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International Events

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    The curtains came down on another successful edition of Paperworld China, with stakeholders from across the paper and office supplies industries commending the fair as the ideal place to generate new business and learn about the latest retailing models. The three-day fair, which took place from 22 – 24 November 2018 in Hall 1 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), was also applauded for championing unique and original stationery products.

    Now in its 14th edition, the fair was held under the new theme of “Stationery trends. Tomorrow’s office” and was split across 23,000 sqm of exhibition space into four zones dedicated to ‘Stationery and Hobby’, ‘Tomorrow’s Office’, ‘Quality Suppliers’, and ‘Oriental Products’.

    Visitor numbers rose 15% from the previous edition of the fair, as a total of 26,868 trade visitors converged at the show to search for the latest forward thinking designs and innovations.  For many of these visitors, the fair was not only a great place to connect with Chinese suppliers, but also an ideal platform to meet quality international brands. Overall, 499 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions participated at the fair.

    Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, spoke about how this year’s edition of the fair was ideally situated to serve the market’s requirements: “Younger generations are now becoming the dominant consumer group for stationery. The warm response to the fair’s themed areas, such as the ‘Stationery and Hobby’ zone and the ‘Small yet Beautiful’ showcase demonstrates that Paperworld China is catering extremely well to this demographic. Original stationery has also been a big hit among buyers at this edition, and we are proud to have done our part to promote original and unique designs through the Best Stationery of China Awards and the new ‘Design’ area. In terms of generating new business, the positive feedback from exhibitors is testament to the fair’s effectiveness as a platform for suppliers to connect with quality buyers and increase their brand exposure.” 

    Original stationery and new retailing models spotlighted at ‘Small Yet Beautiful’ showcase and new ‘Design area’

    A number of themed zones and areas at this year’s edition of the fair fulfilled a variety of sourcing needs and attracted thousands of buyers to the aisles of each zone.

    The ‘Stationery and Hobby’ zone was awash with visitors and the returning ‘Small yet Beautiful’ showcase was a hive of activity, with buyers sampling a wide range of stationery, gift and lifestyle products from leading brands such as Beifa, Guangbo, Mindwave, Simbalion and ZIPIT.

    Not only was the 250 sqm showcase a great place to find new stationery items, but it was also a window into future retail trends. With younger generations beginning to have a greater influence on buying patterns, many stationery stores have been redesigned to offer an improved overall shopping experience. The showcase addressed this trend through a café area, unique methods of product presentation, and an interactive art station.

    Ms Xu Feng, the owner of Shenyang Aofeisi Shangmao Ltd, spoke about how visiting helped her to find the latest trend setting products for her retail stores: “The fair hosts a wide variety of suppliers, from well-known brand names to small and medium companies, and plenty of cultural and creative products. It caters to buyers with all kinds of different sourcing needs. I have exchanged contacts with around five to six brands from China, Japan and Germany, and will find out if there is room for cooperation after the show. The set-up of the ‘Small yet Beautiful’ area brings a new and in-depth experience to visitors. It definitely helps visitors to understand the current diversified sales patterns.”

    Original brands were an important part of the 2018 show and a spotlight was placed on the increasing standard of unique Chinese stationery design through the ‘Best Stationery of China Awards’. The awards took place the day before the show and a wide selection of entries were on display to visitors during the course of the fair. Some of the highlights included unique bookmark designs from PaperPlay and Sozencreate, ladybug styled miniature scissors from Guangzhou Qiwen Business Development, vegetable and fruit themed kitchen timers from Hangzhou Hechuang Culture Products, automatic pencil sharpeners from Shanghai Han Shu Industry, and a selection of fashionable travel logs, daily planners and diaries from companies such as Chenzao, Kokuyo Commerce, and Shenzhen Comix Group.

    Shandong Orange Paper was one of the winners at the awards with its uniquely designed paper globes. The General Manager of the company, Ms Jiang Shaoying, spoke about how the awards helped to raise awareness of their unique design and attract trade visitors to their booth: “The organiser has featured our brand on its social media platform, and our stand has been constantly swarming with visitors. The fair enables us to meet agents and industry players who are pioneering new retail business models. We have met many professional buyers from both mainland China and abroad and have received the most up-to-date information about the industry. We will definitely participate again.”

