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    Japanese stationery and office products manufacturer Kokuyo has indirectly taken a 37% stake in compatriot pen maker Pentel through an investment fund, the company said.

    Kokuyo, the country's leading maker of stationery products with a strength in notebooks, will invest 10.1 billion yen ($92 million) in a fund operated by Mercuria Investment, which currently serves as the largest shareholder of Pentel. Kokuyo will become the fund's, and through it, Pentel's top shareholder.

    Kokuyo said that it had been sounded out by Mercuria when the investment firm began to consider a sale of ILP and that it came to the conclusion that “an alliance with Pentel has solid strengths that will enable both the company and Pentel to further improve our corporate value and allow us to make the leap to becoming a top player in the global stationery market”.

    Pentel is an unlisted company known for producing the world's first modern mechanical pencil in 1960. More recently its colorful gel ink ballpoint pen has won a devout following around the world.
    Kokuyo aims for growth in Asia, where stationery demand is expected to increase, and other markets by tapping Pentel's overseas sales network.


    Wed, 29/05/2019
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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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    Elkos Pens team is excited to introduce Trend, its new ball pen as an extension to their wide range of office and classroom products.

    Featuring an attractive foil design, Trend is crafted with Korean technology with long lasting refill and well-designed scientific rubber grip for hassle free & smooth writing.                                   

    The trendy look, metalized font cone and unbreakable pc cap is all about huge on performance and look hence, differentiating it from the rest.

    The brand has always been a mark of excellence and has endeavored to deliver the best offering to its consumer. 

    These innovative foil designed pens capture the essence of brand. While a smooth writing experience remains the key buying factor, the new trend is being set to meet the demands of a growing class of consumers who are conscious of the designs and brands they use. 

    There is an increasing move towards look and feel of the products that one uses, as it viewed as an extension of ones personality and has become a part of ones lifestyle.said Mr. Vijay Singh, Assistant Manager- Marketing, Elkos Pens Ltd.

    1pcs Single Box
    10 pcs hanger/10 pcs card pack
    100/100 pcs Inner Box
    800/1200 pcs Master Carton 

    Pricing and Availability:
    Elkos Trend ball pens is now available with retailers across India. It has been priced very competitively. You can follow the latest company updates on

    Thu, 16/05/2019
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    ITC chairman YC Deveshwar died on May 11 in a Gurugram hospital. He was 72, and was ITC’s longest serving corporate head. He transformed the cigarette major into a diversified player with interests in FMCG, hospitality, IT and other sectors and boosted the power of “packaging”.

    Conferred the Padma Bhushan for his service to the nation, Deveshwar championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth and the transformative role businesses could play in creating larger societal value. This vision drove ITC to pursue business models that today supports over six million livelihoods, many amongst the weakest in society.

    Sanjiv Puri, the Managing Director of ITC Ltd. said in an official statement, “We deeply mourn the passing away of YC Deveshwar, chairman ITC. In this hour of profound grief and sorrow, we recall with respect and pride the legendary stewardship he provided to ITC over two decades as its chairman. Inspired by patriotic fervour, manifest in his clarion call of ‘Lets Put India First’, he led ITC’s strategic thrust to create an exemplary Indian enterprise dedicated to  serving national priorities.”

    Sat, 11/05/2019
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    Having gained immense support, popularity and loyalty from its regular customers as well as new clientele in the city’s Appa Balwant Chowk, FC Road, Kothrud, Magarpatta and Wanowrie localities, the family-owned business has now opened its doors in Baner. 
    The new store has already conducted its first successful drawing competition and plans to continue holding events related to arts and crafts. 
    Venus Traders stocks the A-Z of stationery products, art and crafts materials, office and storage supplies and other day-to-day objects, all sourced internationally and locally. Fair prices, top notch quality products and their commitment to the sector have ensured the brand’s success and growth in Pune city. 

    For more updates, you can follow them on 
    Facebook (@VenusTradersPune) and Instagram (@venustraders).

    Thu, 02/05/2019
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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
  • 290

    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

    Mon, 29/04/2019
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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 to book your appointment now.


    Sun, 14/04/2019
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    Navneet Education's youth stationery brand, Youva, is releasing its new television commercial (TVC) starring brand ambassador Prithvi Shaw. The Youva campaign, conceived by Flagship Advertising Agency, marks first TVC with the young batting prodigy, going on air in 2019.

    The TVC is a fun, energetic story that brings out Shaw's cool side. while still showcasing his ​talent. The TVC communicates the fact that Prithvi is so well-loved and looked up to by today's Youvas with his dedication towards the sport, as well as his playful nature. Being cool comes naturally to him and he embodies Youva's core positioning of "It's Cool" quite effortlessly. Whether he is conversing with his coach, playing his shots or having fun with the kids. Prithvi is every bit the cricketer, the mentor & the cool friend we all wish we have.

