Wednesday, March 31, 2010

INDEVCO CEO Heads Association of Lebanese Industrialists

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Members of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) have elected Neemat Frem, President and CEO of INDEVCO Group, to lead a new Board of Directors over the next four-year term.

The association election convened on Saturday, 27 March at Metropolitan Hotel in Sin El Fil, Lebanon.

As ALI President, Frem will work closely with other members of the board to energize the association:

First Vice President: Ziad Bekdach
Second Vice President: Nicolas Nahhas
Treasurer: Nazarit Sabunjian
Secretary General: Ahmad Hsein
Secretary of Foreign Relations: Amine Farchoukh

Four Members of the Board of Directors:
Michel Daher, Adnan Ataya, Waleed Assaf, Georges Nasrawi

In his acceptance speech, Frem emphasized the need to work to create an environment that encourages the industrial sector:

"We come from an industrial school whose first and most important mission for a better society is embodied in the creation of work opportunities enabling Lebanese citizens to thrive inside the country without having to emigrate and flourish abroad.

We all agree that our industrial forces are the biggest employer in the country and that they are a main contributor to the national income. Therefore, the sector should play an influential role in drawing the growth plan for the national economy. All we aim for, dear friends, is to turn our personal successes into an ingenious collective and national victory.”

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Industrial Buyers Can Now 'Live Chat' on

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INDEVCO Export e-catalog web site uses live chat to communicate with prospective customers in real time.

Visitors searching for industrial raw materials and packaging products on can now ask questions immediately via a new Live Chat option implemented on the web site.

INDEVCO Lead Generation Unit (LGU) professionals, who process global leads and requests for quotations (RFQs) from the e-catalog, interact in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.

The e-catalog site promotes over 300 products produced by the multinational group's manufacturing plants in Egypt, Lebanon. Saudi Arabia and the USA.

INDEVCO Export is available in English and en Français

Procurement managers can search their target sectors for a range of raw materials and paper, plastic, and corrugated packaging options. They can then request quotes or samples.

Buyers can request quotes for such INDEVCO Group product lines as:

Agricultural & Horticultural Films
Agricultural Packaging
Bakery & Pastry Packaging
Beverage Packaging - Alcohol
Beverage Packaging - Non-Alcohol
Catering Disposables
CNC Precision Parts
Condiment Packaging
Confectionery Packaging
Construction Films
Corrugated Raw Materials
Dairy Packaging
Digital Flexo Printing Plates
Dry Food Packaging
Frozen Food Packaging
Household Tissue Disposables
Hygiene Converting Raw Materials
Hygiene Disposables
Hygiene Disposables Packaging
Ice Cream Packaging
Industrial Films & Packaging
Janitorial Supplies
Masterbatches & Additives
Meat & Poultry Packaging
Petro / Chemical Packaging
Pharmaceutical Packaging
Promotional Packaging
Recycled Polyethylene Granules
Seafood Packaging
Seasoning & Spice Packaging
Soap & Detergent Packaging
Wet Wipes for Private Label

INDEVCO Online Communications Unit (OCU), in charge of web developing, implemented the Live Chat tool.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

COMPACT Installs New Laminating Machine

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COMPACT seeks to meet demand for sealant films in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and Europe.

Dammam-based composite film packaging manufacturer, Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT), has commissioned a highly-advanced machine to produce superior quality lamination films for the food, beverage, personal, home care, health care and industrial sectors.

The polyethylene (PE) laminating machine operates with a maximum speed of 450 m/min, a maximum web width of 1350/1530 mm and a maximum reel diameter of 1000 mm.

COMPACT's PE laminating machine

The new machine is capable of carrying out multiple jobs with the highest levels of reliability. This investment will speed up response to valued customers and increase production flexibility.

Nasser Haddad, COMPACT Plant Manager, explains,

"By investing in this advanced lamination machine, our customers will benefit from high-quality laminates at reasonable prices. This investment has allowed us to increase our efficiency in the lamination process. We are now capable of processing orders without encountering time-consuming problems, and we are currently benefiting from higher output, enhanced flexibility, and consistent quality. ”

Automated Tension Control

COMPACT, a Napco company, is a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, division of INDEVCO Group.

