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An exhibition stall at the Paper Asia 2011.

Participation of large Chinese and Indian companiesat Paper Arabia 2011 has made the show grow more than 30 per cent than last year, reflecting the robust growth of UAE paper and tissue industry, according to the organisers of the biggest paper show in the MENA region.

The fourth edition of three-day exhibition will open its doors for trade visitors on Sunday with 150 companies from 25 countries. Last year, 115 firms participated in the third International Exhibition on Paper, Tissue, Converting Industry.

Chinese and Indian participation has increased by 20 and 15 per cent, respectively, in display area of the show. The organiser expects 100 per cent increase in trade visitors this year. Last year the show witnessed 5,000 trade visitors and 10,000 professionals are expected this year, according to the organiser – Al Fajer Information and Services.

Addressing a news conference on Saturday, major participants and sponsors of the show highlighted the trend and growth areas of the industry. Top officials from China National Household Paper Industry Association representing the Chinese contingent, main sponsor of the show Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), and major participant Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill, addressed the news conference. The show will promote technique improvement and economic development of the industry, and to accelerate the modernisation drive in the fast growing industry.

Chinese companies will display a wide range of household paper products and machinery equipment. The growing tissue market of the Middle East remains a key attraction for Chinese companies. They want to explore the huge market and establish a stable relationship in the Middle East area.

Chinese and Indian companies attending Paper Arabia 2011 come from tissue/sanitary products vendors, converting machinery manufacturers, tissue producers, sanitary products related companies and tissue package sealing label maker. Paper Arabia 2011 not only specialise in paper industry but also tissue and converting industries.

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the worlds leading pulp and paper companies and the largest vertically integrated pulp and paper producer in Asia, excluding Japan, is sponsoring the show. Established in Dubai 20 years ago,APP offers full product range except newspaper in all GCC countries andIran.

APP International Marketing Pte Ltd General Manager Suneet Sood at the news conference said that last year was a tough year for the industry, but APP managed to achieve 20 per cent growth in 2010.

Last year APP sales reached around $350 million in the region, Sood said, adding: Economic situation is better now and we expect another 15-20 per cent growth this year. APP offers full product range except newspaper in all GCC countries and Iran, he added.

POSITIVE GROWTH

Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, said: Paper Arabia 2011 will feature 150 companies from 25 countries, compared to 115 companies in its last edition in 2010. These positive signs indicate that the paper industry is seeing remarkable growth in terms of production, export of machinery, import of products and total investments.

Commenting on the rapidly increasing Chinese interest in the paper and tissue industry in the UAE, Khanna said: Chinese companies will display a wide range of household paper products and machinery equipment. The growing tissue market of the Middle East remains a key attraction for Chinese companies. They want to explore the huge market or establish stable relationship in the Middle East area. Paper Arabia is an ideal platform to explore business in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM), one of the UAE’s largest and most largest and advanced manufacturers of jumbo tissue paper rolls, is participating in the show this year.

The expo serves as a launching pad for new technologies targeted at the Middle East region. The participants include leading global names from USA, UK, India, China, Germany, Taiwan, Indonesia, Austria, Korea to name a few.

The domestic production of paper packaging and tissues crossed 2.5 million tonnes in the UAE in 2010, according to the organizers of Paper Arabia 2011, the exhibition that has seen a remarkable increase in the number of paper mills participating.

Sources: Khaleejtimes, emirates 24|7, ameinfo

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