The fifth edition of the international exhibition for paper, tissue, converting and allied industries in the region, Paper Arabia 2012 concluded to mixed response.  Though there was one exhibitor less this year as compared to the last edition, 12% additional exhibition space was taken up, say the organisers.
The footfall consisted of partly serious visitors and partly spillovers from parallel events.  Some exhibitors did voice a concern of reduced international presence, particularly from Iran, Saudi Arabia and African nations, attributing it to Drupa and regional tensions.  A major show like Drupa is bound to take away a sizeable portion of budgetary allocations.
The emerging trend in the region is greater emphasis on packaging, which most exhibitors said was on a steady upward movement. Most manufacturers said they would be either adding or expanding packaging capacity.
All in all, Paper Arabia was a satisfactory event.
The stories to take note of in this issue are the interviews by the president of Farook International Stationery and Gustavo Oviedo, managing director and chief customer officer, emerging geographics- Kodak and our better business feature on growing profits through sharing costs.