Company Background

Established in 1993, Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT) manufactures a wide range of mono-layer, laminated and coated film structures for manufacturers in the food and beverage, dairy, paramedical and soap and detergent sectors. Its composite film packaging products are enhanced with computerized color-matching and flexo or roto printing.


Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT)
2nd Industrial City, Street #133
Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
PO Box 31646Al Khobar 31 952

Tel: +966-3-812-1244
Fax: +966-3-812-1322
E-mail: info[at]

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Photoblog - Easternpak Installs New Converting Line

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Corrugated manufacturer, Easternpak in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, has recently installed a complete converting line composed of a loader, die-cutter, waste removal, a unitizing unit and a palletizing unit, in order to increase its production efficicency, quality and capacity.

The loader takes corrugated sheet pallets & supplies stacks to the die-cutter feeder

The modern feeder with stack alignment & “Power Register” limits registration play to the minimum

The flat bed die-cutting station provides extreme dimensional accuracy & high cutting precision

The waste removing station ensures all cut-outs are neatly separated from the corrugated sheets

The unitizing & palletizing units esnure that stable & neat finished product stacks are formed & loaded on transport pallet

The shipping unit is delivered straight to packing & labeling before dispatch

Easternpak manufactures pre-print and post-print recyclable corrugated packaging, containers, boxes, cartons and displays in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Easternpak is ISO-9001:2000, HACCP, GMP and BRC Global Standard certified for packaging.

Easternpak is a member of
INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of the
multinational INDEVCO Group.

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Corrugated Edge Protectors Safeguard Agricultural Exports

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Unipak Nile manufactures recyclable pallet edge protectors for fresh fruit and vegetable exporters in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

From its plant in 6th of October City, Egypt, Unipak Nile manufactures 100% recyclable edge protectors to safeguard stacked agricultural trays on pallets. Exporters can efficiently strap pallets horizontally to prevent corrugated trays from collapse, damage and side crushing during transport and refrigeration. Trays are delivered intact to retail stores.

Edgard Bou Kheir, INDEVCO Paper Containers Marketing Coordinator, explains:

“Our corrugated edge protectors are heavily-tested at our laboratories for resistance to crushing when exposed to strap tension under extensive humid and cool (refrigeration) conditions. They are made of natural, sustainable and easily-recyclable raw materials. Our edge corner protectors can also be branded via flexo printing, thus, enhancing customers corporate brand and product image.”

Unipak Nile manufactures a range of other recyclable corrugated packaging for the agriculture industry, such as corrugated banana cartons, corrugated bulk bins, corrugated trays for packing and dispensing fresh produce and corrugated open-top trays for fresh produce.

Produce boxes and trays are used to pack and transport apples, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, cherries, citrus (tangerines, mandarines and oranges), cucumbers, dates, eggplant, grapes, green beans, lettuce, melons, necatrines, onions, peaches, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Unipak Nile is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers Division, a division of INDEVCO Group, the local multinational of the Middle East.

Contact Information

Edgard Bou Kheir, Marketing Coordinator
INDEVCO Paper Containers

Tel: +961-9-478 900 Ext. 326
Fax: +961-9-478 915

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photoblog - We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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It's time to make (and package) ice cream for the summer! Ice cream and cone biscuit manufacturers can source these packaging materials from INDEVCO Group manufacturing plants:

Ice Cream Cone Sleeves

Ice Lolly 'Popsicle' Packaging

Ice Cream Bar Wrappers

Ice Cream Boxes

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MRE Packaging from Interstate Resources Wins First Place

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Reduced-fiber 'Meals Ready to Eat' packaging from Interstate Resources weighs less without losing strength and protects against moisture.

The Combat Feeding Directorate - Advanced Materials Team and Interstate Resources, Inc. received First Place in the 2010 Design Competition of the National Institute of Packaging, Handling & Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE).

Their winning entry in the Short Life Category, called Advanced Secondary Packaging for Military Rations, was corrugated packaging designed for 'Meals Ready to Eat' (MREs).

