highlighted an interesting aspect. He said that they prefer to call this project as “Upcycling” instead of “Recyling” as they are utilizing food waste into a useable daily life product that “for e.g. in Aloe Vera range, we collect waste aloe leaves directly from Cosmetic factories in china, for almonds shell range we collect the shells from Nuts factories

     The body of the pens is 100% biodegradable. Infact the Plastic tip , cap and the end cap are made of PP which is at first processed with a biodegradable agent that increases the biodegradability rate by upto 5 times. OOObject also has a range of “FI-NE pens” - Pens upcycled from fishing nets; and “WBO Pens” - Pens upcycled from drink bottles.


    Wed, 27/03/2019
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    WhiteFurze is a UK based company that manufactures excellent storage solutions across different categories ranging from Housewares, Garden products to Food and Office storage solutions.

    WhiteFurze is a UK based company that manufactures excellent storage solutions across different categories ranging from Housewares, Garden products to Food and Office storage solutions. The boxes are sturdy and innovatively designed to serve a variety of purposes. 

    “We have excellent stockholding levels. Thanks to our warehousing space which fits 22,000 pallet spaces allowing for prompt lead times for our customers.  We have been able to achieve this because of our privately owned manufacturing facility allowing a degree flexibility to cater to specific requirements of our clients” said Scott Hudspith, Export Sales Coordinator, Whitefurze Ltd.


    He further added “The boxes are designed so that they can cleverly stack or nest to help you use space effectively. Mix and match co-ordinated lids are available in transparent and a range of vibrant colours.”


    Some of the fast moving range of boxes are – 

    • Spacemaster and Spacemaster Extra
    • Hinged Allstore
    • Carry Boxes
    • Utility Boxes
    • and Stack and Store

    All these boxes come in a wide range of sizes which can find a variety of uses in our day to day life for e.g. - keeping arts & crafts, children's stationery and smaller office items organised.

    Mon, 25/03/2019
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    Deforestation adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than any other thing.

    Trees give us life. Since our childhood days we are taught that “Trees” are the most important aspect for our survival on the earth. Still the fact is that we hardly ever think of saving Paper which is one industry that is almost completely dependent on Trees and uses abundant water.

    It is so heartening to come across a company that is only one of the few which has not only shown concern about global warming but also devised an innovative process to protect our Trees and save on water. Stone Paper is a company from Netherland that is named after their product “Stone Paper”. PSS got the opportunity to interact with Marc Heddes, General Manager, Stone Paper. Marc then introduced us to their unique and innovatory idea “As the name suggests “Stone Paper” is an environmental friendly tree free Paper that can be used to make Stationery, Paper bags and packages by using a mixture made of 80% mineral powder (Calcium Carbonate) and 20% Recycled HDPE (recyclable)  with crushed Natural Stone.” 

    He further added “Apart from saving 18 trees that would have been required to make 1 tonne paper from wood pulp, the CO2 exhaustion is also dramatically lower in production of Stone Paper. Therefore the production process is very clean. No water is used, no bleach or chemical solutions and of course not a single tree is felled.

     Stone Paper is 100% waterproof and liquids have no effect on the material. If it gets wet, you can simply dry it. Printing on Stone Paper is possible for every quality offset printer by taking care of its unique characteristics.

    A product is said to be environment friendly either if it is biodegradable or Recyclable. Therefore our next question was about the recyclability of Stone Paper. Marc said “It's not biodegradable because Stone Paper consists 80% of calcium carbonate and 20% HDPE. But one can recycle it multiple times. Plus you have to consider the whole story about production process and what kind of energy is used in production of STONE PAPER vis-à-vis PULP Based PAPER. For example if you want to produce pulp paper. You need a lot of water, lot of energy and Trees are felled. Whereas the production process of our Paper is lower by more than 67 percent.

    Tue, 19/03/2019
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    Paperworld Middle East 2019
    18-20 March 2019
    Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Mystery Box and Corporate Gifts Avenue among new features at region’s foremost trade fair for paper, stationery, and office supplies

     whole new world of potential business opportunities awaits thousands of regional trade buyers, distributors, retailers, corporations, and educational institutes at the upcoming edition of the Paperworld Middle East 2019 exhibition in Dubai.

