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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, will be welcoming its 19th edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre next year from 7 – 10 January. 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[1]. 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.

    Highly praised by exhibitors

    With its long history and strong connection with international buyers, many exhibitors see the fair as a must-attend event of the year. One such exhibitor is PT. Solo Murni, the second biggest stationery manufacturer in Indonesia, who will be joining the fair for the 7th consecutive year in 2019. “At the 2018 edition, we introduced a new range of high quality copy paper which received a number of solid business enquiries from American and Asian buyers. We will be here again next year to promote another new product. The fair is definitely a valuable place as a gateway to the market trends and product developments in the Asia Pacific region.” said Mr Johnson Ho, Vice President of the company.

    Another returning company will be Wenzhou Kaiwen Stationery & Sports Manufacturing Co Ltd from the Chinese mainland – an exhibitor at the previous 5 editions of the fair. “HKISF is an important platform for us to tap into global markets, and as such we will keep coming back. To stay competitive in the market, we launch new products with popular designs at every edition of HKISF.” said Ms Wendy Zhang, Sales Manager of the company. “The result of our participation in the previous edition was satisfying. The visitor flow was great and our booth attracted quite a lot of visitors from Europe, the US, Japan and Southeast Asia who have serious intentions to develop long term business relationships with us. Moreover, we received orders from buyers in Thailand and Korea.”

    Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd, the largest pencil manufacturing company in India, first joined the fair in 2017. They have plans to return to the fair in 2019 as they believe it provides a golden opportunity to expand their business into the Asia Pacific market. “The show is a great opportunity to display our capabilities within the strong Asian stationery market. Through our participation, we received several big orders from stationery brands in the surrounding Asia Pacific countries. We’ll be back next year for another successful, well-organised and trend-setting show.” said Ms Priyanka Narvekar, Marketing Manager of International Business at the company.

    Synergy for more business opportunities

    The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held concurrently with the HKTDC’s Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Licensing Show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Both the Toys & Games Fair and the International Licensing Show are the largest fairs of their kind in Asia. The four fairs together will gather approximately 126,000 buyers, creating more business opportunities for participants.

    For further information about the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, please visit

    Sun, 28/10/2018
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    With the money raised at this year’s World Kids Colouring Day, STAEDTLER presented a cheque of £19,252 to Plan International on 13th August. 

    STAEDTLER supports the aid organisation, Plan International’s project ‘school education for kids in Malawi’ and this year has seen the tenth anniversary of the World Kids Colouring Day. 

    The aim is to promote kids being creative together and at the same time to support children in need. Over a period of two months, children from all over the world sent in their artistic masterpieces around the theme ‘quite typical.’ 

    For each drawing 1 Euro was given to the school project in Malawi. STAEDTLER matched the number of submissions, presenting 21,450 Euros to Plan International. 

    The call for participation in the World Kids Colouring Day reached kids, school classes and organisations all over the world. In total, STAEDTLER received 21,450 submissions from more than 14 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Kids between 3-11 years could participate individually or in groups. 

    With the theme ‘quite typical,’ this year’s World Kids Colouring Day focused on cultural characteristics that children come across in their everyday lives and that decisively shape them. The kids decided what they considered quite typical. 


    Tue, 11/09/2018
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    HP has launched four new Ink Tank Printers in India for Home and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) users. The wireless HP Ink Tank 415 and 419 printers are aimed at MSMEs as they are said to print thousands of pages at "ultra-low" cost-per-page. There are also the HP Ink Tank 315 and 319 printers, which are priced at Rs 11,845 and Rs 12,513 respectively. 

    The Key features include:

    Mobility Optimized with Wi-Fi Direct

    Driving Businesses with High-Quality Ink

    Smooth Operations with a Spill-Free Refill System


    Product Pricing and Availability in India

    The new HP Ink Tank Printer series, which also includes the HP Ink Tank 315 Printer and HP Ink Tank 319 Printer, are now available in India through qualified channel partners or directly through HP.

    • The HP Ink Tank Wireless 415 Printer at INR 14,812
    • The HP Ink Tank 315 Printer at INR 11,845
    • The HP Ink Tank 419 Wireless Printer at INR 15,493
    • The HP Ink Tank 319 Printer at INR 12,513
    Tue, 28/08/2018
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    Stationery superheroes Artline have teamed up with eye care specialists a to launch a summer colouring competition with a difference.

    The specialist marker brand are inviting children to visit one of Scrivens’ 181 stores and design a pair of glasses, with a few lucky winners receiving an Artline Art Kit. Children can simply pop into their local store, pick up a colouring sheet and let their imagination run wild. Scrivens are asking budding artists to donate £1 to enter, with all funds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    And, whilst summer plans are still in full flow, the imminent return to school is never too far away.

    One important part of this planning is making sure your family have had their regular eye checkup, with summer being the perfect time to get young ones and parents eyes tested.  Thanks to Artline, if you go into any Scrivens you will be greeted with a colourful task to keep little hands busy while waiting for your appointment.

    Jasmine Jones, Business Development Manager for Shachihata Europe added that the partnership with Scrivens was the perfect fit for both brands: “When being creative, especially in fine detail, it is important to take care of eyes. Close up work, lighting and working outdoors all effect how your eyes react and - of course - how creative your work can be.“We wanted to help Scrivens spread that message and they will be offering us lots of hints and tips for our creative consumers. Hopefully, we can give busy parents a well-earned break, by allowing their kids to get creative!


    Find out more about the competition and Artline’s back to school offering by visiting

    Sun, 19/08/2018