Jason Niedzwiecki from Natick Soldier Research, Engineering & Development Center in Natick, Massachusetts, accepted the award on behalf of the team. By reducing the fiber content of the materials, this award-winning design reduced the weight of the packaging without losing strength.

Not only did the team create a lighter package, but they also incorporated specialized coatings for moisture protection. Their innovative product is also recyclable, a benefit to any supply chain.

Keith Gray of Interstate Container Lowell and Larry Nykwest of Interstate Resources were an instrumental part of the design team.

Interstate Container Lowell is a member of Interstate Resources, a member of INDEVCO Group.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Multipak Becomes Nestlé Certified Supplier

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Jeddah-based flexible packaging manufacturer will supply Nestlé France with ice cream cone sleeves.

Multipak has successfully completed Nestlé’s Supplier Code audit, based on the request of Nestlé France. Multipak's technical excellence allowed the ice cream packaging manufacturer to pass the audit on its initial try.

Mutlipak manufactures printed ice cream cone sleeves of 110 ml, 120 ml and 150 ml sizes for ice cream cones, drumsticks, cornettos and pointed cone products, with or without lids.

Nestlé quality assurance teams in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) performed the audit.

Nestlé Supplier Code

According to Nestlé, the company "expects suppliers to adhere to its stringent ethical, social and environmental terms in line with its corporate social responsibility. This audit seeks to identify potential deficiencies and take corrective actions accordingly.

Nestlé is committed to upholding high standards of responsible practices in its supply chain, and therefore, the audit examines corporate business principles, such as business integrity, sustainable production, labor standards, including child labor, discrimination and working hours, occupational safety and health, including the quality and safety of supplied products, as well as environmental management and performance."

In addition to ice cream cone sleeves, Multipak also manufactures popsicle squeezers /
ice lolly tubes and ice cream cups with lids.

Contact Information

Jamal El Hage
Multipak Product Manager, Ice Cream Packaging
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-608-0704 Ext: 405
Fax: +966-2-608-1063

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Les Clients Francophones Occupent une Place de Choix dans la Stratégie d’INDEVCO Export

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Le catalogue électronique de produits d’INDEVCO Group ouvre une porte aux responsables d’achats francophones à communiquer facilement avec les filiales.

Ce site permet aux visiteurs à se procurer leurs produits rapidement et aisément, tels que les films PE, produits d’emballage papier, produits d’emballage flexible, boîtes et présentoirs lieux de vente (PLV) en carton ondulé, bobines mères en ouate pure ou recyclée pour la fabrication des produits hygiéniques, ainsi que des produits ménagers jetables et produits hygiéniques jetables.

Le catalogue INDEVCO Export comprend plus de 300 produits figurant en langue française et spécifiques à plus de 32 secteurs différents. Tous ces produits sont fabriqués par les filiales INDEVCO Group en Egypt, Arabie Saoudite, Liban et aux Etats-Unis.

Outre les produits qui figurent en langue française, ce catalogue électronique dispose d’un système de Service Clientele En Ligne - Live Chat - en français qui permet aux clients de demander des devis de prix et des échantillons, ainsi que discuter avec le service clientèle en ligne tous les détails de leurs exigences, termes d’exportations et autres.

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French-Speakers Prominent in INDEVCO Export Strategy

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INDEVCO promotes over 300 products for 32 target sectors. All products are produced by INDEVCO manufacturing plants in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. en Français

In addition to reading French product listings and specifications, procurement managers can chat in real time via a Live Chat feature about requirements, shipment and other issues. From the e-catalog or live chat, visitors can request quotes and product samples.

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Napco Group Co-Sponsors Star Academy 7

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Saudi consumer disposables manufacturer Napco will co-sponsor Season 7 of Star Academy, the popular pan-Arab TV talent show on Lebanese Broadcasting Company (LBC).

Ads for Napco's Bambi baby diaper brand will run during daily television broadcasts at 8:00 pm KSA, during prime time shows on Friday nights, and during prime time reruns on Saturdays. Further, regular spots will appear on the 24-hour Nagham music TV channel.

LBC and Nagham are available on Badr-6 satellite at 26 East.