    Navneet Education Ltd. MD Shailendra Gala commented, "We are proud to associate with Prithvi Shaw. He is a prodigy, has a bright future and has all the attributes we are looking for. He is young and enthusiastic,  goes the distance & is also a youth icon, which resonates well with Youva which is targeted at the young audiences of India. The TVC uses the product placement very smartly, with the Youva Prithvi Shaw notebooks held in the children's arms. One of the best parts about the creative execution is that it is a story-oriented brand film which we hope is a delight to watch."



    Tue, 02/04/2019
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    The three consumer-goods fairs in Frankfurt – Christmasworld,Paperworld and Creativeworld – successfully opened the newbusiness season with future-oriented topics and the latest trends.3,119 exhibitors from 68 countries inspired the national andinternational trade with innovations from the fields of seasonal andfestive decoration, paper, office supplies and stationery, andhobby, handicrafts and artists’ requisites.

    More than 87,000 visitors from 161 countries made their way to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre to discover highlights and new products for their businesses at the three leading international trade fairs. “The high level of internationality is one of the most decisive qualitative factors of our events. The outstanding visitor quality and the personal contacts are also unique features whereby interactivity, emotionalization and intelligent links between the analogue and digital worlds are the main driving forces for the coming business season. And our trio of fairs generate the right impulses for this”, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. The trade-fair trio confirmed its role as the international market place for innovations and an indispensable business platform for the exchange of information.

    Paperworld scores with future-oriented trends

    With its range of office and stationery products, as well as a comprehensive complementary programme of events, Paperworld is in tune with the latest developments. The world’s biggest trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery presented new themes for the sector to get visitors and exhibitors fit for a profitable business year in 2019 “We are delighted with the large number of exhibitors, which proves that Paperworld is the world’s most important trade fair for the paper, office supplies and stationery sector. A total of 1,668 exhibitors from 64 countries made presentations during the four days of the fair. With renewed growth for the second year running, we have provided a stable foundation for the sector – and this despite the challenging situation in the market”, says Stephan Kurzawski, Senior Vice President, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.

    According to this year’s exhibitor poll, around two thirds of companies were very pleased with the visitor standard. Almost 80 percent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the fair. Accordingly, over three quarters of exhibitors stated that they were highly satisfied with their results at Paperworld. “Manufacturers of branded products have begun the year on an optimistic note. They met their national and international customers at Paperworld 2019, which makes the fair the ideal communication platform at the beginning of the year. The exhibition halls offered an almost complete overview of the market – with satisfied exhibitors and the usual high visitor standard”, said Thomas Bona, Managing Director, Office Brands Industry Association (Verband der PBS-Markenindustrie).

    High degree of internationality and satisfied visitors

    33,010 trade visitors, 10,110 of them from Germany and 22,900 from abroad4, made their way to Frankfurt to gain inspiration from the last trends and new products.

    According to the visitor poll, 92 percent of trade visitors were very pleased with the range of products to be seen and the degree to which they achieved their goals at Paperworld.

    This positive echo shows that Frankfurt is not only an international market place for innovations but also an indispensable business platform for the exchange of ideas and information on a personal plane. “The retail trade appreciates the broad spectrum to be seen at Paperworld and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by the supplementary product lines to be found at Creativeworld and Christmasworld. Particular emphasis must be given to the high-grade, future-oriented selection of lectures, forums and special presentations”, says Thomas Grothkopp, Director General of the Home and Office Retail Trade Association (Handelsverband Wohnen und Büro).

    After Germany, the most trade visitors came from China, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the USA, as well as France and Spain. Particularly large increases were noted from China, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria.

    Matthias Schumacher, Director International Sales & Key Account Management Consumer & Craftsmen, Tesa, also praised the high level of visitor internationality: “We had a really good fair and our rather modest expectations were exceeded by far. The number of visitors to our stand was very high. All important visitors for us – from wholesalers to office specialists and retailers – came to Paperworld and brought lots of time with them. From outside Germany, we welcomed all key accounts from Europe and were able to generate new leads from, for example, Africa and the Middle East. After this Paperworld, we can look to the future with confidence.”


    Positive echo: office and stationery under the same roof

    Paperworld is the only international trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery to bring together the two segments, office and stationery, under the same roof. This year, Hall 3 was the setting for both. The private-oriented stationery segment has been regrouped in Hall 3.1 while trade visitors could discover the latest products for the modern office workplace in Hall 3.0. Discussing her company’s business at the fair, Martina Schneider, Head of Public Relations, Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH said, “We are very pleased and the number of visitors to Hall 3.0 has been very good. Paperworld is the right place to reach our international customers. Sustainability was one of the major topics that we focused on in a virtual-reality presentation – with great success and a positive echo.”

    The new layout of Hall 3.1 proved particularly popular among exhibitors: “We are very pleased with Paperworld and our new position. Hall 3.1 is a real success. The layout is extremely good and offers visitors a wealth of inspiration and application examples. On top of that, the blend of exhibitors is perfect, and we also benefited from this with more visitors than the year before”, said Domenic Meier, CEO, Artoz Papier AG. The areas of visitor interest also reflected the high level of demand for the two product segments. The most popular product groups were office paper and mailing materials (33 percent), office and desk equipment (27 percent), organisational aids, calendars and note books (24 percent), as well as printer and IT supplies (24 percent) . “I gain inspiration from the new trends and products at Paperworld. It is important that our stationer’s stands out from the others and for this reason I am always on the lookout for special products in the office paper and writing utensil segments. Here at Paperworld, I find such products”, said Anne Schwarz, member of the staff of Kargl Schreibkultur, Koblenz.


