Friday, April 30, 2010

INDEVCO Closes for Labor Day

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INDEVCO Group headquarters will be closed on Monday, 3 May 2010 for Labor Day.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Client Extranet Helps INDEVCO Corrugated Customers Manage Orders

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Customers of INDEVCO corrugated manufacturing plants in the Middle East now manage and track their packaging orders online.

INDEVCO Paper Containers, the corrugated packaging division of INDEVCO Group, has launched a client extranet known as ICOS (INDEVCO Containers Online Services). The goal of ICOS is to offer real-time information and online processing and tracking of customer requests and orders.

How Does ICOS Work?

Customers access their ICOS account by clicking the Client Log In button in their supplier's web site. INDEVCO Paper Containers groups three corrugated packaging facilities:

Unipak Nile
6th of October City, Egypt

Halat, Lebanon

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

ICOS was developed by INDEVCO Management Information Systems (MIS). From within ICOS, customers can:
  • Stay up-to-date with their order status anytime & anywhere
  • Manage their production capacity, stock & logistical activities
  • Plan their next order
Further, according to Antoine Harb, MIS Manager:

"ICOS allows our plants to provide better services through automated web processes, such as online product request, request for quotation (RFQ), orders, complaints, orders tracking, posting product designs catalog, and other services.

INDEVCO Containers Online Services (ICOS) is a set of web-enabled modules that improve the communication between clients and our corrugated plants. "
Customer Response

Customers are responding positively to ICOS, as they begin to use the extranet.
According to Albeer Shenouda, Procurement Department Manager at Al Ahram Beverages Company in Cairo, Egypt, "This tracking tool is just excellent!"
Zakhia Chahine, Cairo Region Sales Supervisor at Unipak Nile, responds,
"We are really satisfied to hear this kind of positive feedback, which positively affects our relationship and enhances our partnership. One of the main objectives at Unipak Nile is transparency with our customers."
Contact Information

Edgard Bou Kheir, Marketing Coordinator
INDEVCO Paper Containers
Halat Industrial Complex
Halat, Lebanon

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

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First Business Roundtable in Lebanon Scheduled for June

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Neemat Frem, INDEVCO Group President & CEO and President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), will participate in the roundtable

Economist Conferences has organized Lebanon Business Roundtable, the first interactive conference of its kind, to assess the progress of Lebanese authorities and to discuss how businesses can help Lebanon reach its full potential.

The event, to take place in Beirut on Tuesday, 15 June, will feature senior business executives and representatives from the Lebanese government.

Neemat Frem will serve on the International Investors Panel Discussion, along with Joseph Ghossoub, Chairman & CEO of MENACOM, Gordon Campbell Gray, Chairman of Campbell Gray Hotels, and Maroun Edde, CEO of Murex.

The panel will address such questions as:

  • How does Lebanon compare from a business perspective?
  • What would it take for investors to set up business in Lebanon?
  • Could Lebanon again become a regional hub?
In addition to an Economist Intelligence Unit briefing entitled "Benchmarking Lebanon", other confirmed speakers and panels include:
  • Opening Keynote: Prime Minister Saad Hariri

  • Panel Discussion with Raya Hassan Haffar, Minister of Finance
  • Lebanon's Talent: How Not to Waste It

  • Panel Discussion on Telecoms & Technology with Charbel Nahhas, Minister of Telecommunications

  • Panel Discussion on Energy & the Environment with Gibran Bassil, Minister of Energy & Water

Economist Conferences is a division of the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

INDEVCO CEO Outlines Strategies for Better Economic Future in Lebanon

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Notre Dame University hosts economic conference in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.

Neemat Frem, INDEVCO Group President & CEO, outlined strategies for a better economic future in Lebanon at a conference entitled 'Lebanon's Economy between Today & Tomorrow' on 22 April 2010.

The event was organized by
NDU Faculty of Business Administration & Economics (FBAE) and sponsored by Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohammed Safadi.

The conference schedule included:

Neemat Frem
New Strategies for Better Economic Future in Lebanon

Dr. Makram Sader, Secretary General of the Associations of Banks in Lebanon (ABL)
Recommended Reforms for Economic Stability Policies

Dr. Charbel Aoun
New Legislations for Investment Protection

Dr. Marwan Iskandar, Economist & Former Chief Editor of Annahr Financial Pages
Strong Economy Open to International Exchange & International Treaties

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photoblog - Beverage Manufacturers Prepare for Summer Heat

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As consumers drink more in the heat of the summer, beverage manufacturers will increase production capacity to meet demand.

