Office Stationery and Supplies Market – Is Our Future as Bright as Our Paper?

Office stationery and supplies are an integral part of any professional ecosystem. Everyday tasks are heavily dependent on paper supplies. Although digitization has been a concept around since the 1970s, no matter how increasingly we have begun to be dependent on gadgets, nothing can replace both the charm and utility of paper. And as long as the paper is around, other office supplies that go with it have a definitive future!

Paper products, desk supplies, mailing supplies, computer paper, printing paper, copier paper, premium multi-purpose paper, coloured paper, filing supplies, binding essentials, supplies for identification, reminders, planners…stationery items needed around an office are many!

From corporate offices to hospitals, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, cafes, logistics and delivery services, government organizations and academic institutions like school, colleges and universities, office stationery and supplies have users across sectors.

Studies on the Industrial Growth of the office stationery and supplies market give us an insight into the future trends and developments of the industry.

Key takeaways:

  • Studies in 2019 valued the global stationery market at USD 90.6 billion and expected it to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% over the next 5 years.
  • The global trend of an increasing number of startups is considered a major driver in the growth in demand for office stationery products.
  • Government initiatives in developing countries are opening up avenues for international companies to offer jobs to locals, thereby new demand for office stationery and supplies.
  • The global education industry’s growth over the last few years means more qualified and skilled professionals being able to work in formal office set-ups. Regional trends of an increase in literacy and educational levels has created more job takers in the organized sector, thereby increasing the users of office stationery products.
  • Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the office stationery and supplies market as work-from-home remains the trend. But the industry is slowly recovering from the blow as several regions in the world gradually open up for business again.
  • While digitization is being seen as a need due to several reasons, the high cost incurred in transitioning leads to several organizations reconsidering the shift, thereby encouraging them to continue the usage of office stationery products to keep everyday tasks going smoothly.

Paperline is the leading office stationery and supplies, manufacturer and distributor. A proud brand of Asia Pulp and Paper, we have reputed distribution channels in over 150 countries across 6 continents. For decades, Paperline has served as a trusted partner to a big loyal client base, especially in the Middle East and African region.

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The Growing Demand for High-Quality Recycled Copy Paper

In maintaining its commitment to provide high-quality paper products to the world, APP recently expanded its Paperline portfolio with Paperline Eye Care-100% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW), a high white, high bright copy paper. One of the fastest-growing commodities in the world is recycled copy paper. The global copier paper market is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 1.5% from 2020-2026. Segments in demand are post-consumer waste grades with more than 50% recycled content. 

The paper industry’s ability to respond to consumer demand for PCW copy paper has been affected by the implementation of the China National SWORD program, announced in 2017. Many countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and India have also implemented quality standards on waste products similar to the Chinese program which banned the import of reclaimed waste such as mixed paper products, plastics, and other materials for use in the development of the recycled paper. Currently, new import licenses for wastepaper are granted for materials that possess a fiber purity level greater than 99.5%. The ban has led to a major global shift in how materials tossed in the recycling bin are being sorted and processed. This has paved the way for innovation and new technology needed to sort, de-ink and isolate the high-value materials need to meet the SWORD Standard. This sorting of choice wastepaper has fueled the growth in this new commodity segment for high-quality copy and printing papers. 

The use of technology to save trees and sort valuable wastepaper can enable waste operators to continue exporting their material overseas to markets where high purity pulp materials will command a much higher market price. One of the recent advances in recycled sorting is sensor-based technology. Sensor-based technology identifies high purity paper grades, such as brown cardboard, printed cartons, plastic-coated cartons, dyed paper, newsprint, and multiple-colour printed paper products.  This helps to isolate and identify the high-value materials and sort them for eventual repulping, saving trees and energy, thus making it more sustainable. Data worth noting for the sustainable production of recycled paper indicate that energy savings of 7 to 57 percent are possible for paper products such as newsprint, printing paper, packaging paper, and tissue paperAnd, 1 metric ton of 100% recycled paper saves 26 trees, equivalent to 4.4 tons of wood, reducing greenhouse gases by as much as 58%.

Despite the economic impact of Covid, the future is bright for tissue, paper and paperboard products, which will continue to grow substantially in the West, Europe and emerging markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Latin America. With increases in population, urbanization, and the development of a new middle class, reclaiming and recycling paper for new paper products has a positive impact on the environment, job creation and will ultimately drive the cost down as recycled pulp becomes a mainstream commodity. 

APP will continue to invest in new technologies while leveraging its current supply chain to secure the top choice reclaimed wastepaper content needed to produce quality paper products Like our Paperline Eye Care.

Standard Paper Sizes in International Usage

Standardization of paper sizes is important for several reasons, such as the size of file cabinets, folders, printer trays, binders, envelopes, mail services, etc. Several dependent objects are designed with paper sizes in mind. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has classified certain paper dimensions for ease of manufacture and use internationally.

