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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

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    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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    People of Delhi, Bengaluru & Mumbai, Donate Unused Stationery & Empower Students! Amongst the many things that parents actively look for at this time are efficient ways to recycle old school notebooks and stationery items.

    In the March and April, there is a lot of hustle bustle in schools as it is that time of the year when kids get ready to move to the next grade. Amongst the many things that parents actively look for at this time are efficient ways to recycle old school notebooks and stationery items.
    We have put together this article, in an attempt to consolidate places where these items can be donated. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and we would love to update it with the suggestions and input you provide.




    1. Shishu Mandir

    Founded in 1983 by Hella Mundhra, Shishu Mandir is a children’s home that runs on charity. It works towards the betterment of the children from impoverished backgrounds by providing a caring and supportive environment as well as giving them free education and vocational training to aid employment.

    Shishu Mandir also offers a pick-up service if intimated 2–3 days in advance.

    2. Youth for Seva

    This is a non-profit organisation, which collects notebooks that have unused pages, from across the city and state. The unused pages will then be rebound and the new notebooks will be given to other students who need them. The initiative is driven by volunteers who collect the notebooks from apartments, schools, and offices in different parts of the city.

    Besides Bengaluru, this organisation is also looking to collect books from Shivamogga, Hassan, Mysuru, Sirsi, Davangere, and Tumakuru.

    3. Goonj

    Established by Anshu Gupta in 1999 this organisation has several pick up spots across the city where one can drop off books and stationery. If you live in a condominium, you could also get your children to start a collection drive to ensure that you have a sizeable number of things to drop off.

    Goonj is also present in several other cities. Do check their website for more details.

    4. Akshara Foundation

    Based in Bengaluru, this organisation was founded in 2000. Over the years, more than 85,000 children have benefitted from the programmes conducted by Akshara Foundation. You can drop off the items at their office.




    This is an online platform, which works towards making education available to everyone, across geographical and social boundaries.

    They make this possible by providing free books to those who have the desire to read, but lack the resources to buy the books.

    You will need to fill out the online form and a pick up will be scheduled at a convenient time.


    This portal acts like a free classified website which aims to help needy students, who cannot afford to buy books. If you have books that you wish to donate academic books then you could look at the various drop-off locations they have mentioned.        

    This service is available for residents of Delhi/NCR and Chennai.

    3. Uday foundation

    This organisation based in Delhi is completely dependent on donations. They work closely with underprivileged children, children in hospitals, government schools, various other grass-root organisations and charities. They accept new or used books. They do not have a pick-up facility but their centre is open all 7 days of the week.

    4. Pahel

    Pahel comprises of professionals from different walks of life who believe in creating sustainable livelihoods throughout our rural areas.

    This NGO works in areas of education, health and hygiene, and also organises regular camps in neighbourhood slums to give them clothes and other supplies. They also arrange for pick-ups of donations.

    5. Share at Doorstep (SADS)

    Anushka Jain is the founder of this organisation based in Noida. Those who wish to donate items to this organisation are required to visit the SADS website and select their location, after which they will be presented with information on the requirements of the non-profits that are SADS’ partners. Once the users find a match, they can schedule a pickup.



    1. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust

    This trust has been organising free educational book exhibitions for the last 12 years. Over 2,000 schools have benefitted from such initiatives and more than 1,75,000 books have been distributed. Books donated by volunteers and general citizens are exhibited here.To donate educational books, the trust can be contacted and a pick-up can be arranged.

    2. Wishing Well

    This organisation, sorts books according to language and suitability and donates them accordingly. To donate, one has to mail the description of books to, after which a pick-up can be scheduled.

    3. Karmayog Foundation

    This organisation accepts books all year round. While they are based in Mumbai they have operations in various parts of the country. They also have various collection points across the city.

    4. Green Yatra

    If you live in a condominium, then all you need to do is set up a box where people can donate books and stationery for Green Yatra. This organisation also collects all your old magazines and newspapers.

    5. Fandry Foundation

    Established in 2014, this organisation collects books, notebooks, and stationery and reaches it to tribal people. This is the fourth consecutive year that this organisation is organising a collection drive. They are operational in Mumbai, Ratnagiri, and Kolhapur.

    Tue, 05/11/2019