Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sanita Co-Sponsors Annual ‘Walk with Al Youbouh’

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Brand mascots and a ‘fun stop’ create ambiance at event for Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center for Mentally Disabled Adults.

Each year, on a Sunday morning during the month of May, walkers fill the streets of Old Jounieh in Lebanon in an annual 6-km event known as ‘Walk with Al Younbouh’.

In support of initiatives at Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center for Mentally Disabled Adults, based in Ghazir, companies and families came together this year on 13 May.

Sanita Ltd., consumer products manufacturer and co-sponsor of the walk, opted to focus on entertainment.

Employees, dressed as colorful product mascots, wooed the children as Sanita’s well-known Tie-Bag, Gipsy, and Happies brands.

A decorated fire engine also communicated Sanita’s well-known slogan, ta ydall el 7ala 3anna or ‘to keep our country beautiful’. The starting location of the event, Fouad Chehab Stadium in Jounieh, was dotted with disposable trash containers which Sanita donated.

Throughout the walk, short breaks featured performances by Al Younbouh members and sponsor events. Sanita’s “fun stop” energized children with music, dancing, and soap bubbles, as they headed into the last stretch of the walk.

Company Background

Sanita was established in Halat, Lebanon in 1972. Since then, it has become a household name synonymous with quality consumer products: personal care, hygiene and tissue disposables, household, institutional, catering and janitorial supplies. Sanita caters to local and export markets in the Levant, Africa, and Europe. Sanita contributes largely to the Lebanese economy through job creation and thrives to foster pride in Lebanese products at the regional and international levels


Sanita sal
Halat Main Road
Jbeil, Lebanon

PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477 001
Fax: +961-9-478 440
Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Masterpak Horticultural Films Introduced in Ethiopia

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division Hosts Horticultural Growers in Ethiopia.

Fifty growers and members of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) attended a presentation about greenhouse films and other horticultural plastics produced by Masterpak, PE-film manufacturer based in Lebanon.

Presentation of Masterpak Horticultural Films

NOOTOL General Industry, owned by Woizero Agitu Wodajo, represents INDEVCO in Ethiopia. Tewodros Gebretsadik of NOOTOL organized the presentation, which took place 12 June 2007 at the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel.

Ato Tsegaye Abebe, EHPEA Chairman and an exporter of flowers and beans himself, welcomed guests.

Members of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division then continued the presentation.

Raji Bitar, Napco Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, briefly described INDEVCO Group’s worldwide presence.

Râny Sfeir, Agricultural Engineer, then provided details about Masterpak greenhouse covers and horticultural film portfolio, explained how each product could meet plantations’ requirements, and provided solutions to growers’ problems.

The presentation was followed by a buffet.

Ethiopia’s Rapidly Growing Floriculture Sector

In less than a decade, Ethiopia has come into a bright international spotlight, given its rapidly developing horticultural industry and substantial government support for the sector.

According to Tsegaye, floriculture “is growing at almost 200 per cent… By the end of 2007, we expect the land developed for flower production to reach between 1,250-1500 hectares,” compared to the current 750 hectares under greenhouses and 150 hectares for under tunnel or open-field production.1

The cut flower industry is one of Ethiopia’s largest exporters

The EHPEA, with 70 member companies, organizes trade fairs and lobbies the government. The association’s members produce and export many varieties of roses, gypsophila, hypericum, limonium and carnations, as well as such cuttings as chrysanthemums and geraniums.

While floriculture is currently the star sector, the government realizes the potential value of fruit and vegetable production and export. It has published step-by-step procedures for investing in the horticultural sector in Ethiopia.2

Before and after the presentation, Bitar and Sfeir visited and evaluated horticultural film applications on EHPEA member farms around the capital, Addis Ababa, which aptly translates to “new flower”.

For More Information

Rany Sfeir
Agricultural Engineer
Masterpak sal
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3624
Fax: +961-9-209 002

Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Paper & Containers Affiliates Participate in Henkel Supplier Day

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

INDEVCO affiliates propose recommendations to optimize Henkel’s corrugated packaging.

On 23-24 April 2007, Henkel purchasing managers from across the Middle East and North Africa met with approved suppliers of carton and folding box at the company’s Supplier Day in Dubai.

Unipak sal, Easternpak Ltd. and Unipak Nile Ltd. participated in the event, part of Henkel’s Project “COIN” to cost out initiatives and innovations. All three companies are corrugated packaging plants within INDEVCO Group.

Since 2002, Unipak has supplied Henkel’s powder detergent boxes in Lebanon and Syria from its plant in Halat, Lebanon.