Watch commercial for Bambi baby nappies

Napco consumer companies are leading hygiene disposable manufacturers in Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Napco previously co-sponsored Star Academy Season 5 and Season 6 with Private, a leading feminine hygiene brand.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

COMPACT Completes Nestlé Supplier Code Audit

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COMPACT is approved to supply Nestlé manufacturing plants worldwide with bouillon cube wrap, soup sachets, sachet packaging, and milk powder bags.

Composite film manufacturer, Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT) has successfully comformed to ethical, social and environmental standards of Nestlé's Supplier Code audit.

As part of its responsible sourcing program, Nestlé audits and selects the best suppliers that meet its corporate business principles and adhere to its standards. This audit allows Nestlé to identify any potential gaps in the supplier operations and work closely with it to develop corrective actions to fill these gaps.

In addition to quality, which is of paramount importance to select suppliers, Nestlé's audit scrutinizes business integrity, sustainable production, labor standards, including child labor, discrimination and work hours, occupational safety and health, including the quality and safety of supplied products, and environmental management and performance.

COMPACT, based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, manufactures a range of composite and sealant films for food and beverage packaging . COMPACT is a Napco company and member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO Group.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Phoenix Machinery Hosts FIT Open House

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Regional agent of FIT International presents AutoFlex systems to Saudi Arabian manufacturers.

Phoenix Machinery, agent of FIT International, Inc. for the Arabian Gulf region, showcased AutoFlex systems on 7 March in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. FIT International is the worldwide leader in automated inker technology.

Phoenix Machinery manufactures new machinery and performs control upgrades and refurbishing for hygiene, plastic, tissue and paper machinery, as well as high precision CNC parts.

FIT open house program included presentations as follows:

AutoFlex Systems
Patrick Briner, President, FIT International

Phoenix Machinery & Services
Rabih Osta, General Manager, Phoenix Machinery

Case Study: Return on Investment of AutoFlex Systems
Nasser Haddad, Plant Manager,

AutoFlex systems presentation

Live presentation of the automated inker technology at COMPACT

Plant tour at COMPACT

COMPACT, a sister company to Phoenix Machinery,
manufactures composite films.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

March 2010 REACH Newsletter from MASTERPAK Now Available

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MASTERPAK, PE film manufacturer in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, announces its March 2010 REACH newsletter issue.

In this issue, REACH newsletter focuses on newly-introduced plastic films, sustainability practices and an excellence award:

MASTERPAK brings you colored stretch films
MASTERPAK is committed to a clean environment
MASTERPAK receives the Lebanese Excellence Award 2009

Further, the newsletter contains customer testimonials from two agricultural businesses in Lebanon.

MASTERPAK manufactures a range PE films for the agricultural, building and construction, catering, household, food and beverage, tissue and hygiene, industrial, as well as soap and detergent sectors.

Visit the previous REACH issue November 2009 issue of REACH newsletter.

For More Information

Amal Merhi, Marketing Manager
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3615
Fax: +961-9-209 002

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

MASTERPAK Integrates Environmental Practices

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Lebanese PE film producer is engaging employees in environmental stewardship efforts, from procuring raw materials to allocating resources.

At MASTERPAK in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, employees are responsible for resource-saving and sustainable practices in daily operations, planning and decision-making to reduce environmental impact.

The company encourages and awards employees who develop innnovative, energy-saving ideas.

Johnny Ishac (center), MASTERPAK Production Operator, receives Silver Award
for his continuous efforts to reduce waste & downtime during machine changeovers

Engaging in Sustainable Practices

MASTERPAK is increasingly focused on reducing raw material and energy usage and eliminating pollution. Currently, the plant re-uses 100% of its PE waste.

Further, the company implements energy saving initiatives, such as turning off power-consuming appliances in non-occupied offices, saving office paper, sending paper and plastic caps for recycling, and heating water from solar energy.

Imad Njeim, MASTERPAK Plant Manager,

"Our processes are energy-efficient and our machines continuously maintained. We are constantly working to minimize the environmental impact of the company's operations, from using battery-operated forklifts, and benefiting from daylight in the plant, to minimizing plastic waste creation, and continuously pursuing opportunities to
recycle and re-use waste materials."

MASTERPAK is a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of the multinational INDEVCO Group.

