Plus Japan to expand UK market

The Plus range of stationery and craft products will be stocked by Robinson Young in the UK with the strategic…

Pelikan board accepts Herlitz consolidation proposal

In addition to the recent announcement by Pelikan to consolidate its stationery manufacturing distribution business into Herlitz, PICB has also…

Bong suffers from demand drop

The company estimates the European envelope market declined by 5-6% in the first six months of 2014. Its own sales…

Pentel appoints channel manager

As Channel Manager, Davis-Lindholm is charged with developing new business opportunities and will be responsible for managing relationships with all…

Martin Yale targeting global distribution

The Martin Yale print finishing business was sold by former owner Escalade last week to Michigan-based private equity firm LV2…

Pelikan consolidates stationery business

The proposed asset streamlining exercise mainly involves the manufacturing and distribution of writing instruments, art, painting and hobby products, school…

Office 1 Indonesia adds stores

The new additions are located within large Ace Hardware superstores (both companies are part of the Kawan Lama Group) to…

BIC ups stake in Cello to 75%

The latest deal, worth €53 million ($72 million), was originally announced in March and is part of the shareholder agreement…

Stéphane Hamelin takes over as Bong CEO

Davidsson, who was CEO for over ten years, has taken the position as CEO at workwear distributor Kwintet, also based…

Escalade sells Martin Yale

The sale – for which financial details were not announced – closed on 30 June and includes the print finishing…

News snippets 4 July 2014

has signed a deal with In.Cubo – an incubator of innovative business initiatives – to use its facilities for a…

Integra locks in Ivy Stationery

Integra is the only dealer group to have secured a preferential agreement with Ivy, which offers a wide selection of…

Healthy top-line growth for James Cropper

Sales for the 12 months to 29 March were £84.5 million ($144 million), 7% up on the figure of £79.2…

Category Analysis: Desktop Accessories

It’s been a tough few years for the OP industry and sales of desktop accessories took a big hit as…

Category Analysis: Visual Communications

The visual communications (viscom) category is in rude health. Sales of interactive display products, panels and boards continue to buck…

Category Analysis: Writing Instruments

With the pinch being so keenly felt, it continues to be rather surprising that there has been so little consolidation in…

Sponsored Article: Colop

Since it was founded over 30 years ago, Colop has always been committed to product innovations in the field of…

Category Analysis: Arts and Crafts

There’s nothing new about the adjacent arts and crafts category, but it has had notable peaks in the OP channel, in…

Category Analysis: Paper

It’s been a busy year for the paper category as the industry has reacted to shrinking demand with a rash…

Category Analysis: Filing

The filing and archiving category is the most traditional of traditional office products segments and there’s no point explaining what…

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Relief for Borroni after difficult times

OPI speaks with ADVEO Italy Managing Director Luca Borroni following the news that the company’s future has been assured. After…