Hazel Mercantile, traders and distributors of paper and paper boards to 40 countries in Africa, Europe, India and Far East, participated for the second time at Paper Arabia 2011, with their range of recycled and printing papers, copier paper, newsprint among other products. Atul Kacker, head of Dubai office, Hazel Middle East FZE said, "The market has been growing on the whole, though there was a 2-year period of slow growth. Among the Middle East countries, Qatar and Jordan are doing well, while the UAE is more tough, with too many suppliers and the mills themselves having a presence here. We, however, are planning to expand and increase investments in the region by introducing new grades, which will be announced by the end of this year." Kacker also opined that Paper Arabia should be held once every two years, and should not be a yearly show, since there are too many shows happening at the same time and customers find it difficult to attend all of them.

Hazel Mercantile has opened its Dubai office before 9 years. "We are traders and sell accordingly, but the competition and number of players increasing while margins are shrinking. Also, though eco-friendly papers are being increasingly sold in the Middle East these grades are not that popular since people look for whiteness," concluded Kacker.