    The company was one of many emerging brands exhibiting at the new ‘Design’ area, which offered original brands the chance to showcase their latest designs and increase their brand exposure. Unique products could be found at the area from brands such as AIT, Card Lover, Douban, Ggem, Happihood, Honorscent, Orange Creation, Tsnow Stationery, Whitehole, and Xiaolin Creative.

    ‘Quality Suppliers’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Office’ zones connect exhibitors with the most relevant cross-section of buyers

    At the ‘Quality Suppliers’ zone, exhibitors benefited from the fair’s high visitor flow as plenty of opportunities were taken to make new business contacts. Umajirushi, a Japanese company and first time exhibitor at Paperworld China attended to boost its exposure and competitiveness in the Chinese market.

    Mr Telon Syu, Chief of Overseas Trading & Purchasing at the company, spoke about how exhibiting at the zone allowed the company to connect with quality buyers and generate new business: “We are amazed at how effective the fair is, as we have already received around 10 orders in the first two days. The visitor flow is excellent and we have received a lot of positive and encouraging feedback. The fair has provided exhibitors with the latest information on the industry, which is very helpful for devising targeted marketing strategies.”

    Another Japanese company exhibiting at the zone, Mindwave, returned to the show to capitalise on the huge potential in the Chinese market for their specialised journals. Ms Gu Jie, a representative of the company, agreed that the show is an excellent avenue for foreign suppliers to find large Chinese distributors and retailers: “We see tremendous potential in the journal market in China as nowadays journals are very popular among teenagers and young mothers. Paperworld China is the right place for us to penetrate this market. From our first participation last year, we obtained leads from distributors and large-scale retailers. This year we are meeting them again and also new ones.”

    At the ‘Tomorrow’s Office’ zone, Paperworld China proved itself to be a great place for visitors to meet with suppliers of modern office equipment. In co-operation with Sunon Group and Zhejiang Growin International Exhibition & Convention Co Ltd, a dedicated showcase allowed visitors to find new electronic appliances and desktop equipment for modern office settings.

    Mr Kenny Zhu, Sales Director of Sunon Group talked about how the zone was aligned with modern office trends and how exhibiting at the zone allowed the company to gage customer requirements: “The concept of tomorrow’s office is forward thinking. In line with this, we have launched a series of office furniture which is equipped with smart devices, such as wireless charging stands and remote controls. The fair is definitely a great platform for us to meet potential clients from all over China and get first-hand information regarding customer demands.”

    Seminars, workshops and dialogues illuminate newly developing trends

    Running alongside the fair was a series of educational events that brought together experts, designers and industry leaders to share new ideas and insights on a range of important topics. 

    The subject of the evolving retail landscape was a recurring theme at the ‘Sino-Japanese Book Stationery Industry Summit Forum’, which examined ‘open’ retail environments that can also be considered as cultural spaces. Led by industry experts from China and Japan, the forum used case studies of Japanese retail outlets and also examined the merging of book and stationery retail.   

    Speaking about how the well-received forum allowed industry players to deepen their understanding of overseas retail models, Mr Guoji Ding, General Manager of Shanghai Yinling Brand Consulting said: “The retail market has undergone many changes in recent years. More integrated cultural spaces and stores that are popular online have been set up all over first and second tier cities in mainland China. Through this forum, industry players can learn how overseas’ business models work, discuss how to create retail stores with unique cultural elements, and discover new ways of boosting profits. The result is very encouraging. The visitors were professional and have raised deep and meaningful questions. I will definitely come and host other forums at Paperworld China again.”

    Mr Ding’s positive sentiments about the meaningful exchanges of information that took place at Paperworld China were also echoed by a fellow speaker, Mr Toru Okuizumi, the President of the Japanese company Toukou bros, who said: “The platform has provided us with a good opportunity to communicate and exchange experiences and information with each other, and has also allowed us to learn about current developments and trends in China. I believe both event speakers and attendees can draw on the experiences gained at Paperworld China.”


    The next edition of Paperworld China will take place in November 2019.


