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    On the occasion of the Entrepreneurs Meeting of France (La rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France - LaREF), BIC renewed its commitment to the climate by signing, alongside 98 other French companies, the French Business Climate Pledge. These companies reaffirm the need to collectively change direction by accelerating innovation and R&D through their investments in low carbon solutions.

    The signatory companies are fighting climate change around the globe by defining concrete approaches and developing solutions, products and services that significantly reduce GHG emissions, particularly in the fields of energy, transportation, industry, construction, agriculture and consumer goods. 

     

     

     

    Thu, 03/10/2019
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    In 2020,the special presentation “Future Office” is dedicated to the topic of “Smart Solutions”. At Paperworld, the leading international trade fair for innovative office solutions, everything in Hall 3.0 will revolve around the workplace of tomorrow - the right platform therefore for presenting intelligent solutions for modern collaborative work.

    When it comes to tomorrow's world of work, digital transformation is the key term. Completely new forms of office work have already emerged through networking, interaction, and automation, such as remote work or co-working spaces. How will this evolve in future and what does this mean for the world of paper, office supplies and stationery products?

    These and other questions will be answered by experts at the "Future Office".

    At booth C51 in hall 3.0, the focus will be partly on digital tools, but far more on holistic approaches: "In the innovation area, we will present how traditional tools can be combined with digital elements to solve challenges in a smart way.

    In a series of lectures, product presentations, and with the help of best-practice examples, we will transport the future of the office world onto the physical stage in Frankfurt," says Michael Reichhold, Director of Paperworld

    Smart Solutions” for communication, office space, and well-being In the digital transformation process, intelligent solutions for modern collaborative work are in demand. The question is how to promote cooperation between decentralised teams, process large amounts of data, or make the conference room suitable for a combination of face-to- face and virtual meetings.

    The communication between work teams is closely linked to the design of the office space. Home office and remote work also play a decisive role. In addition, the “wellbeing factor” is highly appreciated by employees. All this must be combined in a modern office to ensure an attractive workplace in the age of New Work.

    For architects, planners, facility managers and dealers of office products in particular, the special exhibition offers practical input and the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts.

    Expert presentations and guided tours in the “Future Office”

    The programme on Saturday (25.1.2020) is addressed to facility managers, planners, and retailers in the office environment. Everything on this day revolves around New Work and digital transformation. Prima Vier Verlag is the cooperation partner.

    On Sunday (26.1.2020), the specialist retail sector takes centre stage. On this day, the focus is on fundamental developments in customers’ information and purchasing behaviour, multi-channel solutions, and the question of how to inspire and retain customers. Sunday’s cooperation partner is Chmielorz Verlag.

    Monday (27.1.2020) and Tuesday (28.1.2020) are specifically designed for (interior) architects and facility managers. Both days are packed with expert lectures, and answer questions such as: What does the younger generation expect from digitisation in the workplace? How do we organise collaborative work and seclusion? How should offices be designed to fulfil different requirements? The cooperation partner is PSA Publishers / world-architects.

    In addition to the specialist talks, guided tours will be offered in the Innovation Area and to selected manufacturers in Hall 3.0. The event will be accompanied by a special publication on the subject of “Smart Solutions”, which visitors will receive free of charge in the exhibition area.

    Presentation areas for brand manufacturers

    As well as the varied programme of lectures, several exhibitors will be presenting their product innovations and ideas for “Smart Solutions” in the area - among others Byok, Legamaster, Novus-Dahle and Wilkhahn. With an eye to the future of the office, Dennis Kopaß, Senior Marketing Manager at Legamaster, says: “Instead of the classic conference room, several smaller flexible rooms will be available, including visually separated meeting spaces and smart areas that can also be used spontaneously for an informal meeting.

    They will be equipped with a flipchart or a room-high writable wall, a high table and a couple of stools, so the room corresponds to its informal character.

    Digitisation will continue in parallel, but it will by no means replace analogue writing with a pen. It is far more likely that digital and analogue visualization will coexist and support each other.

    The product segment ‘Moderating and Presenting’ is showing clear growth. One clear factor is the enormous increase in office space in Germany. Whiteboards and writing surfaces are in great demand, and are more than just a trend theme.
    At the upcoming Paperworld, we will be presenting an exciting and well- thought-out solution that combines classic and digital presentation.

