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    The countdown to the landmark 20th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair has entered its final few weeks, with buyers and exhibitors from around the world looking forward to a productive four days of business. As a hub of creative designs and innovative ideas, the fair will bring buyers face-to-face with today’s trendiest stationery items at specialist zones, a themed display area and a packed seminar programme. With around 200 international exhibitors in attendance, the fair to be co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will take place from 6–9 January 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    According to Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the upcoming fair will embrace modern elements as it enters the new decade: “Market trends such as the growing demand for eco-friendly products will be reflected through various elements of the 2020 fair. For example, in addition to hosting many exhibitors of green stationery, the fair’s seminar programme will include a presentation on green purchasing. The organisation of the fair is also being conducted with sustainability in mind. In previous years, we have reduced the consumption of paper and plastic by incorporating eco-friendly initiatives such as online registration systems and an e-fair catalogue. At the 2020 edition, we will take further steps, including a transition to LED lights at all exhibitor booths to reduce electricity consumption.”


    Stationery trends, retail models and green purchasing on the agenda at trend-setting seminar programme
    Together with the impressive product line-up that buyers will find in the aisles of the exhibition, visitors to the upcoming fair will have opportunities to gain valuable industry insights at the fair’s trend-setting seminar programme. The programme will inspire new avenues for business by promoting new product ideas and sales channels.


    One of the many highlights will be a seminar on current design trends delivered by Mr Masayuki Takabatake – also known as Japan’s ‘Stationery King’. The seminar will focus on the different types of stationery available in Japanese stores, such as water colour and ball point pens as well as high quality stationery available at reasonable prices. Another focus will be the role of stationery in the digital age. As tools for exchanging and recording information, pen and paper have been displaced by smart phones and computers. In this new age, buyers increasingly choose stationery based on pleasing aesthetics such as warm colours, interesting decorations, and attractive materials.


    New retail trends will also be a theme at a seminar delivered by Mr Eric Fu, the founder of Gift Idea. The company is a popular Hong Kong based retailer of stylish stationery and art materials. It is also a provider of calligraphy and painting workshops. In addition to exciting trends, it will also share information on best practices in the stationery retail industry.


    Another significant highlight of the seminar programme will be a presentation on green purchasing. Delivered by Mr Steven Choi Chun–pang, the Head of Certification for the Hong Kong Green Label Scheme, the presentation will include information on green labelling, a method of product differentiation that allows consumers to easily identify items that have been manufactured from eco-friendly materials. Green certification not only serves as an effective sourcing tool for buyers, it also acts as an effective marketing strategy that helps suppliers to improve their brand image.


    ‘All Kinds Alike’ display area to highlight shared aesthetics
    At each edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, a themed display area is set up to enthuse buyers with new ideas. The theme display area for the upcoming 20th edition has been confirmed as ‘All Kinds Alike’.


    The criteria for stationery displayed at the area includes warm colours, rectangular shapes and the use of three raw materials: wood, paper and metal. Stationery with these shared characteristics will be divided into separate groups based on functionality, materials and appearance.


    Apart from the themed display area, distinct product zones will also provide an efficient sourcing experience. The exhibition will be split into five separate zones: ‘Gift Stationery’, ‘Smart Office’, ‘Kids & School’, ‘Pen & Paper’ and ‘DIY Supplies’. In addition, there will be an international pavilion from renowned industry association – the Korea Stationery Industry Cooperative (KSIC).


    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. In 2019, the four fairs together gathered more than 130,000 buyers, creating plenty of business opportunities for exhibitors.


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

    How’s Hong Kong Now from Insiders’ View:

    Sat, 14/12/2019
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    The New York Stock Exchange-listed International Paper, the US-based paper major, has completed the sale of its controlling interest in International Paper APPM Limited, an India-based printing paper business, to West Coast Paper Mills Limited for about $85 million.

    The news of sale had impacted the company's scrip performance.

    International Paper intends to pursue suitable alternatives to divest its remaining 20 per cent ownership interest (7,954,008 shares) in APPM. Following a recent buyout, it divested about 55 per cent stake. And earlier it had divested about 17 per cent stake in the paper company located in Andhra Pradesh.

    International Paper is a leading global producer of renewable fibre-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia.

    Management change
    Following this development, WCPM has acquired control of the company.  While the Board headed by W Michael Amick Jr., of IP APPM resigned, SK Bangur, as CMD, Rajendra Jain, Anish T Mathew, Sudershan Somani and Arun Kumar Surekha, have been appointed as Directors.

    Saurabh Bangur will take over as the company CEO.

    Fri, 13/12/2019
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    Avision self-service copier is a unique product in the market. It can provide the printing and copy service in public areas such as airport, government offices, banks, schools, libraries and hotels. People will be able to print and copy by searching for Avision SSC nearby. In the first year itself, we plan to set up 3,000 locations and within three years to 10,000 units.