    For more information about the show, please visit

    Other Paperworld brand shows include:

    • Hong Kong International Stationery Fair

                7 – 10 January 2019, Hong Kong

    • Stationery & Write Show presented by Paperworld

                9 – 12 January 2019, Mumbai

    • Paperworld

                26 – 29 January 2019, Frankfurt am Main

    • Paperworld Middle East / Playworld Middle East

    18 – 20 March 2019, Dubai

    For more details about these fairs, please visit

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    • Toy fair Kids Russia to run in Moscow from 12 to 14 March 2019
    • Registration now open for the WoT Pavilion


    The 13th Kids Russia is scheduled to open its doors at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow from 12 to 14 March 2019. Organised by GRAND EXPO, CJSC, a Russian exhibition organiser in which Spielwarenmesse eG holds a majority stake, this trade fair is an important event for the Eastern European toy industry. Spielwarenmesse eG’s international fair programme World of Toys helps international companies gain entry to the Russian market. Following a period of market decline, the economic situation there has become more stable, making it possible for the international pavilion to take place again. 

    Taking part in this programme enables export-led manufacturers to present their products and ideas to a wide trade audience, giving them direct access to Eastern European business contacts. 

    Spielwarenmesse eG provides professional support right from the start, ensuring that the event is a resounding success for everyone involved.

    Kids Russia is a well-established Russian trade fair for toys and hobby products in Eastern Europe. Its portfolio also includes baby and outdoor products as well as playground equipment and sports goods. In recent years, the event has extended its reach far beyond Russia’s borders. This is reflected in the rising quality of visitors as well as excellent networking opportunities. Numerous decision makers flock to the fair to order current and innovative products. 

    Moreover, the trade fair promotes cooperation between Russian and international producers and retailers. Valuable synergies are created by the concurrent event Licensing World Russia where leading licensing companies and agencies show how licenced products can effectively boost sales.

    Ernst Kick, CEO Spielwarenmesse eG, explains why it makes sense to take part: “Through Kids Russia and the World of Toys programme, we wish to offer companies professional support and make the Russian market attractive for international toy makers again. Improvements in the demographic situation and political support for Russian families are fuelling market growth.”

    The World of Toys international fair programme gives participants uncomplicated support before, during and after the event. The companies are assigned a direct contact at Spielwarenmesse eG, who is always on hand with help and advice. The programme also includes a wide range of services, such as visitor marketing activities and a turn-key exhibition stand with basic furnishings at the attractive, high-exposure World of Toys Pavilion.

    Further information on Kids Russia 2019 can be found at:

    Other events with a World of Toys Pavilion:

    Kids India from 4 to 6 September 2018 in Mumbai

    Kids Turkey from 4 to 7 October 2018 in Istanbul

    Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair from 7 to 10 January 2019 in Hong Kong

    Mon, 12/11/2018
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    Paperworld China, Asia’s leading trade fair dedicated to the stationery and office supplies industries, will be held from 22 – 24 November, 2018 at hall 5.2 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). As of June, more than 300 renowned companies have confirmed their participation, including Guangdong Hualong Stationery, M&G COLIPU, Ningbo BEIFA, PILOT, Shenzhen Comix, Taiwan Lion Pencil, Umajirushi, ZEBRA, Zhejiang Guangbo and many more. 

    Held under the theme “Stationery trends. Tomorrow’s office”, the 2018 edition will be classified into four zones. Namely: Tomorrow’s Office, Stationery and Hobby, Quality Suppliers, and Oriental Products. The theme and structure are intended to reflect the transformations taking place in China’s stationery and office supplies industries, such as the acceleration in consumerism and the upcoming 2019 launch of a 5G network in China. 

    Alongside the new network launch, new technologies such as cloud computing, mobile office, VR conference, data security, and more will bring significant transformations to modern offices and their related supply sectors. Over the next five years, Paperworld China will work with quality industry players to display these new cutting-edge office concepts and products to the industry. A sample of what’s to come will be on display during the 2018 edition at the Tomorrow’s Office zone, where industry leaders such as Sunon Group, M&G COLIPU, and other leading brands will demonstrate new office concepts. They will also introduce concepts for office environments that are green, smart, shared and lifestyle friendly to the industry. 

