Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Italy-Lebanon Economic Forum Takes Place in Beirut

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Neemat Frem, INDEVCO President & CEO, greeted the Italian delegation at the Italy-Lebanon Economic Forum on 29 June on behalf of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI).

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission (Istituto Nazionale per il Commercio Estero, I.C.E.), the forum was held at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut in the presence of Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohammad Safadi, and Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Gabriele Checchia.

The Italian delegation of over 130 business people representing nearly 75 firms later met with the Lebanese delegation from over 200 firms to explore cooperation in the fields of energy, environment and construction.

As quoted in Lebanon's Daily Star English daily newspaper,

“Italy is Lebanon’s leading European investor, responsible for $576 million of trade up to May,” said Safadi. “This is a growth of 27% compared to the previous year.”

“We are seeing a growth in our trade ties with Italy this year of 43 percent,” he said. “And with Lebanon seeing one of the fastest growths in its economy in the world, we are looking to boost these ties exponentially.

Neemat Frem's Greeting to Italian Delegation
As ALI President, Frem welcomed the Italian delegation to Lebanon, an important gateway to business in the Middle East region:

Excellencies, dear fellow businessmen,

We welcome you warmly to our side of the Mediterranean Sea. We have been ‘official’ friends since 1949, when our countries signed a Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Navigation.

But, in reality, our interconnectedness is ancient. I hope you’re able to experience our shared history in the Roman temples of Baalbak and other sites in the Bekaa Valley.

Under Roman rule, Berytus was the most famous provincial School of Roman Law. The cities along our coast were wealthy enough to mint coins. Beirut. Byblos and Tripoli to
the north. Sidon and Tyr to the south.

Partnerships, like the 17th century relationship between Fakhreddine and the Grand Duke of Tuscany and members of the Midici Family, have had a lasting effect on architectural development in Lebanon, as you might notice from the red tile roofs of our

Fakhreddine was also instrumental in developing silk-related agriculture from our location on The Silk Road. It was commercial exchanges with Tuscany and Modena that further developed a silk industry. Exports of our high quality products supplied an insatiable Italian market. Silk would become the main driver in our economy by the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, with your delegations as proof, we continue to finding ways to strengthen our
Italian-Lebanese friendship. We’re looking for modern-day silk.

We have much in common, starting with our Mediterranean culture that values family,
community, and relationships. In social life and in business.

But Lebanon is also different. By virtue of our multilingual and multi-cultural nature, we serve as an important bridge to the Middle East region as a whole.

Lebanon is a gateway into the Middle Eastern marketplace worth more than $1 trillion USD. A region which is growing at more than 4% per year and which is prime for further development.

Lebanon is different in that Lebanese are able to bridge gaps in understanding.

Understanding nuances is ultimately more valuable than the ability to communicate alone. Every day we discover that, regardless of open borders and despite the latest technologies, communication is not enough.

Nuances make break-throughs. Nuances take success business people the extra mile. Your Italian zest has taken you the extra mile in Europe.

In the Middle East, Lebanese naturally detect nuances and accurately translate needs in the region.

Lebanon is different in that our single most important capital is our human capital. Lebanese executives excel - in Mexico without a doubt - but especially in the Middle East. Our men, as much as our women, are appreciated across the world.

Today...we come together as business people from both sides of the Mediterranean for one-on one-meetings to discover our synergies and to analyze the huge potential that lies between us.

Which areas could prove the most beneficial?

Which areas could provide mutual harvest?

I am sure that you will find a lot and you will unleash great potentials. But I would like to go further. I dream of a day when we will have an Italian Lebanese industrial park here in Lebanon!

This industrial park would provide accessible cheap lands for industry, set up with the right infrastructure and conditions of work. A park where Lebanese and Italians work together in joint ventures to manufacture and supply the Middle East region.

If we align enough public sector focus…

And if we interest enough Italian and Lebanese business men …

we will create another milestone in the Italian-Lebanese relationship.

Thus, you’ll be on the route of the Romans.
And we’ll be in the footsteps of Fakhreddine.

Thank you and again welcome to Lebanon!

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Iraqi Delegation Visits MASTERPAK Polyethylene Film Plant

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MASTERPAK shares agricultural and horticultural film expertise with Iraqi ministry officials and professors to strengthen and support the Iraqi agricultural sector.

Officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and University of Baghdad Dean of the College of Agriculture and professors from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering visited Lebanese PE film manufacturer, MASTERPAK, on 29-30 June 2010.

MASTERPAK produces
geomembranes, grapevine cover film, greenhouse film, ground cover film, hay bale plastic, hydroponic gully film, low tunnel film, mulch film, protective bags for banana cultivation, silage film, and soil disinfection film.