Most countries outside of North America use paper sizes that fall into one of two series: the A Series and the B Series.


The A series

Originally introduced in Germany in the 1920s, it quickly spread through Europe and around the world to be codified in the 1970s by ISO. Today, apart from North America, this is the most commonly used paper standard across the world.

A4, the most commonly used paper size in the world belongs to this series.

Sizes in the A series range from A0 through A10.

(Image to be inserted – A0 – A10 dimensions shown as paper’s parts in half)


Applications for the A series:

A0: Large posters, signs, CAD drawings, wall notices, architectural plans

A1: Sings, posters, display windows, exhibition graphics, wall notices, art * design visuals, architectural plans

A2: Posters, notices, art prints, display windows, architectural plans, exhibition graphics, wall notices

A3: Charts, posters, presentations, CAD drawings, architectural plans

A4: Everyday printing at homes and offices such as letterheads, posters, presentations, reports, training manuals, brochures, booklets, use in fax and copy machines

A5: Diaries, planners, books, invitations, flyers, booklets

A6: Postcards, flyers, leaflets, flashcards, invitations

A7: Large post-it notes, ticket printing

A8: Business cards

A9: Vouchers, tickets, coupons

A10: Stamps, vouchers


The RAW series of paper is slightly bigger than the A series. It is widely used for commercial printing as it allows the ink to bleed to the edge of the paper, before being cut to match the A format.


The B series

This standard size was introduced to provide a wider range of paper size options. The B series is a little bigger than the A series; just big enough to fill in the sizes between each size of the A series. Naturally, the B series also has sizes ranging from B0 through B10.

(Image to be inserted – B0 – B10 dimensions shown as paper’s parts in half)


Applications for the B series:

B0: Large posters, enlarged photograph prints

B1: Large posters, signs, enlarged photograph prints

B2: Posters

B3: Posters, art prints, photographs, paintings

B4: Posters and notes

B5: Menus, magazines, advertising flyers

B6: Booklets, flyers

B7: Small flyers, compact notebooks, menus

B8: Small flyers, business cards

B9: Labels

B10: Vouchers


Other sizes


The standard envelope sizes that adhere to the ISO standard used internationally are generally designed to be used with paper sizes in common usage. The C series is most commonly used for envelopes. The size of the C series paper is the geometric mean of the areas of the A and B series paper of the same number.

The DL envelope is the most common envelope used in business. DL is short for ‘Dimension Lengthwise’.


Paper sizes in North America do not have a consistent aspect ratio as the ISO standard does. They can be broadly categorized as Loose, ANSI, and Arch series. The most commonly used sizes in the US are – Letter, Legal, Tabloid, Leger, Junior Legal, Half Letter, Government Letter, Government Legal, ANSI A, ANSI B, ANSI C, ANSI D, ANSI E, Arch A, Arch B, Arch C, Arch D, Arch E, Arch E1, Arch E2 and Arch E3.


There are three main types of envelopes used in the US which do not correspond to the ISO standard of paper sizes. They are known as Commercial, Announcement, and Catalog. Other less known styles of the envelope are Baronial, Booklet and Square.


Standard photographic sizes are often named with the format ‘nR’, where the number ‘n’ represents the length of the shortest side in inches. In the normal series, the longest side is the length of the shortest side plus 2 inches, when it is 10 inches or less. When it is 11 inches and above, 3 inches is added to the shortest side.


There are many different publication formats, and they vary from country to country. Broadsheet, Berliner, and Tabloid sizes are the most popular ones in use today.


Find the most common internationally used paper sizes at Paperline. We have paper in different thicknesses to suit different everyday paper needs at home and in the office. Create the best presentations, charts, reports, brochures, posters, booklets, invites, and much more with Paperline’s impeccably white and smooth paper.

Paperline also carries an extensive range of premium colored papers for print and creative usage. We also supply envelopes in several standard sizes. Check out our complete range of office stationery products now on

Make Somebody’s Day With a Handwritten Letter!

Once a common means of communication, handwritten letters are the epitome of conveying closeness and fond emotions to those you care about today. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, festive greetings, Valentine’s Day, and get-well cards are just some reasons to write a letter to make someone’s day.

The process of sending a letter makes the recipient feel special. Handwritten letters are the most meaningful way to show someone that you care. The sheer time and effort one puts into writing a letter makes it an emotional present in today’s times when words can be typed on fingertips or dictated for virtual assistants to type out. Collating thoughts, writing it by hand on paper, and bringing it to be mailed require so much more effort than whipping out a smartphone, typing a line, and hitting send instantly. The joy of seeing a special someone or a close friend reading your words in your handwriting is simply the cherry on top!

No matter how many emails, text messages, video calls, social media tags or other electronic and digital communication you employ, putting it in a letter makes your message extra special.

Maybe it is a good thing that letters are still delivered slowly, even today. It restores the sweet excitement of awaiting the arrival of a letter posted by someone.

