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Oman: In the backdrop of the surge in demand for paper packaging across the Middle East, Oman’s Keryas Paper Industry is taking part in the upcoming Propaper Dubai 2023, which will run during September 12-14 at Dubai at the Festival Arena at Dubai Festival City.

“The growth in paper food packaging which surged during and after the pandemic continues to create growth for paper players in the MEA markets, and specifically in the GCC, where internet penetration is the world’s highest aiding online commerce.

The opportunity size has also grown with verticals like pharma, personal care, and cosmetics taking to paper packaging solutions in a big way riding the e-commerce boom,” said Omar Ali Abdullah Al Hosni, Chairman, of Keryas Paper Industry, Oman.
Anticipating increased demand in this sector, Keryas Paper had announced investments in the kraft paper segment to manufacture re-cycled kraft paper jumbo reels, unveiling a $40 million kraft paper project in the UAE during the previous Propaper expo in 2022.

A statement from the organizers of the expo, Verifair, said that the share of paper packaging in the estimated US$74 billion overall packaging market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) continues to see exponential growth with e-commerce boom and consumer preference veers to sustainable and environment-friendly solutions.

Propaper Dubai 2023 will host a large contingent of global paper and packaging companies that are at the vanguard of innovation. The show also incorporates Super Sourcing Dubai under the auspices of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Industry experts participating at the upcoming leading B2B exhibition said that in line with this demand growth, investments in kraft paper mills have also risen in the region in the post-Covid era, with enhanced use of paper packaging across industry verticals such as food, catering hygiene, pharma and cosmetics driving up demand.

“E-commerce continues to be on an upsurge in the GCC and larger MEA markets, and this has, in turn, catalyzed the demand for packaging solutions across the board. The overall e-commerce market in the region may surpass $25 billion within the next couple of years, and this will fuel the need for paper packaging solutions, and the paper industry with its sustainable and alternative propositions stand to gain,” said Majid Rasheed – Managing Director of the UAE’s Star Paper Mill Paper Industry.

 Quoting a Data Bridge Market Research report, Propaper 2023 spokespeople said that the kraft paper market will continue to gain market share. According to the forecast for 2020-2028, the kraft paper market will grow at a CAGR of 3.8 percent in the UAE alone to over $54 million.

 Star Paper Mills had also announced investments in the kraft paper segment, and in collaboration with RC, Paper Machines had announced an investment of over $54 million in Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) to manufacture re-cycled kraft paper jumbo reels.

 A Mordor Intelligence report also confirmed the growth trend in B2C and B2B paper packaging solutions at an estimated CAGR of 4.30 percent in MEA during 2023-2028.

 “The paper industry has been seeing a steady surge of investments, both as expansion in existing projects as well as greenfield projects with the market for paper-based products consistently rising. In the GCC alone, the growth has been pronounced for paper packaging with a digitally savvy and sustainability-conscious young population accelerating their online spending,” said Jeen Joshua, Managing Director, Verifair.

India’s participation

Indian companies at Propaper 2023 form the single largest contingent of exhibitors, while China and Egypt are the other pavilion participants. Indian participation also comes in the context of the growing bilateral trade between India, the GCC countries.
Propaper 2023 will be a platform or paper industry stakeholders to congregate, showcase products and explore partnerships and growth opportunities, the expo in its second year is a unique buyer-seller platform that will facilitate partnerships, joint investments, market-entry, and exploration as well as increased sales forays for the participants.

The show will host paper industry companies from across a wide spectrum, including corrugated paper board makers paper mill machinery manufacturers tissue and converting machinery, as well as printing and packaging equipment.