    The “Future Office” area is the brainchild of renowned architect André Schmidt of Matter Architectural Office in Berlin, and combines lecture, exhibition and meeting zones.

     

    Tue, 01/10/2019
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    With "Paperworld Office Village", the paper, office supplies and stationery trade fair offers a new concept for exhibitors from the office world. In a purpose-built area, companies have the opportunity to present themselves in a high-quality environment. The brand name companies Edding International GmbH, HAN Bürogeräte GmbH & Co. KG, Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH and Tesa SE are already on board.

    The "Paperworld Office Village" is a whole new concept that will be implemented for the first time from 25 to 28 January 2020. In addition to the exhibitor booths, the area in Hall 3.0 will offer an info point, lounges, and meeting rooms for networking as well as a catering area. "We created this concept to provide manufacturers with an attractive presentation platform at the heart of the Paperworld office area. What makes the Paperworld Office Village so special are the fully equipped booths. This service makes participation even more convenient for the exhibitor," says Michael Reichhold, Director Paperworld.
    The concept has met with a positive response from the industry, as brand name companies Edding International GmbH, HAN Bürogeräte GmbH & Co. KG, Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH and Tesa SE have already signed up for floor space in the “Paperworld Office Village”.
     “We look forward to the fair’s new Office Village concept. A ready-to-go area, which we and other manufacturers can also use, minimises costs and focuses us even more on direct exchanges with our customers. A perfect space for networking,” says Matthias Schumacher, Director of International Sales, Tesa SE.
    Jens Magdanz, Marketing and Sales Manager of HAN Bürogeräte GmbH & Co. KG. is also an enthusiastic supporter of the new concept, and says: “We highly welcome this new show format, and would be delighted if it was well received by customers in the Paperworld Office Village.
    From where we stand, the Village is very well placed to make an important contribution to Paperworld. We look forward to a successful 2020 exhibition season in Frankfurt”.
    Personal contact to customers is also important for Torsten Jahn, Managing Director of Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. As he says, “Paperworld remains an important forum for engaging in dialogue with business partners from all over the world. The Paperworld Office Village offers us an invaluable opportunity to present our latest innovations in a small space, and to offer our guests an attractive meeting place in the centre of Paperworld at the same time”.
    There are still a limited number of spots available in the “Paperworld Office Village”. These can be booked via the Paperworld team.

     

    Sun, 18/08/2019
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    Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 – 9 January 2020. Entering its 20th edition, the fair is expected to welcome some 260 global exhibitors to showcase a comprehensive range of stationery products, providing an ideal one-stop sourcing platform for buyers. In 2019, the fair attracted over 20,000 international buyers.
     “It is not easy for a fair to reach 20 years of service, but thanks to support from the industry across Asia, the fair has reached a new milestone,” said Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. “Moving into the next decade, the show will carry on stimulating new business and serve as a touch point for buyers to locate exciting stationery trends.”
     Themed zones to present wide range of products
    To optimise buyers’ sourcing experience, the fair will be categorised under five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office. The fair also continues to receive support from the industry across Asia, featuring 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 Mirage Int’l Industries Inc, who have been returning to the fair since its first edition in 2001. Mr Scott Wen, the International Sales Manager of the company said: “Walking hand-in-hand for the past 19 years, the fair has been one of the most effective trade fairs for our products and company. We are sure that we will have a presence at the 20th edition too.”
     Kai Rong (Magnets) Industrial Co Ltd is another loyal exhibitor of the fair. They participate regularly because the fair attracts diverse visitors: “We have been returning for 11 editions,” said Mr Hans Wu, the Marketing Director of the company. “What attracts me is the professionalism and broad connections brought by this exhibition. We target buyers from Europe and America. Without a branch in Hong Kong, participating in the fair enables us to reach out to our target buyers more effectively.”
     Mr Kostas Moisiadis from the Export Department of Diakakis Imports SA, also expressed his satisfaction at meeting diverse buyers. “We have exhibited at five editions. We return because the interest from South East Asia and Europe continues to be strong and we received good contacts at previous editions. We are trying to target distributors and big retail chains. We have made around 40-50 contacts from the Philippines, Malaysia, and India and also some from Europe. The quality of visitors has been good. We will return to the fair in future editions.”
     Many local Hong Kong exhibitors also have a track record of achieving solid business results at the fair. MIS (Asia) Limited, promoted their Hong-Kong-themed red pockets and lucky money envelopes at the 2019 show. Mr Travis Kwan, the company’s Sales Manager said: “With buyers coming from all around the world, we are able to promote our products to a global audience.”
     
