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Middle East consumed 20 million tons of paper, out of global consumption of 323 million tons in 2012


WAM DUBAI, 23rd September, 2013 (WAM) -- Middle East paper consumption reached 20 million tons in 2012, compared with 18 million tons in 2010, an increase of 11 percent. The total world paper consumption was 323 million tons, according to recent statistics.



The Middle East imports 100% of its printing and stationery paper, with China, Indonesia and India being the biggest exporters, followed by Canada, Brazil and some European countries. Paper manufacturing machinery is 100% imported from China, Taiwan, India, Europe and Egypt.



These figures were revealed on the sidelines the preparations for Paper Arabia 2013, which opens on September 24th at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Industry figures published by UN Comtrade showed that newsprint imports into the UAE declined 11 per cent from AED 203 million in 2007 to AED 127 million in 2011. Likewise, import of tissues and napkins decreased by 6 per cent. The same source said that newsprint represents 1.4 percent of the UAE paper imports, while tissues and napkins took up 3.1 percent in 2011, down from 3.3 percent and 5.9 percent respectively in 2007.



Satish Khanna, General Manager of Al Fajer Information and Services, organisers of the show, revealed that the Middle East main focus was tissues. He said, "The UAE imports paper and tissues mainly from Asia, and specifically from Indonesia, making it a key re-export center in the Middle East region. The paper industry saw spectacular growth in recent years, with production centres, paper mills and paper converting businesses growing both in numbers and output." These facts were highlighted at a press conference held to announce the 6th edition of Paper Arabia, the MENA's premier specialised event for the paper industry. Key industry players will be showcasing their latest products and solutions for the entire production chain, from pulp to packaging, distribution, wholesales/retailing, trading and marketing products in the three day show.



Khanna said this year's edition of Paper Arabia has attracted elite players from the paper, tissue and converting industry. It offers opportunities for 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.



Mr. Khanna said that European paper machinery manufacturers will showcase new solutions at Paper Arabia 2013. These companies will use the show as a platform to establish new contacts and seek new partners and customers from the Middle East region.



Paper Arabia 2013 offers opportunities to manufacturers and suppliers of finished products, equipment, machinery, paper chemicals, services, supplies of paper, tissue and converting sector to tap the Middle East and North African markets.



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