    Taiwan-based Avision has launched what it claims to be the world's first self-service copier (SSC) machine in India. Designed for the Indian market, the X2030 self-service copier integrates cloud printing, mobile payment and IoT technology to offer printing and copy service to the public, eliminating the need for a computer or service personnel.

    Making the copier easy to operate, the machine will have a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display. One doesn't need to connect it to an Ethernet cable. Now, it has been Wi-Fi-enabled (4G). The machine will be equipped with high-yield 4,000-page toner cartridges, will have a 250-sheet capacity tray and can print up to 30 copies per minute. It will also support mobile, cloud and USB printing and ID card copying. The machines can work 24/7.

    Claire Sung, Marketing Head, Avision says, "Avision self-service copier is a unique product in the market. It can provide the printing and copy service in public areas such as airport, government offices, banks, schools, libraries and hotels. People will be able to print and copy by searching for Avision SSC nearby. In the first year itself, we plan to set up 3,000 locations and within three years to 10,000 units." As Avision and its partners will invest in the copiers and system, the company expects to break even by six to 12 months.
    Most end-users in the country don't invest in a printer/copier because cartridges run dry quickly if not used regularly. Users often rely on the local photocopy and document-printing shops set up in every locality.  



    Mon, 09/12/2019
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    The theme of the convention was ‘Quality Concepts for cultural breakthrough’

    The 28th Chapter Convention on Quality Circles, Koraput Chapter was organised by JK Paper Mills October 17 and 18 at SC Jain Memorial Hall in Jaykaypur here. Twenty-Nine Quality Circles/Allied Circles teams and delegates from Indian Rare Earth Ltd at Chhatarpur, JK Paper Mills at Jaykaypur, NALCO at Damanjodi, Utkal Aluminum Ltd at Tikri, Vedanta Alumina Ltd at Lanjigarh, Hoffincons at Jaykaypur and Fimakem India Ltd. at Rayagada participated in this meet and presented their case studies.
    The convention was inaugurated October 17 by chief guest Vinay Dwivedi, Vice President (Manufacturing), JK Paper Mills. Prabhakar Rao, head engineering, Vedanta Alumina Ltd, Lanjigarh and Ram Shankar Das, Secretary, QCFI- Bhubaneswar Chapter were the chief speaker and chief judge in this meet.
    The valedictory function was organised October 18 in which Rabi Shankar Das, executive director, NALCO, Damanjodi graced the occasion as the chief guest. Biswajit Dwivedi, vice-president (commercial), of JK Paper Mills was the Guest of Honour. 
    The winning teams were given away prizes. Quality circle ‘Gloss’ from JK Paper Mills got the ‘Best of the Best’ award in this convention. All the participating quality circles and allied quality circles bagged the gold category award.


    Sun, 08/12/2019
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    The printer is so designed to meet the needs of both busy offices and production environments, which includes a 10-inch touchscreen, making it easy to access general functions as well as cloud and productivity apps that automate tasks for the mobile, always-connected office worker and professional user alike.

    The all-new Xerox PrimeLink C9065/C9070 printer delivers the most adaptable capabilities, superior image quality, and professional-grade finishing that comes along with advanced tools and automation. For the PrimeLink C9065/C9070, the accessory expands the device’s color capabilities and opens new doors to growth, allowing printers and creatives in all fields to produce brilliant and unique pieces such as booklets, greeting cards, flyers, invitations, posters, and signage.
    “We constantly strive to introduce cutting-edge products & technology to our customers that scale up the profitability margins for them. With the launch of our 2-in-1 capability of the print and scan engine, printers can push the boundaries of commodity print at a price point that is unmatched in the Indian market,” said Vineet Gehani, Director, Technology & Channels, Xerox India.
    The printer is so designed to meet the needs of both busy offices and production environments, which includes a 10-inch touchscreen, making it easy to access general functions as well as cloud and productivity apps that automate tasks for the mobile, always-connected office worker and professional user alike.
    Boosting productivity is the printer’s 270 impressions scanning and 70 ppm printing capabilities. Even at these speeds, the quality is true to type. The PrimeLink C9065/C9070 delivers best-in-class performance with 2400 x 2400 dpi color image quality, outstanding fine-line detail, images, color transitions, and color accuracy.

    Sat, 07/12/2019
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    Tamil Nadu Newsprint & Papers Ltd is embarking on the first phase of its Mill Expansion Plan (MEP) with an outlay of ₹1,100 crore at its Mondipatti unit in Tiruchirapalli District. The Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami flagged off the commencement of works for the capacity expansion through video conference at the Secretariat.
    TNPL has planned to enhance the capacity of its Unit II at Mondipatti village by 1,65,000 tonnes of paper per annum, by installing a Paper Machine along with a captive pulping facility, at an estimated capital outlay of ₹2,520 crore in two phases.
    The project will feature the installation of a state-of-the-art 400 tpd chemical hardwood pulping along with chemical recovery facility and augmentation of service utilities viz, captive power plant and wastewater treatment plant. Phase 1 expansion is expected to be completed by May 2021.