    ‘More than Paper’ is the underlying theme of the region’s foremost trade fair for stationery, office supplies, toys and games, and organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East is staying on course with an expanded product line-up and special programme of value-added events.

    In its 9th edition in 2019, Paperworld Middle East has over the years continually added to its fast-growing product range. In its previous edition in February 2018, it added Leatherworld to the exhibition floor, presenting the region’s only B2B platform for finished leather goods and accessories.

    A new Corporate Gifts section was also introduced to the show in 2018, while a revamped Playworld Pavilion replete with children’s toys and games was well received by more than 7,000 visitors from 90 countries at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    That’s in addition to regular features such as the Wrap Star competition and the Green Room for sustainable stationery and office supplies, while a three-day seminar programme ensured industry professionals and insiders were kept up-to-date with the latest Middle East market trends.

    Now Messe Frankfurt Middle East is upping the ante, and is introducing more creative and playful initiatives that further underline Paperworld Middle East’s More than Paper tagline when it opens from 18-20 March 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    More than 300 exhibitors from 40-plus countries are expected to participate in the next edition of the annual three-day event.  All the regular features are again returning, while among the new highlights next year is the Corporate Gifts Avenue aimed at the discerning buyer. 

    The exclusively designed area toward the centre of the show floor will comprise a row of manufacturers and suppliers of high-end corporate gift items, from luxury confectionery and high-tech gadgets, to unique accessories and niche leather goods.

    Meanwhile, another new addition to the highly-popular Playworld Pavilion early next year is the Mystery Box, a balloon shaping competition hosted in partnership with American balloon manufacturing company Qualatex and its Gulf region’ s distributor Gravitas International.

    The competition will invite various Middle East balloon shaping artisans – from event planners and wedding organisers, to specialist gift stores and toy retailers – to shape their own balloon creations from a selection of Qualatex balloons hidden inside individual boxes.

    “The Mystery Box competition and Corporate Gifts Avenue are examples of how Paperworld Middle East continues to evolve, as we draw inspiration from, and capture the imaginations of professionals across a broad range of related industry segments,” said Alexandria Robinson, Paperworld Middle East’s show Director.

    “Whether a wholesaler or distributor, a corporation or commercial end-user, a buyer of corporate gifts or an owner of toys, baby and kids stores, there is really something for everyone at Paperworld Middle East.  We’re continuing to leverage the synergies of different industries to offer our exhibitors and visitors more networking opportunities.”

    Returning regular exhibitors to Paperworld Middle East 2019 include UAE-based manufacturers Farook International Stationery and Capital Envelopes, while spearheading the international charge are the likes of The Navigator Company and Bi-Silque from Portugal.

    Others include Italian companies Carioca, and Stilolinea, while Mitsubishi Pencil, Pilot, Shachihata, and Zebra will all return from Japan.  The international appeal of Paperworld Middle East 2019 will be further underlined by country pavilions from Germany, Korea, and a debut pavilion from Sri Lanka.

    More information is available at 


    Tue, 15/01/2019
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    The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, is going to welcome its 19th edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from today i.e. 7th jan and it will be there till 10th. The four-day fair will attract an estimate of around 260 exhibitors from across the globe, and more than 21,000 international visitors.

    Exports grow as demand from the Chinese mainland rises

    Hong Kong stationery exports are regaining momentum after experiencing a setback in 2015. In 2017, a 4% increase was recorded and the export volume remains steady in the first quarter of 2018. The Chinese mainland, which recorded a 16.7% increase in export value last year, remains the major market, accounting for more than half of Hong Kong’s total stationery exports in 2017.

    World leading statistics company Statista also showed optimism towards the stationery market as they expect global revenue for the “Hobby and Stationery” segment to reach USD176 billion in 2018, and an annual growth rate of 9.6% between 2018 and 2022.

    Distinct product zones and key pavilions for an enhanced sourcing experience

    The upcoming fair will be organised into five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office, for an easy-to-navigate sourcing environment. Another element that adds value to the fair, is support from the industry across Asia. The fair will continue to feature pavilions from Korea and Taiwan in cooperation with renowned industry associations, the Korea Stationery Industry Cooperative (KSIC) and the Taiwan Association of Stationery Industries.