Manufacturers of water, soft drinks, and juice can look to INDEVCO manufacturing plants to source beverage packaging materials, including bottle roll-fed labels and stretch sleeve labels, aluminium peel lids, printed shrink wrap, retail ready packaging, printed outer cartons, and corrugated trays
Request quotes and samples by following the links on images or captions below.

Soft Drink Labels & Printed Cartons

Juice Box & Bottle Labels & Shelf-Ready Packaging

Water Bottle Labels & Printed RSC Boxes

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INDEVCO Paper Containers Nominated for 8th Grand Prix Cyrel® Award

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INDEVCO Paper Containers is an international nominee in the 'Corrugated Pre-Print E-Flute and Finer 'category.

Jurors have selected a printed instant noodle box by Easternpak, an INDEVCO Paper Containers company, as a nominee from over 750 submissions from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. They based the assessment on packaging quality, difficulty of reproduction, appearance and functionality. Repro Center, division of Unipak, produced the printing plates. Unipak is a sister company to Easternpak.

The Dupont International Grand Prix Cyrel® Award is an important and prestigious packaging design competition, uniting packaging and printing experts from across the globe.

Winning entries will be honored in an awards ceremony on 23 April in Dresden, Germany.

Easternpak and Unipak are corrugated packaging manufacturers members of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

COMPACT Expands Bouillon Packaging Line

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A leading Australian manufacturer of halal and other high-grade stock cubes sources its foil laminate from COMPACT.

Dammam-based Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT) serves the seasoning industry with thermo-seal bouillon wrap, in addition to regular stock cube foil.

While the two foil laminates share a similar structure, thermo-seal contains additional applications to enhance sealing properties, since the cube wrap is sealed at temperatures up to 130 degrees Celsius. In contrast, regular bouillon wrap is folded on packing machines.

COMPACT manufactures flexible packaging products for other seasonings and flavoring blend manufacturers:

Sachets for dry soup mixes & gravy mixes
Peel lidding for liquid seasonings, such as chili sauce, soy sauce & dipping sauces
Sachets for dry condiments, such as salt, pepper, sugar & creamer
Sachets for wet condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise & sauces
Shelf-ready packaging for seasonings & spices

COMPACT is a Napco company and a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

National Paper Company Ltd. Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

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National Paper Company Limited team celebrates ISO certification award.

Napco's National Paper Company Ltd. has successfully received ISO 9001:2008 certification upon the audit conducted by Lloyd's Register.

The ISO 9001: 2008 quality management system is applicable to:

  • Converting, marketing and selling of consumable facial and toilet tissues, paper towels, examination rolls, table napkins, coasters, aluminum foils and cling films
  • Manufacturing, marketing and selling of baby and adult diapers and feminine napkins
  • Stockholding, marketing and selling of wet wipes, underpads, dispensers, aluminium foil containers, lids, paper cups, cotton products, trash bags, food storage bags and table covers

Employees gathered to celebrate on 15 April at Elite Hall in Jeddah's Al Waha Hotel.

National Paper Company Ltd. Team

Abdallah Mhanna, who is in charge of NPCL quality management, explained,

"For 14 months, NPCL team worked with full dedication and effort to make this experience. Throughout these months, we developed new systems and procedures to
maintain high levels and reach higher levels of professionalism."

Abdallah Mhanna, responsible for NPCL quality management

Mohammad Wadi, NPCL General Manager

Mounir Andraos, Consumer Products Division Director

Management team: Elie Sayegh, Michel Shimlati & Mohammad Zorkot

Appreciation gifts distributed to the team

National Paper Company manufactures such personal care consumer disposables as baby diapers and feminine hygiene products; household tissue; household food wrap and disposables, and away-from-home (AFH) institutional products, including foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies.

For More Information

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
Web Site:

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Maroun El Khoury Appointed INDEVCO Paper Containers Export Manager

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As of March 2010, Maroun El Khoury has been named Division Export Manager at INDEVCO Paper Containers (IPC).