For More Information

Amal Merhi, Marketing Manager
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3615
Fax: +961-9-209 002

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Phoenixia Newsletter from Phoenix Machinery Available for Download

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Customers and prospects can now download the first 2010 issue of Phoenixia newsletter from Phoenix Machinery. The Lebanese machinery manufacturer in Safra produces new equipment and performs control upgrades and refurbishing for hygiene, plastic, tissue and paper machinery, as well as high precision CNC parts.

Phoenixia March 2010 newsletter features the following articles:

General Manager Perspective
Reemphasizing Phoenix Machinery’s Mission

ISO Certification
Phoenix Machinery Retains ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Hygiene Division
Phoenix Machinery Commissions Feminine Napkin Machine

Automation & Drive Division
Cooperation Agreement with Ets. Kettaneh Frères S.A.
Cooperation Agreement with Inter-Flex Gmbh

Tissue & Paper Division
Phoenix Machinery Offers New Utility Services

CNC Division
Phoenix Increases Production Capacity for CNC Machined Parts

Agency Division
Phoenix Machinery Establishes New Agency Division

Phoenix Machinery Holds Annual Christmas Gathering

Phoenix Energy Division
Hotel Wakim Goes Green with Phoenix’s Eco-Energy Olive Husk Boiler

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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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Unipak Nile Passes OHSAS 18001/2007 Certification Audit

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Egyptian manufacturer corrugated cartons and packaging is the first INDEVCO Group company to complete the audit.

Unipak Nile, in 6th of October City, Egypt, successfully completed the Occupational Health and Safety Systems (OHSAS) 18001/2007 certification audit by TÜV SÜD. The audit covers design, manufacture and sales of corrugated and specialty packaging products.

OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and to improve an existing occupational health management system, demonstrate diligence, gain assurance and more.

The manufacturer of corrugated containers, carton packaging, high-graphics shelf-ready packaging, and promotional point-of-purchase displays as well as counter stands
is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the "Local Multinational of the Middle East".

For More Information

Unipak Nile Ltd.
Industrial Zone 5, Street 2, Area 49
P.O. Box: 46 - Giza 6th of October City, Egypt

Tel: +20-3-816 4041/2/3/4/5/7
Fax: +20-2-38164049
E-mail: info[at]
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sanita Appoints Africa General Manager

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As of 1 March 2010, Mohamad Wadi has been named Africa General Manager for Sanita, leading consumer disposables producer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Mohamad joined Napco in 1998 and was promoted to General Manager of Napco Consumer Products Company in Dammam, Saudi Arabia in 2002. He moved to manage National Paper Company Ltd. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Mohamad's managerial skills and dedication have allowed Napco Consumer companies to grow steadily. His leadership strongly contributed to the spread of INDEVCO Group values and people involvement.

In his assignment, Mohamad will implement a new milestone for Sanita's expansion in Africa, in addition to nurturing the existing client base. Further, he will develop Napco activities throughout a three-year growth strategy.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Photoblog - MASTERPAK Installs Plastic Bag Cutting Machine

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With the installation of a state-of-the-art plastic handle-bag making machine, MASTERPAK has doubled its PE bag production capacity.

The Zouk-Lebanon based flexible packaging mamufacturer will process PE and PP films with a thickness from 20-140 microns and a width from 10 cm-120 cm.

Transparent plastic film on gusseting unit

Maroun Aoun, Plant Manager at Micrograph, MASTERPAK's printing business unit, explains,

"By purchasing this new cutting machine, we doubled our bag making production capacity. We are now capable of processing more orders with greater flexibility, higher output and consistent quality. Our customers will benefit from fast delivered high-quality bags at competitive prices.”

Colored plastic films on soft loop handle bag making machine

MASTERPAK's plastic films

Printed plastic handle bags from MASTERPAK

Plastic bags, plain or printed with soft loop handles, can be used for a wide range of applications and sectors: medical instruments, processed food, compost, mattresses, hygiene disposables, tissue disposables, industrial sector, retail sector and others.

MASTERPAK is a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

For More Information

Amal Merhi, Marketing Manager
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3615
Fax: +961-9-209 002
E-mail: amal.merhi[at]

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