UAE's per capita consumption of paper is 175 kg, against global average of 62kg: Paper Arabia
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, October 02 - 2012 at 09:53
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The per capita consumption of paper in the UAE is 175 kg, against the global average consumption of 62 kg. The same figure reaches 320 kg in USA. These international industry statistics were released today on the sidelines of the inauguration of Paper Arabia 2012.
Paper Arabia 2012, the first-of-its-kind industry expo, was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development, (Monday, 1 October 2012) at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The event will continue until October 3.
Al Qamzi said: "The UAE is a key player in the paper industry in the region, which is reflected in the high number of publications and publishing houses across the UAE. Local manufacturers and suppliers of paper are adopting modern solutions and taking the right steps to protect the environment and keeping costs to the minimum."
"The domestic paper industry has also expanded its footprint in the past few years to meet the different requirements of the market as well as competition, by focusing on high quality, which is among the goals upheld by Paper Arabia," added Al Qamzi.
Al Qamzi noted that many specialised companies in the paper industry have chosen Dubai as their headquarters for various reasons, including the excellent infrastructure, ease of doing business and convenient access to markets. Dubai is committed to support businesses and investors in the paper industry and promote sector performance.
A4 paper captures the lion's share in the consumption trends in the UAE, according to Mr. Suresh Kilam, Executive Director, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), world's second largest pulp and paper producing company and the largest vertically integrated pulp and paper producer in Asia, excluding Japan.
Kilam added: "APP sold more than 700,000 tons of paper to the Middle East in 2011 and our sales volumes will touch 1 million tons in 2012, valued at $800m."
The global production of paper reached 415 million tons between January 2012 and now. APP produces 14.5 million tons of this entire production, out of which one million tons is sold to the region.
Paper Arabia 2012 will continue until Wednesday (3rd October, 2012) with the participation of 125 companies from 20 countries. The UAE is playing an instrumental role in re-exporting paper and tissues to the entire MENA region. It is also a producer of paper with more than 12 factories based in the country.
Kilam added: "The UAE has a major role to play in re-exporting paper. It is feasible for the Gulf countries to trade and re-export paper instead of producing it for the costs incurred in desalination of water used in the production of paper.
Mr. Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services which organizes the show, said that Paper Arabia has positioned itself as an ideal platform for international companies to target the rapidly growing paper market in the MENA region. The show throughout the three days will highlight key regional industry segments.
Paper Arabia is a key platform for traders and industry players to interact. Elite players from the industry are participating in Paper Arabia 2012 as they believe it offers opportunities to the manufacturers and suppliers of finished products, equipment, machinery, paper chemicals, services, supplies of paper, tissue and converting sector to access the lucrative Middle East and North African markets.
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