Friday, March 28, 2008

Easternpak Receives YUM! Supplier Award

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Corrugated manufacturer supplies pizza boxes to Pizza Hut restaurants in the Middle East.

Easternpak Ltd. recently brought home an outstanding supplier award from YUM! Restaurants International annual Supply Chain Management Conference.

The event, held at Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort in Egypt, gathered executives of companies that supply YUM! properties in the Middle East. Conference topics aligned suppliers from across the Arab world to YUM!’s brand visions, technical innovations, supply chain system, quality assurance, and food safety.

Fayssal Frem, Regional General Manager of INDEVCO Paper & Containers Division, and Pierre Akl, General Manager of Easternpak, attended the two-day event on 11-12 February 2008.

(L-R): Pierre Akl, Easternpak; Jeremy Coulbeck, YUM!,
Fayssal Frem, INDEVCO Paper & Containers Division

YUM! approved Easternpak as a
supplier of corrugated and fast food packaging for the Middle East North Africa Pakistan (MENAPAK) region in February 2007.

Company Background

Established in 1994, Easternpak Ltd. is an ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturer of recyclable corrugated packaging solutions, and the only HACCP certified corrugated manufacturer in the GCC and MENA regions. Our mother company, INDEVCO Group, is the sole licensee in the Middle East of OTOR packaging systems. Easternpak offers a range of corrugated packaging shapes, sizes, board types and strengths produced from biodegradable raw materials.


Easternpak Ltd.
2nd Industrial City, Street #135
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966-3-812 13 41
Fax: +966-3-812 13 05
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Napco Companies to Exhibit at Agriteq 2008 in Qatar

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Napco companies will unveil the latest agricultural packaging and films in Doha.

Easternpak and Napco Modern Plastics Products Company - Sack Division will exhibit in Agriteq 2008 in Doha from 25-28 March. The Regional Sales Manager and Product Specialist from Napco NEMA (Near East, Middle East & Asia) will also be available at the Napco stand, #C28, throughout the show.

Agriteq, the second international agricultural exhibition, will be held at Qatar International Exhibition Center under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.

Easternpak will display its range of corrugated trays and boxes for fresh fruit and vegetables, including cold storage packaging.

Napco Modern will highlight its array of plastic horticultural and agricultural films: compost bags, geo-membrane, greenhouse covers, ground cover, hydroponic fully film, low tunnel film, mulch film, protective bags for bananas, and soil disinfection films.

The companies, in addition to
Napco Modern’s Technical Division, also participated in Saudi Agriculture 2007, the 26th International Agriculture, Water and Agri-Industry Show in November at Riyadh Exhibition Center.

At this show, they promoted packaging materials for the agricultural and food processing industries, including barrier films, form-fill-seal (FFS) films, meat packaging sleeves, wicketed bags for poultry, and plastic storage bags.

For More Information

Easternpak Ltd.
Gaby Kaddissi, Customer Service Manager
2nd Industrial City, Street #135
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-3-812-1341
Fax: +966-3-812-1305

Napco Modern Plastics Products Company Ltd.

Sack Division
Fouad El-Basha, Sales Manager
1st Industrial City, Al Khobar Road
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-3-847-3040
Fax: +966-3-847-1484

Technical Division
George Saba, Sales Manager
2nd Industrial City, Makkah Street
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966–3–812-1244
Fax: +966–3–812-3003

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Masterpak Orients Students to Industrial Basics

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Students from a local technical college visit the Zouk-based flexible packaging plant.

As part of its continuous outreach into the community, Masterpak welcomed students from Collège Central Jounieh Technical School on 21 February 2008.

Ms. Siham Daou, Director of the Technical Studies, accompanied another teacher and 17 students. The visit included a one-hour presentation about Masterpak’s activities and products and a 30-minute tour of the PE film manufacturing plant. The visit culminated in a reception in Masterpak cafeteria.

Maroun Aoun, Production Manager, organized the student visit and, along with Elie Khalifeh, introduced the group to the plant and its local industrial activities.

“I always enjoy communicating with the younger generation and contributing to their career orientation," said Aoun. "This visit allowed them to gain practical knowledge about an industrial work environment and to translate theory into practice.”

Ms. Daou, on behalf of her school, praised Masterpak in a letter thereafter:

“We had the honor to visit your manufacturing plant. Our students benefited greatly from the competent people who assisted us, especially Maroun Aoun and Elie Khalifeh. We also thank you for your warm welcome and the attention you showed us.”

Masterpak's trademark as an innovator of organizational culture grows with such an event and, with it, the reinforcement of INDEVCO Group’s commitment the community.

Company Background

Established in 1979 in Lebanon, Masterpak sal co-extrudes and cuts PE films and flexible packaging products for the agricultural, construction, consumer, food and beverage, and industrial sectors. Products are destined for the local market, as well as Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.

Maroun Aoun
Masterpak sal
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3693
Fax: +961-9-209 002

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Micro Epsilon Attains ISO 9001:2000 Certification

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The Zouk, Lebanon-based masterbatch and additives producer will use its new management system to drive initatives and corrective actions.

On 5 March 2008, Lloyd's Register audited and approved Micro Epsilon in its quest for ISO 9001:2000 certification. Micro Epsilon was established in 2003 as a division of Masterpak sal and member of INDEVCO Group. It operates independently in Zouk Industrial Zone to produce white and color masterbatches, as well as an array of additives, for plastics converters.

Emile Georgi, INDEVCO Quality Assurance Manager, managed the certification process with Tony El Chayeb, Micro Epsilon General Manager, and Jean Marc Azzi, Micro Epsilon Quality Assurance representative.

El Chayeb explains,

"First, we now have a common ground to continue building and improving our operation, with the system driving initiatives and corrective actions. Second, we've greatly improved our quality and consistency by initiating new procedures and by improving our processes. Everyone at Micro Epsilon was fully committed. The energy! It was great to see how hard the team worked to achieve certification."

The ISO 9001:2000 certification is in effect for the next 3 years, with Lloyd's Register auditing Micro Epsilon on a biannual basis.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

INDEVCO Group Launches New Web Site

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Take a look at

On 3 March 2008, INDEVCO's Online Communications team launched the group's new corporate web site. What’s different from the previous site?

  • An "About Us" section dedicated to our Founder, Georges N. Frem, including biography and slideshows

  • Online employment application for people applying from outside Lebanon and a download for people applying from Lebanon

  • Fact sheets on all INDEVCO manufacturing plants

  • Fact sheets on major product lines sold by our plants

  • Detailed contacts for our companies, including local time, 3-day weather forecast, work week and hours

  • This up-to-date "blog" (web log), that replaces our previous quarterly e-newsletter
  • [In the near future] the site will link to an online catalog for export products...we'll let you know when

Look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions about the new site. E-mail us at

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