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Over 7,000 visitors participate in Paperworld ME

DUBAI, March 12, 2018

A total of 7,004 visitors from 93 countries particpated, while 303 exhibitors from 42 countries presented their latest offerings at the Paperworld Middle East 2018, which was held in Dubai, UAE, recently.

The 8th edition of the annual exhibition concluded its three-day run in top form once again, with thousands of trade buyers stopping by the region’s dedicated trade fair for the paper, stationery, and office supplies industries.

Sharing centre-stage on the show floor were dozens of product launches and new partnership announcements, while the digital world, corporate gifts, leather items and children’s lifestyle products were among the topics presenting a whole new world of potential business opportunities, said a statement.

The show’s co-location with Leatherworld Middle East, the region’s only B2B platform for leather goods and accessories, proved popular with regional trade buyers, as did the new Corporate Gifts section and the revamped Playworld Pavilion replete with children’s toys and games. 

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of both Paperworld and Leatherworld Middle East, said that the company’s plan to present a broader spectrum of products and solutions to regional trade buyers had worked.

He said: “We saw an opportunity to co-locate Leatherworld and Paperworld Middle East for the first time in 2018 to leverage the synergies of the two platforms and offer our exhibitor and visitor profiles from both shows more networking opportunities.”

“Early indications are that the strategy has worked, combined with the new Corporate Gifts section and the revived Playworld Pavilion. For example, now a regional distributor of traditional office supplies comes to the show and sees opportunities to add children’s toys, premium leather supplies, and promotional gift items as part of their product portfolio,” he added.

Pauwels’ comments were reiterated by Mohamed Alayat, managing director of Alpha Art Gifts, one of more than a dozen companies specialising in the A to Z of promotional items at Paperworld Middle East’s Corporate Gifts section.

Alpha Art Gifts was launching several new items at the show, including wireless mobile charging notebooks, and ‘intelligent’ coal-less oud sets. Alayat also highlighted the company’s designed and made in UAE range of more than 50 promotional items under its Event brand name.

“Most of the visitors this week are distributors of office supplies and they’re really interested in our products, particularly the UAE-made items, and that’s exactly what we wanted,” said Alayat, adding that visitors had come from across the Middle East and Africa, including Ghana, Saudi, Kuwait, and the UAE.

“But we were surprised to see that 20-30 percent of visitors were promotional gift re-sellers, while many visitors even approached us for retail opportunities which was totally unexpected.  This is a new channel for us and we’ve already arranged some meetings for next week to see how we can supply our items for the retail sector,” added Alayat.

Paperworld Middle East’s refined Playworld Pavilion also enjoyed a resurgence in 2018, with more than two dozen global manufacturers of children’s toys, games, and lifestyle products taking part this year.  

Germany’s Spiegelburg was returning to the dedicated section for the first time in seven years, having first exhibited at Paperworld Middle East’s inaugural edition in 2011.  The 40-year old family business initially started out as a children’s book publisher, but has since branched out into children’s toys, stationery, and gifts. 

Barbara Wolff, managing director at Spiegelburg, said: “The Middle East is very important for us because we’ve learnt that here there’s a huge market for companies that are organising parties and events for children, and they’re very much looking for quality and imaginative products that children can enjoy.”

“We find inspiration everywhere for our products and we’re looking for partners who have the same ideals as us.  We’ve met some interesting potential partners not just from this region, but also India and Africa,” she said.

Paperworld Middle East 2018 was also the scene for the announcement of a new manufacturing partnership between UAE-based Capital Envelopes and US-headquartered Sealed Air, the world leader of protective packaging and inventor of the ubiquitous bubble wrap.

The joint venture between the two companies will see Capital Envelopes as the licensed manufacturer in the Middle East and Africa of Sealed Air’s full range of Mail Lite branded protective envelopes and mailers.

Ali Haider, CEO of Capital Envelopes, a long-time Paperworld Middle East exhibitor, said the new agreement is targeted to serve the wider region’s burgeoning e-commerce sector:

“E-commerce is big space, and it’s going to continue to grow from the West to the East,” said Haider.

“Industry reports have indicated that in 2018, there’ll be around US$10 billion in of e-commerce trade in the UAE alone.  If you think that packaging is one percent of the cost, that’s a pretty big number,” he added.

Haider added: “We’ve had a healthy reaction from all our primary regional distributors that are keen to take this product on-board, while we’ve also had a visit from, one of the Gulf region’s largest e-commerce platforms.”

“Within the next six weeks, we’ll have product on the floor, and we’re going to build on that.  We’re working currently on bringing all the necessary manufacturing equipment to the UAE and we should be ready to manufacture before the year is out,” added Haider.

Paperworld Middle East 2018 featured country pavilions from Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Pakistan, while the UAE contingent was as strong as ever, with the 31 local exhibitors on-board headed by Farook International Stationery, Capital Envelopes, NGR Paper, Hoshan Pan Gulf, and Party Camel.

The 9th edition of Paperworld Middle East will return in March 2019, offering another one-stop-shop for trade buyers and professionals sourcing inspiration and the latest industry supplies, from office supplies, leather goods, corporate gifts, school articles, toys and games, creative materials and party supplies, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

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