In 1996, Maroun joined Saudi-based Easternpak in Dammam as a Sales Supervisor in 2002 and was later promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager. In 2008, he played a major role in creating the Business Development Department for Paper Containers Division in Saudi Arabia, developing and monitoring key accounts for the company.

Maroun then became Pre-Print Manager, where he contributed to implementing the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system at INDEVCO Management Information Systems (MIS) Department.

Maroun's dedication to business growth and his ambition to succeed will allow him to grow international sales.

Please join us in wishing Maroun the best in his new position.

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Jihad Frem Appointed Uniplast General Manager

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Jihad Frem has been named General Manager of Napco Packaging Systems Company (Uniplast), as of 10 April 2010. Uniplast manufactures recycled PE granules, films and bags in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In 2001, Jihad joined MASTERPAK in Zouk, Lebanon as Production Manager until 2006. His high level of commitment, leadership and strong team building skills, as well as deep industrial knowledge, allowed him to influence and improve the plant's key performance indicators (KPIs).

Jihad became Uniplast Operations Manager in 2009. He successfully improved quality and productivity through reducing raw material cost by adopting substainable recycled materials, growing export sales, and building a highly-performing management team.

Jihad holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with a Business Minor from Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to working with INDEVCO plants, Jihad worked at Capgemini in New York, as a senior consultant in supply chain and manufacturing projects. Please join us in wishing Jihad success in his new responsibilities.

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MASTERPAK Introduces Color Stretch Films

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PE film manufacturer in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon offers a complete line of stretch pallet wrap in black, blue, milky and other colors

Retailers, manufacturers and logistic companies use tinted, opaque stretch films for date coding, product identification and tamper prevention.

MASTERPAK manufactures three types of co-extruded polyethylene (PE) films:

Colored Machine Stretch Film is used for conventional automatic and semi-automatic pallet wrapping machines with low noise. Its stretchability reaches up to 300% on automatic pallet wrapping machines.

Colored Manual Stretch Film is used when wrapping pallets by hand. This film comes as converted rolls or as jumbo rolls for conversion on location. It features two-side cling and one-side cling for clean pallets.

Colored Power Pre-Stretch Film is used to protect products with a long-term load retention with low noise. Its stretchability reaches up to 300% on automatic pallet wrapping machines.

In addition, these films offer excellent load holding force, high puncture resistance and ensure a safe storage and transit for products. Stretch films are available in a range of gauges, sizes and performance options.

MASTERPAK also manufactures transparent power pre-stretch film, transparent machine and transparent manual stretch film.

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

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arsen Gergian Named General Manager of COMPACT

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As of 10 April 2010, Arsen Gergian has been appointed General Manager of Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (
COMPACT). COMPACT manufactures composite films in Dammam, Saudi Arabia for the food, beverage, dairy, paramedical, pharmaceutical, and soap and detergent industries.

Arsen completed several management assignments at different companies within INDEVCO Group, where he integrated operational excellence in day-to-day operations. He also implemented quality systems and obtained COMPACT's ISO certification. His perseverence and strong team-building skills were clearly behind his success in confirming COMPACT as a solid and transparent organization, consistently yielding significant positive results.

Arsen is another example of achieving success in business by living, practicing, and spreading INDEVCO philosophy and values, clearly reflected in his daily actions.

Please join us in wishing Arsen success in his new endeavors.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Walmart Vendors Eye GREENCOAT™ Wax Replacement Boxes

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Interstate Resources showcased its GREENCOAT™ corrugated wax alternative boxes at Walmart's 5th Annual Sustainable Packaging Expo on 6 -7 April 2010 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas.

By the second day of Walmart's 5th Annual Sustainable Packaging Expo, the ice inside Interstate Container Cambridge's patent-pending GREENCOAT™ box had melted, leaving the box with 6 inches of water.

"We filled up a non-leaking lobster box with ice, water, and drinks to impress upon people that a corrugated box with our an eco-friendly coating could withstand moisture," explained Jeff Cormier, Marketing & Sales Manager at Interstate Container Cambridge.

Interstate Containers' stand focused exclusively on GREENCOAT™ containers, which are 100% recyclable, repulpable, and compostable. The company exhibited poultry, seafood, and fresh produce boxes for Walmart suppliers from around the world.

"This show helps us meet people from outside our normal industry and generate ideas on where to sell next.", says Cormier.

