Monday, November 30, 2009

Phoenixia Newsletter from Phoenix Machinery - November 2009 Issue Now Available

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Phoenix Machinery, Lebanese manufacturer of machinery and CNC precision parts, announces that customers and prospects can now download the fourth issue of its quarterly e-newsletter, Phoenixia.

Phoenixia November 2009 Issue

Phoenixia November 2009 issue includes the latest news about product launches, events, joint ventures, new achievements, customers' testimonials, as well as its divisions' activities as follows:

General Manager Perspective
Lebanese Industrial Sector's Need for Skilled Labor

Joint Venture with FIT International, Inc.

Hygiene Division
Flexo Printing in Hygiene Products

Automation and Drive Division
Plant and Power Management System

Tissue and Paper Division
New Table Napkin Machine

CNC Division

Blister Tooling for the Pharmaceutical Industry

INSIGHT 2009 - Memphis, Tennessee
MEMEX 09 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Phoenix Energy Division

Domestic and Swimming Pool Heating with Phoenix's Eco-Energy Boilers

Download the
July 2009 issue of Phoenixia to learn more about Phoenix Machinery, its latest technologies, machines, CNC machined parts, services and events.

For More Information

Phoenix Machinery sal
Safra, Kesrwan, Lebanon
PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-855 690
Fax: +961-9-855 696

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Interstate Paper Pursues Energy Saving Initiatives

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The United States Department of Energy has recently recognized the Interstate Paper, a US paper mill in Riceboro, Georgia, for participating in an energy savings assessment in 2008.

The assessment was completed collaboratively between the mill and the
Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech. This assessment focused primarily on Interstate Paper’s “Power Island” and the two main steam and power users in the paper mill, the pulp mill, and the paper machine.

The assessment team evaluated the operation and energy savings potentials in the following processes:

The black liquor recovery boiler
The biomass bubbling fluidized bed boiler
The power boiler
The evaporators
The digesters
Condensate return - paper machine

Interstate Paper received the 2008 assessment results and they included the following “Best Practices”, “Continuous Improvements Process”, and “Strategic and Long-Term Recommendations/Opportunities” criteria:

Long-Term Objective for the use of alternative fuel in the BFB Boiler and for
recovering harvesting waste

Best Practice-Continuous Improvement Process for reducing boiler blow-down
and for the increase of condensate recovery

Continuous Improvement Process for improving steam distribution, valves, and
vessels insulation

Strategic and Long-Term Recommendations/Opportunities for installing
condensing turbine to increase power generation

Overview of Interstate Paper Energy Saving Initiative

In 2007 and early 2008, Interstate Paper took the initiative and continued to work diligently toward achieving more energy savings ideas and better practices through day-to-day operations and long term capital planning and feasibility studies. The mill engaged its own personnel, as well as suppliers, to identify energy savings potentials in the mill.

One of the suppliers, Goulds ITT, was hired to conduct a pump/energy audit. As a result, a total of 26 pumps across the mill were identified for potential energy savings through the implementation of a system upgrade, including fitting these pumps with an inverter duty high efficiency motor, as well as a variable frequency drive system, in lieu of the conventional fixed speed motors and re-circulation valves.

The project savings would primarily come from reducing electrical consumption per pump/motor, and improving the reliability of each application by reducing any system vibration affecting piping, valves, foundations, couplings, and eliminating re-circulation valves maintenance. In some cases, the upgrade would virtually eliminate pump failures due to excessive vibration and extend the life of mechanical components such as valves, piping, fittings, etc.

The paper mill carefully evaluated each application from an applicability and savings standpoint to make certain that savings were attainable and the application would improve beyond just energy savings.

Based on the mill’s own assessment, eight critical pumps with the highest returns were chosen for the upgrade. As a result, a $1.0MM project was submitted to the company owners and the board, and was approved in early 2008. This system upgrade affected the pulp mill, paper machine, and power house.

Interstate Paper is a member of
Interstate Resources, Inc.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Phoenix Machinery Receives Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements Award

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INDEVCO Group affiliates support Lebanese industrial research conducted at universities and academic institutions.

INDEVCO member companies, Phoenix Machinery, received recognition awards from the Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements (LIRA) Program during its 9th annual forum on 19 November 2009. The LIRA program grants awards for the first time and will continue to honor projects' supporters and students annually. INDEVCO Group is a founding member of the LIRA program.

Phoenix Machinery's Award

Phoenix Machinery has been supporting research projects proposed by universities and academic institutions in Lebanon since the LIRA program launched in 1997.

Phoenix Machinery General Manager, Rabih Osta, explains,

Being a member of INDEVCO Group, we believe in and support the power of scientific and technological research and industrial innovation. We focus on the importance of talented engineers and encourage creative collaboration between the private sector and engineering and technical colleges towards a knowledge-based economy.