    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 exhibitors.
     
     

     

    Mon, 08/07/2019
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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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    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
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    Michael Reichhold, Director Paperworld, reports on how the planning is progressing and what changes can be expected in the coming year.

    You are already in the planning phase for 2020. What is the current registration status?

    The number of registrations is very positive and more than 900 manufacturers have already announced their participation in Paperworld 2020. We have moved the registration date forward this year to provide early planning security for us and the exhibitors. The manufacturers reacted positively and secured their participation immediately.

    Can you already reveal which important exhibitors have registered so far?

    In the office area in Hall 3.0, Durable, Exacompta-Clairefontaine, Herma, HSM and Tesa have announced their participation. For writing instruments in Hall 4.0, Adel, Erich Krause, Kum, Möbius + Ruppert, Scrikss and Standardgraph are all on the list. In the Remanexpo section, Armor, Imcopex, Ninestar, THS and Winterholde & Hering have submitted their registration forms.

    A comprehensive range of products is represented in the Stationery area in Hall 3.1 by Hallmark, Kaweco H & M Gutberlet, Leuchtturm Albenverlag, Paper + Design, Perleberg and Zöllner-Wiethoff.

    And in the school area in Hall 4.0, Creationes Pandora, LycSac and Sportandem have all announced their attendance.

    Is there a new hall allocation plan for 2020? Will anything change compared to Paperworld 2019?

    The new product mix in the Stationery segment was highly praised at Paperworld 2019, both by exhibitors and visitors. For this reason, Hall 3.1 is also scheduled for stationery suppliers in 2020. Only the Remanexpo area will move from Hall 5.1 to the newly renovated Hall 6.1 in 2020, as we have to make way for construction work. The hall is right next door on the Via Mobile level and is very similar in size and structure. 

    For more detailed information subscribe to PSS Monthly Magazine

     

    Tue, 30/04/2019
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    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 www.shachihata.eu

    Mon, 29/04/2019
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    This year’s new ‘Stationery Designer’ category has been introduced with the support and sponsorship of GO Stationery, which as a UK manufacturer, is in the almost unique position of being able to nurture a stationery product through its life – from conception and design, right through to retail sale.

    Entrants for this Award were asked to supply a maximum of three A3 design boards showing at least three stationery items with the theme ‘The Next Big Thing’.  They had to explain who they thought their designs would appeal to and give an indication of what they thought the likely RRP of each item would be.

    This design competition is a unique opportunity for budding stationery designers to work with an experienced production and sales team and see their ideas taken into production and delivered to retailers throughout the UK.  The lucky winner from the finalists below will work with the GO Stationery team to bring their designs to life!
    The finalists are listed below, and the Winner will be announced at the Stationery Awards Evening on Tuesday, 30 April.  All Finalists will be allocated two tickets to the Awards Ceremony and will be contacted shortly so that they can nominate who they would like to attend.The Stationery Designer of the Year 2019 Award finalists are: (this info has also just been revealed on www.stationeryawards.co.uk

       Designer    Company
       Laura Jackson    Laura Jackson Design
       Nina Dogmetchi    Nina Nou
       Soula Zavacopoulos    The London Studio
       Sian Towner    Tiny T-Rex Tales
    Sat, 20/04/2019
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    With 11 product categories, a Good Design category and a Judges’ Choice Award to select during their judging day last week (April 3rd), this year’s judging panel for the Supplier Stationery Awards spent the day surrounded by the latest stationery product developments and ideas.

    “Ably guided once again by chair Henri Davis, our hard-working judges gave up their day to review the Supplier entries – which this year came to just over 370 items!” said event manager Hazel Fieldwick. 

    “This year’s judging line-up represented a wide cross-section of stationery retail and they all enjoyed meeting and getting to know each other during the judging process.”

    This year’s judges are Abigail Ball – deputy stationery and card buyer at Fenwick, Chris Lambert – founder of Scrawlr, Debbie Wigglesworth – consultant at The Paper Passionist, Katy Golden – head of gift at The Great British Card Company, Mark Hayhurst – editor at Craft Business, Sarah Laker – owner of Stationery Supplies Marple and Sidonie Warren – co-founder of Papersmiths.