    Mon, 07/01/2019
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    To be at the forefront of new developments and to keep its customers enthusiastic – that is what the retail trade wants. ‘Staging’ is the buzzword to guarantee a successful business year 2019 for the paper, office supplies and stationery trade. At tomorrow’s workplace it is all about “perspectives for the future.” It is with this in mind that Paperworld, from 26 to 29 January 2019, will be offering inspiration and sector expertise in its complementary programme.

    The leading international trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery will be showing its visitors in Frankfurt am Main both the latest developments for tomorrow’s workplace (visionary office) and the latest trends in private paper and stationery requisites (stationery trends). Both the approximately 1,600 exhibitors and the wide variety of the complementary programme will be showing what is new in the two segments.

    The events at Paperworld offer added value to wholesalers, retailers and the specialist trade, for bookshops, the internet and mail-order trade, and for trade buyers from major companies. “We are investing in a varied and high-quality complementary programme, in order to offer our visitors a profit-making further-training platform. At the same time we wish to give the sector some fresh incentives, to support the trade and to address new target groups”, says Michael Reichhold, Paperworld Director. On all four days of the fair, visitors will experience special presentations, trend-oriented events, talks on specialist subjects, and high-profile award ceremonies.

    Participation in the complementary programme is already included in the ticket price. A valuable service is provided by the digital event calendar, which is available on the Paperworld website. There visitors will find the dates of all events at a glance and can form their personal programme for an efficient visit to the fair.

    The visionary office: events and information on every aspect of the modern office workplace

    The ‘visionary office’ section will be showcasing products which will make tomorrow’s workplace into a modern office. This selection – unique in the world – of office equipment and facilities, organisation and presentational vehicles, office paper, writing and drawing implements, EDP and printer accessories, and recycled printing materials will be supplemented by a high-quality complementary programme.

    In Hall 3.0 C51 the complementary programme will concentrate entirely on the Future Office. This time the innovation forum, featuring a talks programme and exhibition area, will be focusing on ‘flexibility.’ Through this focus once again Paperworld will be illuminating a current topic of the future and a subject engaging the sector.

    “Flexible design of office premises, zone concepts, clean desk and mobile devices are the answers to flexible working requirements. That is why companies are investing increasingly in new concepts and office facilities and in mobile terminals. The Future Office will be showing how this can be put into practice at the workplace”, says Michael Reichhold. It is about flexible working hours and mobile work locations, but it is also about agile office concepts – such as zones for individual and concentrated work, meeting rooms and areas for social intercourse. “A particular feature of the special show will be its close spatial linkage with the exhibition area, communication zones and talks area”, says architect André Schmidt from Matter Architects in Berlin, curator of the special presentation. Two special topic days, especially for architects, planners and facility managers, will also be on the agenda.

    A NEW presentation in 2019 will be New Envelope – Packaging for E-Commerce in Hall 3.0 C31. The e-commerce in mail-ordering theme park, presented by the Association for the German Envelope Industry (Verband der deutschen Briefumschlag-Industrie e.V. (VDBF)) for the first time at Paperworld, will be a market place for internet retailing, packaging and postal -service providers and operators of the trading platforms associated with them. The exhibition area will showcase various packaging solutions for the shipment of e-commerce products. “We are very pleased to have this partnership with the VDBF, which will present this topic, of such high contemporary relevance to the sector, in a comprehensive way at Paperworld. That will be a genuine addition and a valuable perspective into the future”, says Michael Reichhold. Specialist talks will also be held, on the focal topic of “e-commerce cleverly packaged.”

    In Hall 5.1 D54 all visitors to the four-day congress, the ‘Remcon Seminars’, at the Remanexpo product area will be able to find out about the latest developments in reconditioned printer consumables and hard-copy components. Current topics such as Brexit and its impact on the sector, or digital-marketing and social-media strategies will also be considered in the talks. The congress is free of charge and the talks will be given in English. The high-profile recycling awards will also be presented to selected representatives of the sector in the Congress Area. The congress and the prize-giving are being organised by Paperworld in collaboration with the trade journal The Recycler.