    Consumer decision making patterns are also evolving. As younger generations become the dominant group for stationery consumption, the importance of product functionality is being replaced by brand image, appearance, originality and a host of other factors. 

    At the same time, stationery stores, book stores and gift shops are undergoing significant transformations to provide better overall shopping experiences for their customers. Reflecting these trends at the fair will be the Small yet Beautiful showcase located at the Stationery and Hobby zone. 

    The expanded showcase will scale 250sqm and serve as a mock retail store that includes a cafe area and an interactive art workshop. Also featured at the showcase will be adaptations of Zakka, a Japanese concept that describes a wide variety of miscellaneous consumer goods. Items on display will include Chinese stationery and related products for home office environments.

      The fair will also welcome a strong contingent of Chinese manufacturers at the Quality Suppliers zone. With the support of various Chinese stationery industry hubs, the zone will host more than 300 companies including pavilions from Taiwan, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Yiwu, Cixi, Qingyuan, and more. The highest standard of stationery manufacturing will be represented at the zone, which will serve as an ideal one stop sourcing platform for buyers. 

    Meanwhile, the Oriental Products zone will be transformed, as the Oriental Sense area and the Creative Pavilion are incorporated into the new coming China Arts International Cultural & Creative Products Show (IAC SHOW). Held concurrently with Paperworld China 2018, the IAC SHOW aims to promote the market for cultural and handicraft products. It will be organised by the China Poly Group Corporation Ltd and the China National Arts & Crafts (Group) Corporation, and co-organised by the China Arts and Crafts Association (CA&CA). Idongjia APP, an online marketplace for crafts and handmade products will also work in collaboration with the IAC SHOW.

    The 2018 edition of Paperworld China will be packed with hobby and art materials, scrapbooks and a host of interactive experiences. Just a few highlights are a timeline of Chinese Stationery history, a creative interactive experience, and the 2018 Journal Market held in cooperation with the Shanghai Journal. 

    Another popular attraction will be the “time will tell” forum, which will be held in cooperation with inspirational women’s brand and high quality journal supplier “Chenzao”. The forum is expected to attract some 300 attendees and will focus on the many ways in which journals can be used as effective tools to achieve personal goals and improve time management. 

    In addition, the new “Best Stationery of China BSOC” awards which are dedicated to discovering excellent stationery design work from around the world will grab industry players’ attention. The awards, which are organised by Paperworld China 2018 also aim to improve the standard of Chinese made stationery. As of the end of June 2018, the organising committee, which is formed of 24 professionals from the Chinese stationery industry, had received more than 200 designs from around the world including many outstanding Chinese pieces. 

    Submissions included an art and graphic collection box named “The KARLBOX” created by A.W.Faber-Castell and Chanel’s head of creative direction, Karl Lagerfeld. Results of the competition will be announced at the fair.

    For more information about the show, please visit or email:


    Other Paperworld brand shows include:

    •       Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 

             7 – 10 January 2019, Hong Kong

    •       Paperworld

             26 – 29 January 2019, Frankfurt am Main

    •       Paperworld Middle East / Playworld Middle East

            18 – 20 March 2019, Dubai

    For more details about these fairs, please visit

    Background information on Messe Frankfurt

    Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €669 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). 

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

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    From 26 to 29 January 2019, world-leading manufacturers and innovative start-ups present what the future holds in store for the modern office and private stationery sector. Messe Frankfurt expects more than 1,600 exhibitors from around 60 countries to  present their new products on seven hall levels.


    Following growth in both exhibitor and visitor numbers in January 2018, Paperworld is further strengthening its position as a pioneer in stationery sector. The international trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery is sharpening its focus on "the visionary office" and "the stationery trends" with a new hall layout. The aim is to present the comprehensive range of products to trade visitors in an ideal environment, thus providing a focused market overview. At the same time, the new arrangement opens up new perspectives that are crucial for fresh ideas, and lead to valuable business contacts.


    The visionary office with innovations in the commercial office supplies sector


    From office machines and equipment, organisational and presentation aids, office paper, writing and drawing instruments to IT and printer supplies and remanufactured printer materials, every product segment that makes tomorrow's workplace a visionary office will be on display. In the office supplies product area in Hall 3.0, exhibitors include Exacompta-Clairefontaine, Herma, HSM, Krug and Priester (Ideal), Olympia and Veloflex. Exhibiting once again with their own stand are: Durable, Holtz Office Support, Jakob Maul, Novus Dahle, Pelikan, Schneider writing instruments, Sigel, Tesa, and Trodat.