The Iraqi delegation with MASTERPAK team

Day 1: MASTERPAK Orientation & Plant Tour

On the first day of the visit, the program included about mother company, INDEVCO, and met with MASTERPAK management and agricultural experts, and took a plant tour:

Wissam Moubarak, MASTERPAK Area General Manager
Moubarak welcomed the Iraqi visitors and emphasized the mutual importance of establishing relationships with Iraqi agricultural experts. Sharing know-how would support the Iraqi agricultural sector.

Presentation about INDEVCO

Nicole Jabre, INDEVCO Online Communications Unit
Jabre provided an overview of INDEVCO Group, the mother company of MASTERPAK, including
corporate mission, history, core business divisions, and general facts and figures.

Overview of Regional Agricultural Sectors

Jihad Rahme, MASTERPAK Sales Manager
Rahme detailed market trends and packaging modes in the Iraqi and Middle Eastern agricultural sectors.

MASTERPAK Agricultural & Horticultural Films

Râny Sfeir, MASTERPAK Agricultural Engineer
Sfeir explained in-depth about MASTERPAK's agricultural and horticultural films, their usages, and warranties.

Râny Sfeir presents MASTERPAK agricultural & horticultural films

Sfeir states,

"We, at MASTERPAK, are seeking to provide agricultural solutions to the Iraqi agricultural sector. We are also ready to share know-how and information with agricultural engineers for their university research projects."

Plant Tour
Nayef Ghaith, Production Engineer
Nayef Ghaith organized a tour of the Zouk Mosbeh manufacturing plant and quality control laboratory.

Day 2: Field Visit & Corrugated Sister-Company Plant Tour

On the second day, Sfeir escorted the Iraqi delegation on a field visit about advanced greenhouse technologies in the Batroun region of Lebanon. Delegates learned about installation of greenhouse covers, plant growth control, and fully automated control systems for plant fertilization and aeration.

The group then visited Unipak corrugated packaging manufacturer in Halat, Lebanon to learn about the advantages of corrugated packaging for the agricultural sector.

Unipak produces open-top trays, corrugated trays for packing and dispensing vegetables and fruit, top-and-bottom corrugated boxes for packing fresh produce, and corrugated bulk bins for fresh produce.

The Iraqi delegation outside Unipak corrugated manufacturing plant

MASTERPAK and Unipak are members of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

For More Information
Râny Sfeir, Agricultural Engineer
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3624
Fax: +961-9-209 002


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INDEVCO Group Co-Sponsors Planet Lebanon 2010

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Lebanese experts discussed financial and economic development at Planet Lebanon 2010.

Planet Lebanon 2010, organized under the patronage of the President of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman, is taking place at Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL) from 29 June through 1 July 2010. The mission of this event was "to promote the economic and financial development of Lebanon".

Neemat Frem, INDEVCO President & CEO and President of the Association of the Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), moderated a panel within the Potential Niches of Prosperity in Lebanon track:

Encouraging Investments & Private-Public Partnerships
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
9:30 am – 12:00 pm noon

Panelists included Rayya Haffar El Hassan, Lebanese Minister of Finance; Ghazi El Aridi, Lebanese Minister of Public Works; Abraham Dedeyan, Minister of Industry; and Ghayath Al Rifai, Executive General Secretary of the Lebanese International Business Council.

INDEVCO Group Stand

This panel discussed economic prospects related to developing local infrastructure, strengthening growing industrial sectors and perfecting services related to Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

Planet Lebanon 2010 Conference Room

Planet Lebanon 2010 Participants

Other tracks at the conference included:

Why Lebanon Fared Well during the Global Financial Crisis:
The Lebanese Model

Developing a Strategy for Tourism in Lebanon

Migration & Economic Development

Parliament Highlights Support to Lebanese Emigrants

Planet Lebanon 2010 offers an opportunity to renew Lebanon’s commitment towards encouraging foreign investments and to establish private-public partnerships through stronger networks with Lebanese expatriates.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

COMPACT Introduces Lean Manufacturing System

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COMPACT focuses on Lean Manufacturing System in order to create added value products for its customers.

Napco Composite Packaging Technology (COMPACT) has recently introduced Lean Manufacturing System in order to increase the printing process efficiency. The system, which focuses on visual controls, makes the printing process and machine parameters more visible. COMPACT is a composite packaging film manufacturer in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Visual controls simplify management and ensure that problems and deviations from standards are visible to all the team. In addition, these controls display the progress status of operations in an user-friendly format.