The FBA-certified GREENCOAT™ boxes are cost-effective with proven moist condition tolerance and grease resistance. The corrugated containers meet or exceed most current wax box performance.

Pete Bugas, National Account Manager, has worked closely with Global Green in the Coalition for Resource Recovery. "We're looking to help processors of seafood, poultry, fresh produce and other refrigerated or frozen products progress in their sustainability efforts while saving them money in disposal fees."

Interstate Container Cambridge was invited to the expo for the second year and passed a sustainability audit prior to acceptance. More than 175 exhibitors from across the globe participated.

The purpose of Sustainable Packaging Expo is to put Walmart and Sam's Club vendors in touch with packaging suppliers and resources to make product packaging more sustainable. By 2013, Walmart's Packaging Network aims to reduce the amount of packaging in its supply chain by 5%.

Interstate Container Cambridge, located in Cambridge, Maryland, is a member of Interstate Resources Container Division and a partner in Global Green Coalition for Resource Recovery.

Interested parties can request quotes and samples for GREENCOAT™ wax alternative containers at

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SME Exhibits at Project Qatar 2010

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SME, with dealer Rafco, is currently participating in Project Qatar 2010 exhibition in Doha Exhibition Center, Booth W114, from 12 - 15 April 2010. This event is the 7th international trade exhibition for construction technology, building materials, equipment and environmental technology.

SME manufactures kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, walk-in closets and bathroom vanities since 1996. SME also cooperates with international manufacturers to distribute Snaidero kitchens, Wery industrial kitchens, Move wardrobes and walk-in closets, and Novello bathroom vanities.

Snaidero Middle East (SME) is a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

For more Information

SME Headquarters
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon
PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-1-209 007

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Yum! Assigns Multipak as Approved Global Supplier

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Jeddah-based Multipak can now supply printed paper bags and paper sheets to Yum!'s restaurant brands around the world: KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's.

Multipak has met the strict safety standards within Yum Supplier Tracking and Recognition system (STAR). YUM! is the world's largest restaurant company, with more than 37,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories.

Multipak, which manufactures paper fast food packaging, has been classified as lowest risk supplier in terms of pest control, sanitation, operations and facility management, good manufacturing practices and product protection, recovery and food security.

Multipak manufactures such catering disposables as paper bags, paper sheets and paper cups in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Contact Information

Jamal El Hage
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-608-0704 Ext. 405
Fax: +966-2-608-1063
E-mail: Jamal.Hajj[at]

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Interstate Container Cambridge GM Wins United Way Award

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United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in Maryland recognizes its volunteers of the year.

Jim Krahn, General Manager of Interstate Container Cambridge, has been awarded 2009 Dorchester County Volunteer of the Year Award. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and helped raise more than $70,000, in order to help the less fortunate of the Lower Shore.

Jim Krahn (center) with representatives of United Way

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore held the award ceremony at its annual meeting at The Carousel Oceanfront Resort in Ocean City on 31 March. Over 180 community members represented more than 100 local companies and organizations.

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore is, outside the government, the largest direct funder of local non-profit programs affecting the lives of over 100,000 people, including children and the elderly every year. The funding also provides critical emergency and crisis assistance.

Interstate Container Cambridge manufactures corrugated wax replacement packaging for poultry and seafood processing and packing, fresh produce and floral industries.

Interstate Container Cambridge LLC is a member of the
Interstate Resources Container Division.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Unipak Nile Participates in Leadership Bootcamp

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Executives from Unipak Nile, Egyptian corrugated packaging plant in 6th of October City, took part in the LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP with four of the world’s most influential leadership experts.

This two-day event, which took place at the City Stars Hotel in Cairo, helps leaders explore their long-term leadership impact on their company's productivity and profitability.

This BOOTCAMP also allows top level executives, decision-makers, strategists from across the MENA region to meet and coordinate.

Stephen R. Covey & Paul Kaddissi

Stephen R. Covey, Jonas Ridderstrale, Andrew Grant and Bob Nelson presented their very latest, influential leadership concepts combining practical leadership case studies and examples.

Stephen R. Covey & Elie Saad

Stephen R. Covey is the vice-chairman of FranklinCovey, management and leadership development organization in the world. He is also an worldwide respected leadership authority and the best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world.

Unipak Nile is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the Local Multinational of the Middle East.

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