(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The UAE's consumption of household paper is less than one-tenth of the consumption of office and printed paper, according to the organisers of Paper Arabia, the biggest paper show in the MENA region.
"UAE consumption on household paper stands at Dh325 million, while it reached Dh3.5 billion in stationery, office and printed paper in 2010," said Satish Khanna, General Manager of Al Fajer Information and Services, the organisers of the fourth edition of the event.
Paper Arabia will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 18 to 20.
"The show, mainly sponsored by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) - the world's third largest pulp and paper company - demonstrates the UAE's stature in regional and global paper industry and its expanding reach as an efficient business hub with robust infrastructure," Khanna added.
The paper industry has been registering spectacular growth with several production centres and paper converting businesses flourishing.
The show will place special emphasis on hygiene and disposable products, in view of the surge in demand for various products like wet wipes, baby diapers and sanitary napkins.
"Paper Arabia, with more than 175 exhibitors from more than 30 countries from across the world, will be a key platform for traders and industry players to interact. The show's participants will include leading global names from the paper, tissue and converting sectors," Khanna said.
"This specialised show has highlighted to key international players the importance of being a part of the region's booming paper industry. The paper, tissue and converting industries will be displaying latest technologies at the three day show. This is the only such show in the Middle East that is really making rapid strides year after year. It offers opportunities to the manufactures and suppliers of finished products, equipment, machinery, paper chemicals, services, supplies of paper, tissue and converting sector to access the Middle East and North African markets," Khanna added.
Manufacturers, converters, distributors and traders from all over the world will come to Paper Arabia to do business and share expertise.
The participants for this year's show include leading global names such as Asia Pulp and Paper, Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill, Mondi Paper, SAPPI, China National Household Paper Industry Association, Ballarpur Paper, Gruppo Cordenons and Ballarpur Paper, among others.
Countries like China, India, Italy, and Malaysia are participating in national pavilions.