We are constantly bombarded with several pieces of information and entertainment for professional and personal purposes every day. Consequently, we learn to peruse the content for keywords. It is hard to pay attention to every word when you read on screen. But letters in someone’s handwriting encourage slow, mindful reading. The slow pace of reading results in establishing better connections between the writer and recipient.

Next time you wish to reconnect with a long-lost relative or friend, or simply wish to rekindle your relationship with a loved one, write them a heartfelt letter!

Articulate your thoughts on Paperline’s bright, extra white paper available in different thicknesses and sizes. Further, our acid-free paper preserves ink for longer, so your loved ones can preserve the message in your letter for longer! To mail your letters, check out our range of quality envelopes to find the right size you need.


Envelopes – everything you need to know

Envelopes are a big part of our lives today. From sending personal festive greetings to several official documentation, these sealed packets add a sense of security that the contents of your package shall be delivered as you intended.

We probably can’t imagine lives without envelopes now, because they have been around for centuries!


The first envelopes

Babylonians are credited with the invention of the first envelopes. But since the paper hadn’t been invented as early as 2000 BC, the first envelopes were actually envelope-like folders made of clay. These were primarily used to store inscribed tablets. These outer containers had to be broken to access the contents. Thus, the history of envelopes began.


The first paper envelopes

By the 17th century, several common people were exchanging letters, majorly in Europe. Envelopes were commonly used by the elite class as an extra piece of paper to wrap around the papers that contained the written contents and were charged accordingly. But most commoners who couldn’t afford this extra charge would simply fold their letters into an envelope shape to seal it. Early envelopes were hand made for personal use.

Rowland Hill stating in 1837, that a “physical stamp containing a gum wash and a prepaid penny wrapper were to be developed” led to local businesses creating standardized envelope templates. But these were still hand-folded, which meant production was slow.


The first envelope folding machine

Edwin Hill designed the first envelope folding machine in 1840 that soon led to wide-spread usage of envelopes in England. Several others perfected his work and many versions came out by 1851. Some used a vacuum to create envelopes and produced 240 pieces per hour, soon putting hand-folded envelope making businesses out of work. Europe began exporting envelope making machines to the rest of the world.

The first American envelope making the machine was created by Dr.Russel L. Hawes, whose invention produced up to 2500 pieces per hour.



Self-gumming envelopes

James Green Arnold took envelope making machines to the next level with the addition of a brush that applied gum to the envelope’s seal. The Swift brothers perfected this design, after which gummed envelope making machines took off in 1876.


Envelopes today

185 billion envelopes are globally produced every year today. The normalized usage of envelopes has led to the invention of an array of different shapes, sizes, and styles. Combinations of materials are used to produce envelopes of different strengths to hold various items, depending on different applications across industries.


Communicating a written message continues to be of utmost importance to mankind. Envelopes are also widely used for storing documents in an organized manner for longer periods of time in work spaces. Shipping companies cannot do without envelopes today. From sharing personal experiences, and wishing someone well, to sending monthly bills and pre-stamped response envelopes for remittances in some countries even today, envelopes are a big part of our personal and professional lives.

Check out Paperline’s wide range of envelopes. We offer several standard shapes, styles, and sizes required for your everyday needs.

5 must-have paper-based office essentials

We all use electronic gadgets in everyday life. Even for professional purposes. You are reading this on one. But the more we use digital devices, the more we find ourselves needing paper for the smallest of things.
You immediately look for a pen and paper to jot important things down when on a call.
Putting thoughts down on paper is the best way to get ideas flowing.
Paper is easier on the eyes, which is why it is easier for one to spot obvious mistakes on printed material than on screen. Don’t believe us? Ask a copy editor.
Legal professionals always get work done on paper.
Having a tough day? There is no stress buster better than doodling or scribbling thoughts on paper.
The Paper is cathartic. It makes you productive. That is why it is important for you to always have the right paper products stocked up at your workplace.
Be sure to always have these paper essentials in your office.

Copier paper:
Printers, fax machines, copiers – all need an uninterrupted feed of copier paper to keep your office operating smoothly. Some office spaces may need papers of different thicknesses for different purposes.

Spiral books:
If your work requires you to note down a lot of things that need to be passed on to others, you need spiral notebooks to make that hassle-free. Say good-bye to messy page tears.

Flipover pads:
Does your work demand a lot of writing on the go? Then you definitely deserve a flip over a pad that is light, flat, and easy to carry wherever you go.

Be it for retaining records, storing a portfolio, sending a timeless touch of handwritten letters to your business associates, or simply send bills, memos, other official communication, or generic letters, envelopes of different sizes are a must in the workplace.

Hardback books:
Often, sturdy books are needed to note things down at the workplace. Be it at a closed conference or a seminar for all, hardback notebooks come in handy.

Paperline offers these and several other essential paper-based office supplies such as continuous forms, register books, baladek books, and much more.