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UAE the biggest importer of paper in the Mena region – Crown Paper Mill

The UAE is the biggest importer of paper and tissue in the Mena region with a per capita consumption of 175 kilograms in comparison with the world common consumption of 62 kilograms, in line with an trade skilled.

The UAE is a major marketplace for Asian firms’ tissue paper and disposable merchandise. It imports papers and tissues primarily from Asia, and particularly from Indonesia, making it a key re-export centre in the Middle East, mentioned Satish Khanna, General Manager of Al Fajer Information & Services, organiser of “Paper Arabia”, the solely exhibition in Middle East for the paper trade.

He added that the paper trade in the UAE may be very worthwhile. This explains why multinational firms are opening up their regional headquarters in the UAE to serve the total region.

“The UAE has definitely emerged as a frontrunner in the distribution of high quality paper and it’s making nice strides in producing paper. It is an rising market the place there’s additionally an ideal expenditure on paper the place statistics present that for each greenback spent on newsprint, there are three {dollars} spent on common commodity paper in the UAE.”

Khanna added: “Major shoppers of commodity paper are Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) who’re spending between Dh100,000 and Dh150,000 yearly on this sort of paper. Newsprint paper contains newspapers and magazines whereas common commodity paper contains workplace paper, notebooks, enterprise playing cards, books, wedding ceremony playing cards, greeting playing cards and company and advertising and marketing collateral.”

Comparing the UAE’s consumption ranges to that of different nations, Khanna mentioned: “The paper consumption per capita in the UAE is a big determine with a small inhabitants, when contrasted with a rustic like India the place the per capita consumption is mere 9 kilograms. UAE’s consumption is on par with Italy and Spain. For instance, in 2010, the UAE consumed 3.5 million tonnes of paper, towards 18 million tonnes in the total Middle East region and 450 million tonnes globally.”

Local manufacturing

The Middle East paper trade, one of the quickest rising in the world, at this time meets half of the necessities of native consumption. This is a rise of 12 per cent over 2008, when the native manufacturing met simply 38 per cent of demand. The region is thus much less depending on import of tissues from exterior the Arab region, as mills enhance their manufacturing, he added.

Moreover, in line with the Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association, one of the world’s biggest associations specialising in paper, nations in the Middle East consumed 19 million tonnes of paper in 2011, and this determine is anticipated to extend to 29 million tonnes in the subsequent 8 years. The affiliation mentioned that social media and the giant dependence on digital applied sciences are having minimal influence on the consumption of paper in the world and the Middle East.

Smart know-how

On how the implementation of sensible know-how might cut back paper consumption, Khanna mentioned: “It is ironic that each digital pad saves 10 kilograms of paper however at the identical time provides 3 kilograms for packaging the merchandise.”

“It has been confirmed that every pad has displaced 10 kg of paper together with newsprint, photocopy and workplace paper but it surely has added 3 kg for packaging every merchandise. Key gamers in the paper trade say that the digital growth in the Middle East doesn’t largely have an effect on the printing of paper as seen from the incontrovertible fact that UAE is amongst the highest shoppers of paper in the world regardless of the enhance penetration of digital pads in the nation.”

However, Khanna mentioned that whereas there aren’t any figures to focus on how a lot the world spends on newsprint, it constitutes one third of expenditure on common commodity papers in the UAE.

“This determine varies between one nation and one other, nevertheless it is vitally comparable in the Gulf region and it will get much less in nations with a poor media panorama,” Khanna added.

It is estimated that 110 million pads have been produced in 2010 globally, that lowered the consumption of paper by 1.1 million tonnes. According to the Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association, in the Middle East, the consumption of paper will enhance by 11 million tonnes regardless of of the digital growth happening in the Middle East and the demand shall be met presently by worldwide gamers as native paper producers don’t have plentiful water.

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