Product Innovation & Optimization

The INDEVCO team was represented by Mira Frem, Unipak Regional Marketing & Development Manager; Gaby Kaddissi, Easternpak Customer Service Manager; and Samir Aoun, Unipak Nile Sales Manager.

The team presented new product developments and innovations for carry cartons, point-of-purchase (POP) displays and creative packaging boxes. They also proposed plans for product optimization using INDEVCO’s OTOR license.

Strong Chain Optimization

Together, the INDEVCO team and Henkel purchasing managers focused on common product developments, exclusive innovations and optimum supply chain management.

“Given extensive integration within our group, with sister companies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, we are able to supply Henkel with their corrugated packaging requirements across the MENA and Levant regions,” confirms Mira Frem, Unipak Regional Marketing and Development Manager.
Long-Term Relationship

In the presentation, INDEVCO’s team highlighted the importance of having strong relationships with their customers.
“We are dedicated to providing the most value to Henkel’s products,” explains Frem. “It is our goal to understand their long-term objectives and contribute to their success.
Mira Frem (center) with Purchasing Managers of Henkel Tunisia (left) and Henkel Germany (right)

Similar to Unipak, Easternpak and Unipak Nile manufacture corrugated boxes, stands and creative packaging displays in plants based in Saudi Arabia and Egypt respectively.

Other Henkel suppliers from the MENA region also attended the seminar: Medad Printing Press (UAE), Shorouk Press (Egypt), Luna Press (Lebanon), Tarabishi (Syria) and Unipack (Tunisia).

For More Information

Ms. Mira Frem
Regional Marketing & Development Manager
Union Packaging Corporation Ltd. (Unipak)
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900 Ext. 237
Fax: +961-9-478 915

Bookmark and Share

Corrugated Lining Protects Against Biscuit & Wafer Breakage

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Manufacturers say goodbye to crumbs with Unipak's micro-flute linings.

Frustrating, isn’t it, when you open a new pack of biscuits or your favorite wafers, only to find them crushed?

With concerns for costs and the environment growing, manufacturers are continually reviewing the effectiveness and environmental impact of their packaging.

However, when ineffective packaging forces customers to buy crumbs, confectionary manufacturers may lose both revenue and reputation.

A viable option to widely-used polyfoils is microflute light-weight carton board or single-face linings, produced by Unipak sal in Lebanon. Used as internal packaging, E or B-flute corrugated lining is strong enough to keep biscuits, cookies, and wafers whole – the way customers like them best.

Fluted linings for confectionary products are made of 100% recyclable, food-approved material. Available in brown kraft, white kraft, or brown / white kraft, linings may be printed in up to four colors.

Inner Protective Lining Supplied in Rolls

E-flute: 1.50 mm
B-flute: 3.00 mm

Basis Weight
E-flute: 135 – 140 gsm
B-flute: 180 – 190 gsm
Other alternatives: on demand

Roll Specifications
Core inner diameter: 76 mm
Core outer diameter: 96 mm minimum
Outer roll diameter: 1000 mm maximum
Roll width: 25 – 1000 mm

Packaging Mode
Rolls are shrink-wrapped and palletized.

Confectionary manufacturers may request a quotation and samples of the inner protective fluting sheet at

Company Background

Established in 1967, Union Packaging Corporation (Unipak) is a fully integrated corrugated plant in the Middle East. Located in a 50,000 m2 facility in Halat, Lebanon, Unipak uses recyclable virgin and recycled top-grade raw materials to produce 25,000 MT of corrugated packaging products for retail, industrial and agricultural products each year. The ISO 9001-certified company is a leading supplier to the local market and exports to Europe, the Levant, and Africa.


Robert Abou Gibrael
Export Executive
Union Packaging Corporation Ltd. (Unipak)
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900 Ext. 278
Fax: +961-9-478 915

Bookmark and Share

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Interstate Resources Inc. Named 2006 Vendor of the Year

For OUTBOUND home page, go to
Weber Display and Packaging recognizes IRI's outstanding customer service and sales.

Interstate Resources, Inc. (IRI) was named 2006 Vendor of the Year by Weber Display and Packaging, a manufacturer of corrugated boxes and displays based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The award acknowledges IRI’s outstanding performance in customer service and sales.

Since 2003, IRI has supplied Weber with corrugated raw materials from two paper mills within the manufacturing group. Each month,
Interstate Paper LLC in Riceboro, Georgia, supplies 1,000 tons of kraft liner, while United Corrstack LLC in Reading, Pennsylvania, provides 400 tons of corrugating medium.

