All press releases

An international presence: Paperworld in four locations across the world

Jan 24, 2018

Trade-fair participants benefit from high-growth markets at trade events in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Dubai and Shanghai

The globally interconnected PBS-industry needs tradeplatforms in key markets to link supply and demand. Our four Paperworld trade fairs offer a perfect mix of unique product diversity, internationality, excellent service and forward-looking trends.

Paperworld is firmly established in the market as a global trade-fair brand and the most important business platform for paper, office supplies and stationery products. In 2017, Messe Frankfurt enabled more than 2,600 exhibitors and about 84,200 trade visitors to make new business contacts and conclude major transactions at Paperworld shows in four locations, with Frankfurt being the most important trading platform in the sector. “The globally interconnected PBS-industry needs tradeplatforms in key markets to link supply and demand. Our four Paperworld trade fairs offer a perfect mix of unique product diversity, internationality, excellent service and forward-looking trends, "says Julia Uherek, Group Show Director Consumer Goods at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "Traders and suppliers will find the best business opportunities in proven Messe Frankfurt quality in Frankfurt am Main, Dubai, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as at the industry-related toy fairs Toy & Hobby China, Baby & Stroller China and Playworld Middle East."

Paperworld in Frankfurt has been the first port of call for the international paper, office supplies and stationery sector. Industry players can experience the unique breadth and depth of the entire product range there. In the course of globalisation in the industry, Messe Frankfurt, an exhibition corporation operating worldwide, has also internationalised Paperworld with further offshoots of the fair. In 2001, the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair laid the foundations for the Paperworld brand’s successful overseas activities. This was followed in 2005 by Paperworld China in Shanghai and in 2011 by Paperworld Middle East in Dubai, which takes place in parallel with Playworld Middle East.

An overview of Paperworld events:

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Paperworld – The visionary office and the stationery trends

Next date: 27 to 30 January 2018 in Frankfurt am Main
Every year, the leading international trade fair in Frankfurt am Main presents the latest products and trends of the paper, office supplies and stationery industry. Clearly arranged, Paperworld offers the world’s biggest range for the office sector, e.g., commercial office, stationery and drawing products and solutions, and the stationery sector, e.g., paper, school and stationery products for private use, as well as gift articles and wrapping materials. Paperworld is the highlight of the year for the sector and a source of innovative business ideas for the wholesale and retail trades, for book sellers, the internet and mail-order trades and commercial consumers. Additionally, its multi-faceted event and congress programme offers inspiration and expertise not only for retailers but also for architects, planners and facility managers interested in the latest office trends and interior-design concepts.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paperworld Middle East

Next date: 27 February to 1 March 2018 in Dubai
Paperworld Middle East is the most important trading platform for the paper, office supplies and stationery sector in the Near and Middle East, as well as the African catchment area. With 313 exhibitors from 42 countries (2016: 304 exhibitors) and 6,443 visitors from 93 countries (2016: 6,774 visitors), the 2017 event once again affirmed its preeminent position in the region. The seventh edition of Paperworld Middle East was the ideal platform for exhibitors to make contacts and tap into new markets. They were also able to use the fair to generate business growth, present their innovative products and find out about trends and developments in the industry.

Shanghai, China

Paperworld China

Next date: 11-13 October 2018 in Shanghai
In 2017, Paperworld China recorded more visitors than for the previous year (23,368 visitors from 79 countries as compared with 22,932 visitors from 91 countries in 2016). A total of 551 exhibitors from 13 countries (2016: 510 exhibitors from 12 countries) showcased their products in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Paperworld China is the perfect networking platform in the Shanghai business hub and the place where East meets West. As a professional one-stop venue, Paperworld China presents a comprehensive product range that includes simple and elegant stationery products, office supplies, corporate gifts and handicraft items.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong International Stationery Fair

Next date: 7 to 10 January 2019 in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair ranks among Asia’s most important procurement platforms for office and school supplies. In 2018, 20,960 visitors came to the event (2017: 20,821) and 257 exhibitors (2017: 255) showcased their products. The spectrum of products on show encompasses stationery and office supplies, greeting cards, handicraft requisites, school satchels and gift bags. In addition, the event offers an extensive complementary programme, with lectures from prominent experts in the sector. Messe Frankfurt organises the event in cooperation with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

More fairs in the Consumer Goods & Leisure business field:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Playworld Middle East

Next date: 27 February to 1 March 2018 in Dubai
Playworld Middle East is the platform for toys, games and children’s products. It is the perfect complement to Paperworld Middle East and provides synergies for retailers and distributors. Playworld Middle East has been staged in Dubai since 2002 by Messe Frankfurt.

Guangzhou, China

Toy & Hobby China

Baby & Stroller China

Next date: 8 to 10 April 2018 in Guangzhou
Toy & Hobby China is an unmissable event for the toy sector and the meeting place for buyers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers in Guangzhou. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd in cooperation with the Guangdong Toy Association (GDTA), the fair will be held at the beginning of April 2018, together with Baby & Stroller China. The two events attracted 1,068 exhibitors in 2017 (2016: 1,006 exhibitors) and 53,856 visitors (2016: 48,521 visitors).

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). *preliminary numbers 2017
For more information, please visit our website at:  |  |

Messe Frankfurt uses cookies to provide you the best possible browsing experience. By using our services, you consent to our use of cookies. More information