    ‘Future Office’ a magnet for visitors in the office sector

    Paperworld is also distinguished by future -oriented themes that are taken up in the professional-development programme and other events. Thus, the lectures and exhibition of the ‘Future Office’ offer insights into flexible office worlds. This is the third time running that Paperworld has put the spotlight on a subject of importance to the office sector. “The trend in the working world is shifting away from classic, one-dimensional offices to flexible office landscapes. In this connection, we learn from the strengths and weaknesses of mono-functional forms”, says architect André Schmidt of Architekturbüro Matter in Berlin and curator of the presentation.

    In addition to the varied and interesting programme of lectures for the trade, facility managers and architects, several exhibitors once again presented their latest products in the ‘Future Office’, e.g., Legamaster showed whiteboards and presentation screens, Wilkhahn displayed flexible seating and dynamic tables, Ceka presented a flexible meeting room while Luctra was represented by an office -lighting collection. Taking part for the first time was Moresy with a mobile registration system about which the company’s CEO, Jens Bruins, said, “The ‘Future Office’ concept is spot-on, and I have been overwhelmed by the way in which it attracts trade visitors. This is the first time that we have exhibited at any fair: our product goes perfectly with the presentation and, of course, the subject of flexibility. We have received some extremely positive feedback from widely different target groups, which is very inspiring.”


    Multi-faceted complementary programme of events in the stationery sector

    The focus of the Paperworld Trends in Hall 3.1 was on the latest lifestyle trends in the field of paper, writing, giving and school articles. The presentation offers the trade inspiration for supplementary product lines and in-shop design and decoration.

    Another highlight in Hall 3.1 was the Mr. Books & Mrs. Paper presentation, which offered an impressive demonstration of how booksellers and other retailers can skilfully combine different product segments and thus generate additional sales. “At Paperworld, I encounter numerous younger designers in the greetings -card segment, who I do not meet at other fairs. Also, I am interested in note books, because they complement the books in my shop purposefully. I glean useful ideas from ‘Mr. Books & Mrs. Paper’, for example, interesting concepts for themed tables and windows”, says Andrea Tuscher, proprietor of ‘Buchladen am Markt’ in Offenbach am Main. This time, curator Angela Niestrath showed how smaller spaces can be attractively decorated with ‘table stages’.

    Even more impulses for the retail trade were supplied by Wrap up! – the show for trendy gift wrapping with Ulla Büning. In her demonstrations, the wrapping expert offered ideas for eye-catching gift wrapping and the latest manufacturers’ trends.


    Natural, chic and classic for the coming season

    This year the retail trade can draw on a variety of trends: simple elegance and opulent chic are not mutually exclusive. Whether it is classic dark shades of blue and green combined with shimmering gold, or light natural shades with silver highlights – both trends shout urban chic and give the office a classic touch. These colour trends are coupled with sustainable products, natural materials, reduction and a whiff of exclusivity.

    For the modern office workplace or the home office, Paperworld is showcasing folders made of cork and calendars made from handmade papers, which need very little water to manufacture. These products are combined with pale beige or pastel colours, which lend an airy and, at the same time, modern touch to the office. The light colours of summer are brought into the office, whilst geometric motifs remain on trend, this time heavily inspired by art deco elements.

    At Paperworld, this trend adorned note books, folders and accessories. “The marked trend towards delicate pastels and relaxed non -colours reflects the need for calm and naturalness. These very subtle colours and materials have a soothing effect. They create that certain feel-good factor as a counterpoint to the speed and sensory overload in our urbanised world”, says Katrin-Rössler-Ehlers, Product Development & Marketing, at Rössler GmbH & Co. KG.

    In parallel with simple elegance, flexibility plays a decisive role in the office. Whether it is tables that can be transformed into whiteboards in one easy move, or digital pens and stamps – there is a very clear trend towards future-oriented solutions with enhanced functionality and classic features. So next season the managers’ office will be furnished in a simple way in dark colours. Reduction is the key word.

    “This year’s Paperworld was a very enjoyable trade fair. Our product innovations, divided into solutions for office supplies, office equipment and office furnishings, went down very well with visitors to the fair. And our problem-solving expertise as work-life experts also met with great interest”, says Frank Indenkämpen, CEO, Novus Dahle GmbH.


    Next year, the consumer-goods fairs will once again be held around the last Saturday of January:


    Christmasworld: 24 to 28 January 2020

    Paperworld and Creativeworld: 25 to 28 January 2020


    Background information on Messe Frankfurt

    Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively.

    A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.

    With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

    Further information is available at:



    Fri, 29/03/2019