Weber’s chairman, Jim Doherty, Sr. presented the award to Joe Oswald, IRI Northeast Regional Mill Sales Manager, on behalf of Interstate Resources Inc. Doherty explained,

"IRI is independent like we are... They have a culture that is alive and resonates with each employee as they exhibit their ‘can-do’ attitude. Their exemplary quality and customer service are refreshing. They exhibit a rare display of market sensitivity, flexibility and a willingness to solve any challenges…They exceed our expectations on a regular basis.”

L-R: Jim Doherty Jr., Weber General Manager
Joe Oswald, IRI Northeast Regional Sales Manager
Jim Doherty Sr., Weber President

Oswald confirmed that the award reflects the synergy IRI shares with this customer. In an e-mail to IRI support personnel who supply Weber, he wrote,

“Each mill team and each IRI staff member should know the value of their individual contributions. We obviously have seen a significant increase in volume, but we earned something that has unlimited value: respect.”

Interstate Resources Inc. is a member of INDEVCO Group, an international manufacturing group.

Company Background

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Interstate Resources, Inc. has manufacturing facilities in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The group employs over 900 people. IRI has a capacity of 320,000 tons of linerboard and 160,000 tons of medium per year. The corrugated converting and packaging operations have a total annual capacity of 3.4 billion square feet.


Interstate Resources, Inc.
1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22209 - 2145

Tel: (703) 243-3355
Fax: (703) 243-4681

Bookmark and Share

INDEVCO to Establish Recycling Company in Saudi Arabia

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Centers in Jeddah and Dammam will process PE film-grade waste and reformulate it into resin granules.

The decision is final. By the end of Q4 2007, INDEVCO Group will launch plastics recycling operations on the east and west coasts of Saudi Arabia. The company, to be headquartered in Jeddah, will collect plastic waste – particularly polyethylene (PE) film-grade plastic waste – in Jeddah and Dammam.

Plastic Waste Sources

Polyethylene (PE) film-grade waste will originate from four main sources:

  • existing customers of group members who generate suitable PE waste
  • sister companies within INDEVCO group
  • public and private-sector petrochemical companies
  • waste collectors who sort plastics
The materials will be brought to the factory and segregated into grades, such as clear, colored, heavy print, solid waste, and more. Plastic film will then be shredded and solid waste crushed. After being washed, the waste will be re-processed into recycled PE granules of varying grades.

Uses of Recycled Plastic Granules

Clear, milky and colored granules will be reutilized to produce non-food PE films for sacks, garbage bags, mulch film, and other applications.

Further, the company will compound recycled pellets with specific additives to produce special grades for cost-saving purposes.

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest producers of plastic in the world. Recycling is gaining attention in the kingdom, as evidenced by the first international Recycling & Waste Management exhibition held in Riyadh in March 2007.

For More Information
Flexible Packaging Division
Tellet Al Assafir, INDEVCO Building
Ajaltoun, Kesrwan, Lebanon

PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-235-539
Fax: +961-9-235-512
Bookmark and Share

Sanita Receives CE Mark Accreditation for Medical Disposables

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Medical underpads and adult diapers from Sanita comply with European standards.

As of June 2007, the CE mark will appear on medical underpads and adult diapers produced by Sanita sal, based in Zouk, Lebanon. The CE mark is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives.1

Consultants Europe BV approved the CE mark for Sanita’s medical disposables after analyzing and validating their technical specifications.

Sanita can now sell its medical disposables to hospitals and medical institutions across Europe.

Emile Georgi, INDEVCO Quality Assurance Manager, spearheaded the project.

“Sanita has made a major step forward with this accreditation”, explains Georgi. “We have gained a competitive edge in the region and can now compete at the same level of European manufacturers.”

By the end of 2007, Sanita plans to adhere to the EEC General Safety Regulations for all products. In addition to medical disposables, Sanita manufactures personal care hygiene disposables, household tissue and plastic consumables, catering foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies.


Company Background

Sanita was established in Halat, Lebanon in 1972. Since then, it has become a household name synonymous with quality consumer products: personal care, hygiene and tissue disposables, household, institutional, catering and janitorial supplies. Sanita caters to local and export markets in the Levant, Africa, and Europe. Sanita contributes largely to the Lebanese economy through job creation and thrives to foster pride in Lebanese products at the regional and international levels.


