There are quite a number of essentials when someone thinks of office stationery and equipment, but the one that cannot be left out is office paper. The South African office and business market is just like the rest of the world, and paper suppliers continue to have a big impact in the daily lives of individuals working in offices. For this reason many large offices will have actually have store rooms where they will store office paper which can be used at a different time.
Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1400′s and as much as technology has evolved, paper is still the standard way of keeping record for many important business documents, contracts and agreements. Office paper can be classified in many different ways as there are different printers on the market which use different types of paper, however the most popular size in Southern Africa is A4. There is also different quality when it comes to paper and this comes down to the paper supplier. Sometimes the supplier does not completely produce the paper themselves, instead they only take care of a certain part in the paper making process. There are several types of quality when it comes to paper, plain white sheets are the most common, but even these differ from company to company, the only way to really know which type of office paper suits one’s needs is to look around and try different types.
Suppliers continue to get better and better at producing paper, the costs decrease and the differences in quality are very small and are difficult to find. Sometimes the manufacturer of the high-use printer which is used inside offices will recommend a brand of printing paper that works best with it’s printer. Making office paper is not something that can be done over night, there are many different parties which each play a unique role in the eventual product. Paper starts with planting trees on a large scale, harvesting all these trees and then sending them to special factories, one of the last steps in the process is to bleach the paper to a white colour that the offices are seeking.