    Hall 4.0 is occupied by writing and drawing instruments in the office area and school supplies in the stationery area. This product mix has proven itself, as the writing and drawing instruments are aimed mainly at a young target group, which is perfectly complemented by the schoolbags, pencil cases, notebooks, pads, folders and licenses. Writing instrument exhibitors include: Adel, Carioca, Kum, Möbius & Ruppert and Scrikss. The Remanexpo product group with OEM and printer consumables with related components, hardware and software and recycled printer materials, is moving from Hall 6.0 to Hall 5.1 in 2019, thus moving up to the Via Mobile level.

    Among others Axro, Clover, Integral, Imcopex, Pedro Schöller, SAS Armor, Static Control, Winterholdt & Hering and WTA Carsten Weser will be present. KMP AG are also making a comeback to the area this time.

    Top German and international buyers from all sales and distribution levels, such as wholesalers, foreign and retail traders, drop shippers, trade organisations as well as mail order and online traders, all find the right products at Paperworld.


    “Future Office” shines a light on flexible working


    The supporting programme in Hall 3.0, C51 is all about the “Future Office”. This time, the special show with a speaker program and its own exhibition space concentrates on “flexibility”. With this focus, Paperworld once again highlights a topical future and industry theme in the world of work.

    “Flexible office design, zone concepts, clean desk and mobile devices are answers to flexible work requirements. That’s why companies are increasingly investing in new concepts, office equipment and mobile devices. The ‘Future Office’ shows how this can be implemented at the workplace,” says Michael Reichhold, Director of Paperworld, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.

    It covers themes like flexible working hours, mobile workspaces, and agile office concepts - such as zones for individual and focused work, meeting rooms, and areas for social interchanges. “The special show is characterised by a close spatial interlinking of exhibition areas, communication zones and the theme and presentation area”, says architect André Schmidt of Architekturbüro Matter in Berlin, curator of the display.

    The stationery trends with lifestyle products for the non-business paper and stationery sector


    In the Stationery segment, the product areas gift giving, packaging and celebrating, which include paper goods, greeting cards, small leather goods, accessories, napkins, table decorations and designs, are relocating from Halls 5.1 and 6.1 to Hall 3.1 in 2019. This new product mix offers both exhibitors and visitors numerous advantages: Exhibitors can position themselves in their market environment with their competitors and gain simpler access to additional purchasing groups. At the same time, trade visitors get to see which product range additions are available for their areas of business, and have the chance to establish contact with the manufacturers. Hall 3.1 will host greeting card publishers like Hallmark Cards and UK Greetings as well as suppliers of gift articles and greeting cards such as bsb-obpacher, Depesche, Becker & Becker Vertrieb - better known as Grafik Werkstatt. Paper + Design are also present once again with their table decorations. Manufacturers such as Francesco Brizzolari, Saul Sadoch and Zöllner-Wiethoff present their gift packaging. Publisher Leuchtturm Albenverlag or Boost, part of the Lediberg Group, are also present on this hall level with organisational aids, calendars and notebooks. In addition, Artoz Papier and Rössler Papier will be showing paperware, Caran d´Ache, tablet writing utensils, and Kaweco H&M Gutberlet writing instruments. Hall 4.0 will be divided into two areas: writing instruments and school supplies. Gabol, Lyc Sac, Sportandem and Lannoo Graphics, Zipit will present everything from the area of school supplies.


    New for this area is the special show Future Learning.


    It presents visitors with current and future-oriented learning concepts. The emphasis here is strongly on lifelong learning. What are the new possibilities? How do virtual reality glasses support learning? And what’s

    new in the paper, office supplies and stationery sector? The show will feature specialist talks and presentation areas that allow visitors to immerse themselves in a world of learning that they have never experienced before.