Sanita sal
Halat Main Road
Jbeil, Lebanon

PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477 001
Fax: +961-9-478 440

Bookmark and Share

Digital Flexo Plates Offer Advantages to INDEVCO's Packaging Converters

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Repro Center’s pre-press services go digital for high graphics and fine detail print jobs.

In 1994, printing needs within INDEVCO packaging companies in Lebanon led the group to establish Repro Center as an in-house pre-press division of Unipak sal, corrugated manufacturer located in Halat.

The following year, the German pre-press industry introduced digital flexo plate making as a way to improve flexographic print quality and, thus, gain market share over competitors. The trend was quickly and widely accepted.

Today, more than 50% of the flexo plates Repro Center delivers to its customers are digital. The division works 24 hours per day, six days per week to supply sister companies in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the US, as well as companies outside the group in the Levant area.

Digital Flexo Plate Making

In 2004, Repro Center installed an Esko CDI Advance 4060, considered by some the world’s most advanced digital flexo imaging device.1

Over 90% of all digital flexo plates around the world are imaged on a Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI).

Using Dupont™ Cyrel® technology, Repro Center images large-scale digital flexo plates up to 50 x 80 inches (203 x 127 cm) in around 40 minutes.

Not all packaging, however, requires high quality printing. Rather, the choice of digital plates is related to process color, high quality graphics, and need for fine detail. In these cases, digital flexo plates offer key advantages.

Higher Print Quality

The CDI hardware has allowed flexo printers on corrugated and flexible packaging to achieve superior quality and print consistency quite comparable to offset or gravure.2

Repro Center’s digital plates offer better color registration, sharper dot reproduction, more precise color gradations, and a wider tonal range. Because digital plates print only the tip of dots, press impression and dot gain are much lower than with analog plates.

Color shades between 1 - 99% of full color are possible, compared to ranges of film plates for flexible packaging (5 - 93%) and corrugated packaging (12 - 93%).
3 Scratches, dust and other imperfections on film are simply eliminated with the digital process.

Workflow Control

Pre-press businesses like Repro Center share digital files across locations and create any number of standard plates of consistently high quality. With greater control of files, images are easily altered on the computer and workflow increasingly transitioned to fully-digital proofing for job approvals and final proofs.

Less Waste

In an environmentally friendly production process, Repro Center uses no film when making digital flexo plates. In comparison, conventional plate making produces solid waste from generations of film, as well as chemical waste from film processing.

The digital present is changing the way INDEVCO plants do business. In the process, packaging converters are leveraging on the advantages of digital flexo plates to deliver what their customers value: consistent printing and predictable turn-around.

Note: Brand names are the property of their respective owners.

Company Background
Repro Center, a division of Unipak sal, is a full-service, ISO-9001:2000-certified repro house specialized in flexographic and lithographic pre-press for the flexible packaging and corrugated packaging industries. Repro Center was established in 1994 in Halat, Lebanon. Services include electronic pre-press workflow scanning and retouching, Dupont digital proofing, process analysis, customer press profiling, digital and conventional flexo plate making, and computer aided plate mounting.

Repro Center
Halat, Lebanon
PO Box 11-6308
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477 190
Fax: +961-9-477 130
Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Multipak Achieves HACCP Certification

For OUTBOUND home page, go to

Saudi Arabian-based manufacturer offers food-safe paper packaging.

Multipak Ltd. has attained Hazard Analysis and Critical Point (HACCP) certification as of 1 June 2007. Certifying body TUV NORD CERT GmbH confirms Multipak’s management system, as per the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The HACCP management system requires suppliers in the food chain, including packaging manufacturers, to analyze and control biological, chemical and physical hazards.
Multipak produces paper packaging for food products, including satchel bags, SOS bags and paper sandwich wrap sheets for international and regional fast food franchises, restaurants, bakeries and other food establishments.

Thirty per cent (30%) of the producer’s packaging products are destined for export markets, including Belgium, France, and Switzerland.

Multipak’s HACCP certification is valid through 31 May 2010.

Company Background

Multipak Ltd., established in 1997, has become a leading Middle Eastern supplier of specialty paper bags (handle bags, self-opening sack SOS bags and satchel bags), paper rolls, paper sheets, gift wrap, and paper core. Competitive with Western imports, Multipak’s paper products range from commercial to high-quality grades. All products may be coated with select materials and may be printed in up to 6 colors. Multipak targets the Saudi Arabian, GCC, and North African markets. The paper converter is a member of Napco Group and INDEVCO Group.

Multipak Ltd.

Industrial Area Phase #4, Street #405
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-6080704
Fax: +966-2-6081063

Bookmark and Share