This project is currently running on printing machines as an initial phase for implementing on other production machines at the Dammam-based facility in Saudi Arabia.
COMPACT team is currently inputting weekly data and is anticipating a fully-automated system that begins in conjunction with the coming Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

The new visual control system displays Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the operators on the machines and acts as a motivation tool for the production operator to better enhance his productivity and reduce his downtime by clearly displaying figures he worked on to all the section's team and to the next-shift operator on the same machine.

In the future, alongside with the KPIs, the visual control system will include live speed, live downtime and the machine schedule.

About Lean Manufacturing System
Lean manufacturing, also known as lean production, is a production practice that considers eliminating any expenditure of resources that has a goal other than the creation of value for the end customer.

This process management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System
in the 1990s.

Reference: Wikipedia

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

Tel: +966-3-812-1244
Fax: +966-3-812-1322

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Unipak Nile Exhibits in Kenya & Tanzania

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Unipak Nile, corrugated packaging manufacturer in 6th of October City, Egypt met with industrial manufacturers and horticultural growers in East Africa, while exhibiting at Plastics, Printing and Packaging (PPP) Expos in Kenya (12-14 June) and Tanzania (18-20 June).

The Egyptian Commercial Consular in Nairobi, Amr Al-Bakri, visited Unipak Nile's booth in Kenya, while the Tanzanian Minister of Finance visited the booth after the opening ceremony in Tanzania.

(L-R): Youssef Ishak, Unipak Nile Customer Service Manager;
Amr Al-Bakri, Egyptian Commercial Consular;
Medhat Shalaby, Unipak Nile Export Sales Manager

Medhat Shalaby, Unipak Nile Export Sales Manager, explains,

"It was an excellent opportunity for Unipak Nile to explore these new markets and different aspects of expanding our export activities in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as other East African markets."
Youssef Isak showcases corrugated packaging to a visitor

(L-R) Tanzanian Minister of Finance
with Medhat Shalaby, Unipak Nile Export Sales Manager

Medhat Shalaby provides information about Unipak Nile's corrugated packaging products

Unipak Nile, based in 6th of October City, Egypt, supplies corrugated packaging to the agricultural, beverage, catering, dairy, hygiene disposables, industrial, petro/chemical, processed food, pharmaceutical, soap and detergent industries.

Interested parties can request product quotes and samples, as well as download brochures.

Fill online RFQs:
Call: +20-23-816-4041 / 2 Ext. 2400
E-mail: m

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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Monday, June 21, 2010

Uniplast Packing Mode Reduces Shipping Costs

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Uniplast Logistics Department has optimized packing of its polyethylene film products, as well as transfer and shipping, to the advantage of export customers.

Uniplast has maximized packing of 40’ high cube containers to a weight of 25-tons.

The Jeddah, Saudi Arabian-based manufacturer produces manual and machine stretch film, PE trash bags and bin liners, PE food storage bags, and PE embossed disposable table covers.

Rabih Ghanem, Uniplast Marketing Manager, explains that the Uniplast understands the importance of upgrading packing mode and in bringing together the company’s Logistics and Quality Control departments for a successful joint effort:

“We recognize logistics as a critical factor in the export game. When we talk logistics, we talk about complicated, multi-tasked operations, where many factors come together.

The secret behind seamless shipping and delivery is ensuring that converging factors come together at the right time: movement of the product, movement of information, time and service, cost, and integration among suppliers, other third parties, and the customer.”

In addition to packing mode, Uniplast has attended to other critical factors to create a methodology that maximizes shipping times, cost and delivery of its plastics products.

Relations with Shipping Lines & Carriers

Uniplast has built relationships with such leading global carriers as
Hapag-Lloyd, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Maersk line, Messina, and others. These relationships allow the PE film producer to obtain competitive rates with the collaboration of international forwarders.

Uniplast also monitors the entire shipping process via weekly meetings with the shipping line and by using online tracking tools.

Decreased Loading Times

Uniplast lifts containers free of charge directly from ports, prior to booking dates. This cost-efficient factor expedites the entire process. Finished goods are moved from the transfer area within 24 hours, not longer, and loaded into containers, which minimizes warehousing costs and optimizes on-container bookings.

Shipping Efficiency

With no detention or demurrage rates to its name, Uniplast has adhered to effective and efficient procedures. Upon request, Uniplast stores containers with the designated shipping line without extra cost, gaining additional storage advantage.

Logistics Planning, Organization & Information Sharing

Uniplast Logistic Department plans shipments, books containers, and processes orders on a control sheet dependent on required delivery dates. The team also focuses on accurate information transfer by attaching a shipping summary report to the bill of lading sent to each client.

“For our customers, who are importing, the headaches are always related to logistics. We want to make this the least of our customers’ concerns. We remain committed to offering our customers excellent shipping rates and on-time delivery,” Ghanem concludes.