    The Paperworld Assistants’ Day will be an exclusive special-topic day especially for office-assistant staff. For them it is important to keep up to date about the latest paper, office supplies and stationery products and office trends, since they are themselves often involved in the selection and purchase of office materials. On Saturday 26 January 2019 experts will be giving practical recommendations in talks. In his talk “Personality has impact”, for example, Crístián Gálvez will be inspiring his listeners to show themselves from their best side and to bring authenticity and enthusiasm to their work. In the Europa Saal (entrance in Foyer of Hall 4.0) the event will also be offering an opportunity to talk and exchange notes with other assistant staff and experts. Participation at a charge and only after pre-registration at

    Paperworld Procurement is intended for buyers from companies and public-administration authorities with more than 100 office workplaces. This exclusive business programme will take place on Monday 28 January 2019 in the Europa Saal (entrance in Foyer of Hall 4.0). The linkage between a talks programme with major speakers, an exhibition area featuring the Office Gold Cub with well-known brand manufacturers from the sector, and excellent networking opportunities is designed especially for the participants. Keynote speaker Kristina zur Mühlen, well-known TV journalist and chairperson, in her talk entitled “In which future do we want to live? - How we deal with digital change”, will be encouraging the audience, through her own thoughts, to see changes as an opportunity. Participation only after pre-registration at

    On Sustainable Office Day on Tuesday 29 January 2019 everything will focus on the subject of sustainability. In talks and discussions experts will provide insights into the latest developments in the sustainable office world and consider the challenges posed by ecologically fair procurement. The talk by Monika Missalla-Steinmann, PR director at the Agency for Renewable Raw Materials (Fachagentur für nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)), will be devoted to the sustainable office and office products made from renewable materials. Likewise part of the programme will be the “Office and Environment” prize-giving and the announcement of the competition for 2019. This special-topic day is free to all fair visitors and will take place in the Europa Saal (entrance in Foyer of Hall 4.0).

    For more information, please visit our website at: I I



    Sat, 22/12/2018
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    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr. Ashish Jain, Maxton Global Ltd. We asked him about upcoming show " School & Office Expo Vietnam (9-11 Jan., 2019)”. Here are the few excerpts of the Interview.

    Q. What areas (regions/countries) does the expo primarily cover?

    Mr. Ashish Jain: Scope of the show is east Asia where we expect visitors from Vietnam & neighbouring countries like  Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong etc. Hosted buyers are from -  Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Czech etc. We may host more distributors also as still talking to buyers. Registered exhibitors are from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam & India etc.

    Q. How would you describe the current state of the school and office supplies/stationery industry in these markets?

    Mr. A.J.: Vietnam stationery industry has witnessed foreign investments in stationery industry with several Japanese & Chinese companies setting up plants in Vietnam. Some prominent companies are Tombow Pencil, LIHIT LAB & Plus Corporation of Japan who have setup manufacturing plants in Vietnam.

    Q. Is this a growing market and if so, why?

    Mr. A.J.:Yes, there has been consistent growth in both manufacturing & imports because of overall growth & development in the economy over the last few years. With greater emphasis on education and vocational training, demand for stationery and related products has also witnessed a substantial rise. There has also been an increase in the number of commercial organisations & multi-national companies setting up offices in the region.

    Q. What are the key opportunities for players in the Vietnamese school and office supplies/stationery sector?

    Mr. A.J.: Ho Chi Minh City is the leading distribution centre for Vietnam. Other countries that are significant importers of stationery include Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines. Vietnam services not only domestic requirement but also distributes to Laos & Cambodia.

    Q. Why did you decide to launch a B2B stationery show in Vietnam? Have there been any previous events of this nature?

    Mr. A.J.: Based on the estimates the current population of Vietnam is over 94 Million. It’s a reasonably big population & a growing economy certainly present opportunities not only in stationery but other industries as well. There have never been any stationery, school & office supply focused events in Vietnam.

    Q. What other international events – if any – are you competing with?

    Mr. A.J.: We don’t feel we are competing with any other events in Vietnam for stationery sector. There have never been any stationery shows in Vietnam before and it was time to organise one.

    Q. How are you attracting both trade visitors and exhibitors?

    Mr. A.J.: We did extensive email campaigns, direct marketing & advertisements. We expect buyers not only from Vietnam but also from neighbouring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines etc. We will also be hosting important importers from the region during the show. This should ensure that our exhibitors get to meet quality buyers from the region.


    Fri, 21/12/2018