    Fri, 06/12/2019
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    Ballarpur Industries’ (BILT) sick unit near Kamalapur in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district in Telangana is expected to commence commercial operations by August next year.

    An assurance to the effect was given to KT Rama Rao, Minister for Industries, Government of Telangana by Nehar Agarwal, Chief Operating Officer, BILT at a review meeting. The paper unit had been closed since April 2014. As part of the revival plan, the State Government had agreed to clear BILT payments such as pending power bills, taxes and Forest Department arrears in instalments.

    The Minister expressed his ‘displeasure’ over the delay in reopening of the unit even after providing government incentives for revival. He also cautioned the management that in the event BILT misses the deadline again, the State government will cancel the incentives.



    Mon, 25/11/2019
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    As many as 38 containers of contaminated waste were diverted by Indonesian officials to India instead of the United States (US), Indonesian civil society group, ‘Nexus 3’ as well as Basel Action Network (BAN), a global waste watchdog formed under an international treaty, said.

    Carried out by 2 non-profits, the expose has claimed that other countries across Asia too bearing the brunt An Indonesian official sifts through hazardous and plastic waste. Plastic waste is being imported into India and other Asian countries, an expose by two civil society organisations claimed on October 28, 2019. India had banned the import of plastic waste from August 2019. 

    As many as 38 containers of contaminated waste were diverted by Indonesian officials to India instead of the United States (US), Indonesian civil society group, ‘Nexus 3’ as well as Basel Action Network (BAN), a global waste watchdog formed under an international treaty, said.

    Out of these 38, as many as 25 containers arrived at Indonesia on June 27, 2019, and August 2, 2019. They were supposed to contain mixed paper and were going to a paper recycling unit there.

    However, they were found to be mixed with hazardous and plastic waste. Therefore, these containers were supposed to be returned to the country of origin, that is, the US.

    The civil society groups, giving several proofs in their report, claimed that they instead arrived at the Adani port in Gujarat’s Mundra on September 6, 2019.

    As many as 15 of these containers were shipped on the Cosco Shipping Line from the Pacific Container Terminal in California, US. Ten others left the SA Marine T-30 Terminal in Seattle, Washington, in the May of 2019, the report said.

    Besides these 25 containers, another 13 containers were shipped from the US to Indonesia on July 18, 2019. They were also supposed to contain only paper for recycling but instead had plastic waste.

    Instead of being reshipped to the US, they instead made their way to Gateway Terminals India APMT at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Nhava Sheva, in Maharashtra, on August 24, 2019.

    Then, they were taken by a truck to their final location of Kanpur Concor CFS, Kanpur, on September 14, 2019.

    To buttress their claim, the civil society groups gave the exact date and timings of the respective consignments landing in India. They even attached screenshots of the containers’ journey at various points, from Indonesia to India. 

    While ‘Nexus 3’ received the container (consignment) numbers, BAN traced the origin and destination of these containers.

    The original US waste shipments were imported by the Indonesian paper recycling companies PT Mega Surya Eratama and PT Surabaya Mekabox located in East Java.

    “Since these shipments were allowed into India, a country that has actually banned the import of plastic waste, and were blocked from entering Indonesia due to being too contaminated with plastic waste, it appears that India is seriously lacking proper enforcement of their law,” Jim Puckett, Executive Director and Founder of Basel Action Network, told.


    Sat, 23/11/2019
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    Delhi Dealer’s Road show 2019 organised at India Habitat Centre in Delhi on 17th August, 2019. Mr. Steven Tan from Staedtler Mars gmBh was the Chief Guest of the show.

    Alpha International*, organised Delhi Dealer’s Road Show 2019 to present the complete range of Staedtler products available in India at India Habitat Centre in Delhi on 17th August, 2019.  Mr. Steven Tan from Staedtler Mars GmbH was the Chief Guest of the show. Alpha International took the opportunity to present some new products for the upcoming season. Management of the company interacted with their Distributors and Dealers of the region to promote the new products and promotional schemes. 

    Mr. Vikash Jain & Mr. Steven Tan gave the detailed presentation of the products and schemes. The Promotional schemes were an instant hit. 

    The schemes offered either bonus sales margins or additional incentives that were  highly appreciated by their dealers and distributors. This kind of event is organized on rotation basis in different cities. In this event more than 120 people were presented there.