    This is the first time the Supplier Stationery Awards have been judged prior to the Stationery Show but organisers were keen to give the judges more time to review the hundreds of products that are entered.

    “The judging panel will be on hand at the Awards Evening to help us hand out the Winner trophies – they did a great job for us, so will be good to give them a round of applause too!” said Hazel.

    The finalists in each category are listed below and the winners will be announced at the Stationery Awards Evening on Tuesday, 30 April.  All finalists will be allocated two tickets to the Awards Ceremony and will be contacted shortly so that they can nominate who they would like to attend.

    The finalists are: (this info has also just been revealed on www.stationeryawards.co.uk)

    Art & Crafts – Sponsored by Craft Business:

    Company
    Product
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    ABT Dual Brush Pens (Set of 6) - NEW Candy and Vintage Colours by Tombow
    Chameleon Art Products Ltd
    Chameleon Fineliners
    West Design Products
    Marabu Textil Screen Printing Set
    Securit by Vermes BV
    Woody Transparent Chalkboard
     
    Desk Accessories:
    Company
    Product
    COLOP UK Ltd
    e-mark
    Brahman Design
    Høvel
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Mina LED Desk Lamp by Lexon
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Pininfarina Codex Desk Accessory
     
    Diaries, Organisers and Calendars:
    Company
    Product
    Busy B
    Bridesmaid Planner
    Hello Day
    Chic Grey Planner
    Busy B
    Goals Diary
    Quadrille Publishing
    Oliver Bonas: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary
     
    Everyday Writing Instruments:
    Company
    Product
    FLB Group/Filofax
    Clipbook Erasable Pen Range
    Studio Pens (UK Distributor)
    Kaweco FROSTED Sport Series
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Sky + Miller Pens
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Troika Construction Pen Brass
     
    Filing & Storage:
    Company
    Product
    ExaClair Limited
    1928 Filing & Organisation Range
    JPT EUROPE LTD
    KRAFT
    West Design Products
    Noteworthy Metallic Mono Pop-Up Pen Pot
    Durable
    VARICOLOR® MIX
     
    Gift Packaging & Wrap:
    Company
    Product
    Quadrille Publishing
    Cath Kidston: Eiderdown Rose Wrapping Paper Book
    Paper Mirchi
    Hand Batiked Gift Wrap
    Paper Mirchi
    Hand Tie Dyed Gift Wrap
    ExaClair Limited
    Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
     
    Licensed Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Alice Scott Range
    Quadrille Publishing
    English Heritage: Fold & Post
    Quadrille Publishing
    I Like Birds: Garden Birds Weekly Planner
    Portico Designs Ltd
    Joules Range
     
    Notebooks & Journals:
    Company
    Product
    Quadrille Publishing
    A Mother's Memory Journal
    LEUCHTTURM1917
    Bauhaus 100 years
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Candy Notebook by Nuuna
    Derwent
    Derwent A5 Bullet Journal Set
    NUCO INTERNATIONAL LTD
    NU: Stone Vegan Leather A5 Journal & NU: Stone Flexible A5 Journal
    Busy B
    Pregnancy Journal
     
    Novelty Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Securit by Vermes BV
    3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit®
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Derwent Secret Map & Compass Pencil
    ZEBRA PEN (UK) LTD
    MILDLINER
    Handy Spelling
    Table Colouring Placement
     
    Social Stationery:
    Company
    Product
    Envelopes Ltd
    Flutelopes
    Petra Boase Ltd
    GC-PBC-0006 Panda Balloon Card
    BrownTrout Publishers Ltd
    Stay Gold de Luxe Flat Notes
    Cambridge Imprint LLP
    The Concertina Card Range
     
    Writing Instruments over £25 RRP:
    Company
    Product
    Stone Marketing Ltd
    Claim Your Style 849 Ballpoint Pen by Caran d'Ache
    Manuscript Pen Company
    Modern Calligraphy Gift Set
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Pineider Mystery filler demonstrator pen
    Lime Stationery & Art
    Troika Capmatic Pen
     
    Good Design – Sponsored by The Giftware Association:
    Company
    Product
    Paper Mirchi
    Handcrafted Artisan Gift Wrap
    VENT for Change
    Ideas Collection
    ExaClair Limited
    Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
     
    The ‘Best of the Best’ Judges’ Choice Award Winner will be announced on 30 April…
    Sat, 20/04/2019

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