Friday, December 28, 2007

In Honor of Georges Frem: Music Upholds Culture of Peace

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The Lebanese National Symphonic Orchestra performs in honor of INDEVCO founder, Georges Frem.

Family and friends of Georges Frem gathered at St. Joseph Church in Achrafieh - Monot on Friday evening, 21 December 2007 to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays and to share in Frem's belief in the National Conservatory.

The Lebanese National Symphonic Orchestra, under Conductor Dr. Walid Gholmieh, paid tribute to Frem, a community leader who contributed to local arts.

Amid decorations of brilliant red pointsettas and trailing ivy, guests were treated to performances by Soprano Ghada Ghanem, Karim Said on piano, and the NDU Choir directed by Fr. Khalil Rahme.

The invitation card for the event shared Georges Frem's personal philosophy, which has become a cornerstone for INDEVCO Group:

"What is good for the community, we will strive to excellently and in a way that enriches the lives of our people."

These are Georges Frem's simple words that turned into renowned deeds with remarkable impact.

His concern for a better life went beyond his immediate family, and beyond the 7500 members of INDEVCO Family around the world to include the largest possible community he could reach.

To achieve his lifelong dreams, he founded a philanthropic foundation, now known as Georges N. Frem Foundation. Among many of its initiatives contributing to economic, educational and rural development and promoting a democratic and pluralistic society, comes the initiative of upholding the culture of peace through one of God's most precious gifts, MUSIC...

Georges Frem is with us tonight...and always will be

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INDEVCO Chairman Reflects on 2007...

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INDEVCO employees gather for annual Christmas event.

INDEVCO held its annual Christmas gathering on Monday, 24 December 2007 at International Headquarters in Ajaltoun.

In his message, INDEVCO Chairman Chafic Frem emphasized the importance of preserving the INDEVCO principles of honesty and integrity. He explained that moderation is a guarantee that should not be taken for granted and called on each member to be a messenger of peace.

INDEVCO is, he said, following in the footsteps of (Founder) Georges Frem.

Employees attended the gathering from INDEVCO Ajaltoun, INDEVCO Lebanon Operations, INDEVCO Lead Generation Unit, Georges N. Frem Foundation, GESPA, Al-Karma, Usratuna, PAM, and Mediapak.

Watch excerpts from the 2007 Holiday Speech of INDEVCO Chairman Chafic Frem

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Elias Esta Named Sanita Vice President

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As of 24 December 2007, Elias Esta has been named Vice President of Sanita sal.

Elias joined INDEVCO in 1998 as a management trainee in Sanita's marketing department. He joined Sanita full-time and, through his entrepreneurial drive for results, he worked his way through a number of positions and responsibilities.

In 2004, he was appointed General Manager of Sanita. Despite fierce competition and market challenges, Elias brought Sanita to greater regional market leadership.

We wish Elias the best of luck in his new assignment!

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Unipak Nile Participates in Techno Print Sudan 2007

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Egyptian corrugated packaging manufacturer exhibits at Sudan’s annual printing tradeshow.

Unipak Nile Ltd. joined over 80 printing and packaging manufacturers and suppliers at the second annual Techno Print Sudan 2007 in Khartoum from 27-30 November 2007.

Representing Unipak Nile were Medhat Shalaby, Export Manager for Arab & African Countries and Ahmed Al-Badri, National Sales Manager.

The gentlemen met current Sudanese customers at the show, including some of the nation’s largest food manufacturers and beverage bottling plants. In addition, Unipak Nile introduced its range of corrugated cartons, boxes, trays, and point-of-purchase displays to new companies.

Sudan hosts a large market for printed packaging materials and represents a main gateway to other African countries: Egypt to the north, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, Kenya and Uganda to the southeast, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest.

Techno Print Sudan exhibition was inaugurated by Sudanese Minister of Industry, Dr. Galal Yyosif Al Degair, and Egyptian ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Mohamed Abdul-Muniem Al-Shazali.

Unipak Nile also exhibited in Techno Print Egypt 2007 earlier this year.

Company Background

Unipak Nile Ltd. converts virgin and recycled raw materials into 48,000 metric tons of corrugated regular slotted containers (RSC), die-cut boxes, and promotional displays each year. From its 38,000 m2 facility, the converter supplies agricultural and fast food industries in North Africa, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Unipak Nile was established in 1998 and is ISO 9000-2000 certified by the British Standard Institute.


Industrial Zone 5, Street 2, Plot 49
6th of October City, Egypt

Tel: +20-2-833-6344
Fax: +20-2-833 6298

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Napco Flexible Packaging Division Unifies Business Processes

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Napco Group flexible packaging plants in Saudi Arabia deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX to control costs, improve efficiency, and increase productivity.

Organizations today expect much greater flexibility in their business systems. They demand solutions that take on the form and structure of their business, automate processes and align the enterprise to operate as a single entity.

Napco Group Flexible Packaging Division determined that the best way to reduce costs and to increase efficiency and profits was to implement a modern and fully integrated business management system.

Division Profile

Napco Group Flexible Packaging Division (FPD) groups six manufacturing plants in Dammam and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that produce plastic and paper packaging for a range of sectors in the GCC region and beyond.

Current Business Situation

Outdated and disconnected systems make conducting business across plants and departments inefficient and labor-intensive.


Napco FPD takes on the largest ERP implementation in INDEVCO Group history by deploying Microsoft Dynamic AX to consolidate and integrate its key accounting, shipping, and production systems.


  • Universal & unified ERP solution

  • Controls manufacturing processes & costs

  • Integrates & streamlines business processes

  • Improves customer service

  • Speeds critical tasks with minimal disruption

  • Allows for implementation of global business strategies

They chose Microsoft Dynamics AX, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that takes business control, information accessibility and process flexibility to new levels

Joe Tatarian, who manages ERP and other solutions for INDEVCO Group I.T. Project Management Office (PMO), explains,

“Microsoft Dynamics AX will help Napco FPD control costs and manufacturing processes by delivering online inventory control, more accurate data on reports, and better integration between departments.”
Tatarian met with managers of six manufacturing plants: COMPACT, National Paper Products Company, and Modern Plastics Products Company – Technical Division and Sack Division, located in Dammam, as well as Multipak and United Plastic Products Company, located in Jeddah, all members of INDEVCO Group.

The plants are teaming with Microsoft to implement a unified and universal solution with full control and options for different types and levels of functionality. The solution will give managers the capability to integrate business processes and information across the entire business chain from original suppliers via every internal department to customers or just those functions they choose to employ.

The key to Microsoft Dynamics AX is its flexibility. Its ‘drag and drop’ development environment, enables the PMO to precisely customize and configure the specific character and preferences of the division’s business, without losing existing processes and data.

As such, Microsoft Dynamics AX starts generating a tangible return on investment within a few months, while growing the business for decades to come.

Submitted by
Joe Tatarian
Group ERP Solution Manager
I.T. Project Management Office
Zouk Industrial Zone, LO1 Building, 3rd Floor
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 005 Ext. 3020
Fax: +961-9-209 006
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