    Paperworld provides the writing instrument and high-quality paper goods trade - whether specialist stationery shops, booksellers, gift shops, toy retailers or department stores and supermarkets - with everything they need for their product range. Buyers from the food trade, drugstores, self -service department stores, decoration retailers and furniture shops will also find an attractive additional assortment here. The product segments high- quality writing instruments and pens, school supplies, greeting cards, paper goods, gift items, packaging and small leather goods offer buyers a unique variety of products and the latest lifestyle trends


    Highly varied programme of accompanying events provides fresh ideas for the trade


    A special highlight is the “Paperworld Trends”, which will have a new home in Hall 3.1 F10 in 2019. The area will showcase two stationery trends and an office trend display for the 2019/20 season. Messe Frankfurt commissioned designers from the bora.herke.palmisano style agency to pick up on trends in fashion, architecture and art, and adapt them to the world of stationery and office supplies. Guided tours and lectures will be offered daily.

    The special exhibition “Mr Books and Mrs Paper”, which is moving to Hall 3.1 C80, is aimed at booksellers and dealers who want to effectively combine books, paper goods and stationery products - so-called non-book articles. The orchestrated arrangement of the products in different areas of focus shows how the retail sector can stage its point of sale emotionally, and generate incentives to buy with additional product ranges. Curator Angelika Niestrath will guide visitors through the special exhibition several times a day and report on current non-book trends in the book trade.

    In the BMWi promotional area in hall 3.1 J10, young start-ups present their fresh ideas and unconventional products. For visitors, the area is an inspiring source of information to get to know new, forward-looking product ideas from the paper, office supplies and stationery sector. The innovation platform is a valuable starting aid for the young companies , as it is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

    The packaging show Wrap Up! shows tips and tricks on how gifts can be wrapped quickly and attractively. Wrapping expert Ulla Büning demonstrates step by step several times a day how unique gift creations can also be created with little effort in the retail trade.

    The Oriental Culture exhibition in Hall 3.1 A11 shows a piece of the Orient with fine craftsmanship and products that combine traditional design and Far Eastern characteristics.


    International sourcing: the complete value chain in Frankfurt 


    Paperworld in Frankfurt am Main has not only been the hub for the national and international trade in paper, office supplies and stationery products for years, it is also where companies find suppliers, processors and manufacturers of own-label products. Bulk buyers, wholesale and foreign traders from all over the world meet the right partners in the international sourcing area. Halls 1.1, 1.2 and Forum 0 are reserved for exhibitors with paper-related products, office supplies and stationery products for bulk buyers (international sourcing). This segment enjoyed growth in 2018, which is why Forum 0 will again be occupied in 2019. Among others, exhibitors include D.H.A. Siamwalla Ltd, Eagle - Tung Yung International, Flair Writing Industries Ltd, Soni Polymeres, and Wenzhou Aihao Pen Trade Co. Ltd.


    Paperworld - the visionary office and stationery trends


    Next fair: 26 to 29 January 2019 in Frankfurt am Main

    The leading international trade fair in Frankfurt am Main presents the latest products and trends in the paper, office supplies, and stationery sector every year. Paperworld offers the world’s widest range of products in commercial office supplies (visionary office) and the private stationery sector (stationery trends). 

    At the last event, 1,640 exhibitors from 66 countries presented their products to 33,787 trade visitors (11,072 from Germany and 22,715 from abroad). 

    Paperworld is the highlight of the year for the industry and a source of innovative business ideas for wholesalers and retailers, booksellers, the Internet and mail order sector and commercial consumers. In addition, the wide-ranging event and congress programme provides inspiration and knowledge transfer not just for retailers, but also for architects, planners, and facility managers who are interested in the latest office trends and interior design concepts.

    Background information on Messe Frankfurt
    Messe Frankfurt is the world's largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own
    exhibition grounds. More than 2,400 employees at 30 locations generate annual sales of
    around 669 million euros. Thanks to its international sales network and far-reaching ties with
    the relevant sectors, the Group effectively supports its customers' business interests. A
    comprehensive range of services - both on site and online - ensures that customers worldwide
    enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their
    events. The range of services it offers extend from site rental, exhibition stand construction
    and marketing services to personnel services and catering. The headquarters of the company
    are located in Frankfurt am Main Its shareholders are the City of Frankfurt with 60% and the
    State of Hesse with 40%. Further information: | |

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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