Phoenix sponsored and supported the following research projects since 1997:

Core making machine
Toilet over wrapper / stretch wrapper
Roll cutter
Metallurgical furnace
Movable solar detector
Command using electrical current

Every year, this annual forum including the Conference of Industrial Research & Development, and the Exhibition of Industrial Research Achievements brings together academic and industrial expertise. This event provides an important opportunity for industry, academia and research centers, both public and private, to meet and exchange their research findings.

The LIRA program encourages university-industry cooperation, matches university activities/research with industry needs, seeks industrial projects for proposed university projects, offers a national platform for potential new products and services, helps engineering and science students in developing their research projects prototypes and provides industrial training.

Lebanese Industrialists Research Achievement Program Overview
Since 1997, LIRA program provides researchers in universities and vocational schools career opportunities that suit their capabilities and potential.

Furthermore, the program has brought great achievements for the national industrial sector by increasing its competitiveness, creating higher added value products, developing production lines, and by introducing locally-made low cost high-tech production equipment.

The cooperation in 1997 amongst the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, the National Council for Scientific Research, a handful of universities in Lebanon, and with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German-based public institute foundation, resulted in the initiation of an annual forum: the Conference of Industrial Research & Development, and the Exhibition of Industrial Research Achievements.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Unipak Participates in "Made in Lebanon 2009"

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Unipak pledges support for the Lebanese production and sponsors "Made in Lebanon" 2009 exhibition.

Unipak, Lebanese corrugated packaging manufacturer, sponsored and exhibited at "Made in Lebanon 2009" exhibition from 13 - 15 November 2009 at the Quality Inn Hotel in Tripoli. Over 1000 visitors attended from across Lebanon.

Unipak booth at Made in Lebanon 2009

Unipak Team (L-R): General Manager Marwan Diab, Sales Manager Boules El Hachem, Operations Manager for National Beverage Elie El Kik 

Prospects visited a busy attraction hub for a comprehensive product portfolio of corrugated cartons, boxes, trays, and point-of-purchase (POP) displays to visitors for a range of industries: agricultural, beverage, catering, chemical and petrochemical, hygiene converting, processed food, dairy, industrial, as well as soap and detergent.

Furthermore, the event allowed the corrugated packaging producer to support its customers and build closer relationships with them, especially companies based in North Lebanon, in addition to initiating contacts with companies from various sectors.

For More Infomation
Unipak sal
Halat Industrial Complex
PO Box 11-6308 Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900
Fax: +961-9-478 915
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Brand Campaign - Gipsy Launches its National Tissue Products Campaign

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For its 7th consecutive year, Sanita, leading Lebanese consumer disposables manufacturer, launches Gipsy National Campaign 2009 throughout Lebanon entitled جيبسي محطّة الربح translated literally into "Gipsy Winning Station" from 2 November 2009 - 31 January 2010.

This year, Gipsy is offering consumers the chance to win free gas and car wash vouchers from MEDCO, leading Lebanese full product line petroleum company with more than 280 service stations across Lebanon.

 Gipsy National Campaign Poster

The campaign's concept highlights Gipsy’s colors (red, blue, yellow and green); coupons featuring these colors are inserted in all Gipsy tissue products. Consumers have to collect the colored coupons available in all Gipsy tissue disposables packs.

Gipsy Coupons

By collecting 15 red coupons, consumers win 1 free gas voucher for the value of LBP 20,000  from MEDCO.

By collecting 10 blue coupons, consumers win 1 free car wash voucher from MEDCO.

By collecting 7 yellow coupons, consumers win 1 Gipsy Luncheon napkin pack of 50 paper tissue sheets and 1 Gipsy paper towel medium pack.

By collecting 5 green coupons, consumers win 1 Gipsy soft plus pack of 200 paper tissue sheets.

Gipsy tissue disposables brand includes facial tissue, toilet tissue, paper towels, paper table napkins and wet wipes.

For More Information
Alain Boustany, Product Specialist
Sanita sal
Halat Industrial Complex
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477 001
Fax: +961-477 476
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Brand Campaign - Napco Launches 'Fam 25 Years' National Contest TV Commercial

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Napco, leading Saudi consumer disposables manufacturer, introduces 'Fam 25 Years' national contest campaign on major Middle Eastern TV channels. Fam feminine hygiene brand is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is offering gifts from Damas Jewellery.

The TV commercial showcases to women in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE two ways to win Damas jewellery:

First, inside each Fam sanitary napkin pack is a win voucher with a serial number. Women can SMS the serial number for a chance to win one of 25 diamond necklaces from Damas Jewellery.

Second, each win voucher also contains a 'Scratch & Win' section for SR250 (or equivalent) or discounts of up to 35% on jewellery from Damas.