    List of Distributors who were felicitated at the event for their outstanding performance in 2018-19

    • Satyam Sales Corporation, Delhi
    • Krishna Stationery House, Faridabad
    • Shree Parasnath Enterprises, Noida
    • Madhur Enterprises, Dehradoon
    • Malik Enterprises, New Delhi
    • Krishna Stationers, Delhi 
    Fri, 08/11/2019
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    Three years ago, in another avatar, I had co-led an initiative that gave me the first taste of Mumbai as a city-with-a-heart. The Railway Station Beautification project, Hamara Station Hamari Shaan, also celebrating Daan Utsav saw close to 25,000 people throng across various railway stations wanting to do their bit for the city. This is when I realised, there is an extended hand and there is a heart that is deeply connected to the giving hand. All that is needed is the right cause.

    Last year, as the Founder and CEO of Project Mumbai, when I first began talking about it, I realised that everyone seemed to be aware of the perils of plastic, but no one knew what to do next. The Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon was our simple and yet catchy initiative to inspire people. At Project Mumbai, we wanted people to do something for Mumbai. To participate and own the city which they felt so strongly for. When we announced the Recyclothon, making it an attractive offering, they responded, and how. Our propositions were simple — give away whatever plastic you can. We will pick it up from you and recycle it. Early this year, from the recycled plastic, we managed to make benches. We are now working on the feasibility of increasing the production of such benches, which can be installed in BMC gardens.

    So, while the 2018 Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon was a testing ground, this year, the 2019 Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon - Ek Baar Phir, has been a game-changer in terms of joy of giving. Celebrated to coincide with DaanUtsav, this time, we have made the Plastic Recyclothon bigger, better, more interesting, and meaningful. This year, we expanded our footprint beyond Mumbai, to Navi Mumbai and India’s biggest district - Thane. The response has been nothing less than overwhelming. We promised a free pick-up of the plastic items, any kind of plastic – bags, packets, pouches, mugs, broken buckets, bottles, sachets – from doorsteps. The only pre-condition being, they should register on our website with a detailed address, point of contact and choice of date. We kept the collection date from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, as India celebrates Daan Utsav.

    As registrations opened up, our office resembled a call centre with calls pouring in, registrations building up by the minute. From an 85-year-old from Peddar road bungalow in South Mumbai to a 40-year-old housewife in Kharghar in the distant suburbs. From a social activist in Bandra to a car dealer in Mira road, they all joined in. From individuals to housing societies; schools, colleges, and corporates, they all were in the rush to volunteer to donate plastic. And to spread the word.

    At last count, we now have close to 1,25,625 Mumbaikars planning to donate plastic through the Mumbai Plastic recyclothon-Ek Baar Phir. The number is only growing. Then began the logistics planning. Newspapers loved the idea and they began writing. Recyclers felt excited by the proposition. They also helped us with transport and drop off points, and interesting ideas in recycling.

    We also came up with two more offerings. Daan Mein Jaan was our way of urging people to come up with ways that plastic can be recycled into amenities for the city. Make manhole covers for Mumbai, suggested someone on our website. Plastic Daanav (little monsters) was our action call for schools and colleges. We also promised to see installations and reward the school with pencils recycled from plastic. For, larger housing societies, I thought why not use the plastic they have donated to convert it into big garbage bins.

    The timing was opportune too. Our job had been made easier by the Prime Minister, who had, in his Independence Day address, urged people to donate plastic and recycle it. We were two steps ahead. Not only had we started this initiative last year, but were scaling it up this time. To every individual plastic donor, we gifted them a cloth bag. Carry the cloth bag the next time you step out, we told them. Keep it tucked into your bike or car or in your purse, so you don’t feel tempted to pick a plastic bag from your vendor.

    Adding A Bit Of Colour        While offerings came pouring in, we were also concerned with the aesthetics. Support came in from students and faculty of the JJ School of Arts. They are going to help us provide designs to the amenities. Also, in case we get some plastic that is worth recycling, we plan to create Live Plastic art installations in public places, with messages conveying reduce and refuse. Or recycle. 

    Our web board is full of messages of support as well. People have begun offering support in all forms. A 14-year-old from Oberoi International School has said he wants to volunteer for anything that we do.

    Meanwhile, a retired IT professional from one of India’s best-known corporate firms says he has the time and inclination to volunteer. These are among at least a hundred others, including housewives, professionals and doctors, wanting to do something for their city. And there are scores of others wanting to do away with plastic.

    Inspired by this, I have decided to not let this movement be limited to Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai or Thane. Or not be limited to DaanUtsav either. The Plastic Recyclothon, by Project Mumbai was Ek Baar Phir, this year. It will surely be a Baar Baar Phir, from November. And do not be surprised if you see it taking place in a neighbourhood near you. In your city.


    What started as an idea, has now turned into a people’s movement. There certainly is Joy in Giving. 


    Thank you Mumbai.

    Writer: Shishir Joshi, 
    Founder and CEO of Project Mumbai


    Tue, 05/11/2019