The TV commercial is broadcasted on the following TV channels through 15 December 2009, as follows:

Dubai TV
Regular spots on “Al Najem Al Khaliji” program
Starting 4 November 2009 daily & main primes

Sponsoring "The Stranger” Turkish series
Starting 7 November 2009

Regular spots campaign
Starting 7 November 2009 on major programs

Saudi TV
Sponsoring women's section of “Sabah El Saoudiyya” daily program
Starting 7 November 2009

Rotana Khalijiya
Sponsoring “Sayidaty” program
Starting 8 November 2009

Watch the 'Fam 25 Years' n
ational contest TV commercial

Fam sanitary towels are manufactured in National Paper Company Ltd. (Jeddah), Napco Consumer Products Company (Dammam), Napco Riyadh Paper Products Company Ltd. (Riyadh) in Saudi Arabia.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Napco Announces First Winners of 'Fam 25 Years' Contests

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Napco awards 'Fam 25 Years' online and national contest winners with Damas Jewellery.

Saudi consumer disposables manufacturer, Napco, is celebrating Fam brand’s 25th anniversary with online and national contests from 15 October - 15 December 2009 in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Fam is a leading feminine hygiene brand in the Arabian Gulf.

In an effort to engage women in ‘Fam 25 Years’ contests, Napco is using online social media, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and YouTube. In addition, Fam advertising is running on Facebook and MSN Messenger.

Launched on 15 October, Napco congratulates
‘Fam 25 Years’ contest winners thus far:

‘Fam 25 Years’ Online Contest

Winners receive a SR1500 Damas Jewellery voucher:

Subhiyah Mohammad Abu Subayh
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Charlotte Hanna Esber
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Ashwak Al Harby
Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Saudi Arabia

Nour Al Houda Jammal
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Napco invites women at least 18 years old in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE to register in 'Fam 25 Years' Online Contest. Napco will draw two winners weekly through15 December 2009. Winners can redeem their vouchers through 15 April 2010.

‘Fam 25 Years’ National Contest

Winners receive a diamond necklace or ‘Scratch & Win’ SR250 voucher or discounts from Damas Jewellery.

Amal Said Al Kahtany
Al Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia

Aziza Ammar Al Sifyany
Taef, Saudi Arabia

Douaa Abdallah Khayyat
Yunbuh, Saudi Arabia

Fatima Saleh Ali Al Shahry
Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Mona Abdallah Al Yazidy
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

All Fam packs purchased at a supermarket in these countries include a “Win Voucher’ with an SMS serial number, as well as a ‘Scratch & Win’ instant gift section through 15 December 2009. Napco is drawing 10 winners on 15 November and 10 winners on 15 December. Winners can redeem their gifts through 15 April 2010.

Fam sanitary towels are manufactured in National Paper Company Ltd. (Jeddah), Napco Consumer Products Company (Dammam), Napco Riyadh Paper Products Company Ltd. (Riyadh) in Saudi Arabia.

Napco Consumer Marketing Department
Industrial City 4, Street #404 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
PO Box 30263
Jeddah 21477 Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-637-0757
Fax: +966-2-637-4886

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

SouthCorr Packaging Completes Promotional POP Display

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SouthCorr Packaging has partnered with Arvato Digital Services and completed a new fully-assembled turnkey display, a corrugated promotional point-of-purchase (POP) display for their customer, CA on 1 November 2009. This display was on the floor at HH Gregg appliances and electronics superstores in Mid-November.

Arvato Digital Service is a leading provider of integrated solutions that include post-production, replication, fulfillment and distribution/supply chain management, financial services, and electronic software distribution. CA is one of the world's largest IT management software providers.

In August 2009, SouthCorr Packaging began designing and sampling this project by working on purchasing, client services, and design teams at Arvato and CA to provide a four-sided litho display with multi-layers of shelves along with 5 competitors.

After the project was completed and approved, Arvato ordered 300 complete corrugated displays for immediate delivery. Each stage of this project, from design, graphical work, production, assembly, and shipment, was executed flawlessly.

Arvato team has indicated that this display is one of the nicest they had ever seen or been able to supply to their customer base and they already started working on the next CA display for fulfillment.

CA Point-of-Purchase Display from Southcorr Packaging

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Unipak Sponsors "Made in Lebanon" Exhibition

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Customers and Lebanese industrialists meet Unipak at "Made in Lebanon 2009" exhibition: Stand#A2 at the Galleria Hall.

As part of its continuous support for the Lebanese industrial sector, Unipak, Lebanese corrugated packaging manufacturer, will sponsor and participate in "Made in Lebanon" exhibition.

Organized under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of Industry, "Made in Lebanon" will take place for the first time and will gather more than 50 Lebanese exhibitors from different industries
at the Quality Inn Hotel in Tripoli at the Galeria and Senator halls from 13 - 15 November 2009.

For More Infomation

Unipak sal
Halat Industrial Complex
PO Box 11-6308 Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900
Fax: +961-9-478 915

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