For More Information
Rabih Ghanem, Marketing Manager
Industrial Area 4, Street #407
Jeddah 21438 Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 -2-608-1118
Fax: +966-2-847-063


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Lamination Film Production to Begin for Powder Detergent Packaging

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Laminated films feature brighter printing and protect outer powder detergent bags from scratches during handling and transportation.

Jeddah-based United Plastic Products Company (UPPC), also known as Napco United, will begin producing printed lamination film rolls for the powder detergent industry in early July. Napco United installed its new lamination machine line in March.

Detergent manufacturers use these laminated films on their automatic Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) packing machines.

George Daher, UPPC Product Manager, explains,

"The newly-installed lamination line at UPPC produces PE/PE, OPP/PE, PET/PE laminated films that are widely used in the growing global powder detergent sector.

By introducing the laminated film for powder detergent into our product portfolio, we aim to become a major player in this sector. This will eventually allow us to offer the full range of detergent packaging to our existing client base."

United Plastic Products Company is also a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Request a quote for laminated film for detergent powder here.

Contact Information

George Daher, Product Manager
United Plastic Products Company
Jeddah Industrial City Phase 4, Street 404-405
Jeddah 21438, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-638-0885
Fax: +966-2-638-0825

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: 6-Second Easy Point of Purchase Displays

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Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S.corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at


Millions of dollars are lost when over 50% of corrugated point-of-purchase (POP) displays are wasted. Due to assembly complexities, time limitations or a transient workforce, many displays never get assembled.

Interstate Container Reading, the “go-to” source for problem-solving, recognized the need for better, retail friendly, easily assembled displays.


By simplifying display designs and using a fresh, differentiated approach, Interstate Container Reading is able to create innovative, easy to use, holistic displays that can be customized to individual customer needs.

Today’s retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are focused on reducing packaging costs, problem-solving, eliminating waste and using fossil fuel alternatives. Interstate Container Reading brings a high level of commitment, creativity and responsibility to find the right, customized display solution for each customer’s situation.

Using their Pacific 3.0 with the Polyjoiner module, the Interstate Container Reading creative design team has developed dozens of new displays, taking as little as six seconds or less to pop into place. Easy POP customers reduce waste and get a strong return on investment since their high impact displays are assembled and deployed within the retail setting, leading to greater product placement visibility.

Retailers and CPG companies are enthusiastic about the Easy POP display configurations, simplicity and increased product visibility. The customized display offers function, quality and aesthetics.

The patented Easy POP display units can be custom printed in up to four colors. Let Interstate Container Reading help you present your product with an eye-catching display.


Interstate Container Reading’s equipment includes: Pacific 3.0 and Polyjoiner/folder gluer, BHS corrugators, Bobst platen die-cutter and Bobst color press. These allow for award winning full-service graphic packaging and POP displays.

Interstate Container Reading of Reading, Pennsylvania is a member of
Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gipsy Brand Tissue Launches 'Don't Count to 10' Campaign

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Lebanon's leading disposables consumables company, Sanita, has launched the 'Ma T3ed Lal 3ashra' or 'Don't Count to 10' campaign for its Gipsy brand tissue products from June through the end of August.

Watch the Gipsy 'Ma T3ed Lal 3ashra' TVC

Sanita produces Gipsy products - facial tissue, toilet tissue, paper towels, paper table napkins and wet wipes - at its manufacturing plant in Halat, Lebanon.

2010 Gipsy 'Ma T3ed Lal 3ashra' Campaign

Throughout the campaign, consumers collect points to win Gipsy tissue disposables. Every pack of Gipsy tissue contains a sticker with a certain number of points and identifies the total number of points needed to win:

2 points: win 1 pack of Gipsy cocktail paper table napkins

5 points, win 1 Gipsy Soft Plus pack of 200 facial tissue sheets

7 points, win 1 pack of Gipsy medium household paper towels

9 points, win 1 jumbo pack of 9-roll Gipsy toilet tissue

Sanita is currently running the television ad, from 23 June through 13 July 2010 on LBCI, Al Jadeed, MTV, ANB and Future TV.

In addition, Sanita's radio campaign runs from 19 June through the end of June on Sawt el Mada, Light FM, Nostalgie, Melody, Delta, Strike, in addition to Radio Liban Libre (RLL), Voix du Liban (VDL) and Sawt El Ghad during July 2010.

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, June 11, 2010

Photoblog - Phoenix Energy at Project Lebanon 2010

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Phoenix Energy in Safra, Lebanon, presented 'Innovative Technologies in Solar & Biomass Heating' at Project Lebanon 2010. Visitors were able to visit Phoenix Energy at Stand #K43 in the Green Pavillion, throughout the duration of the exhibition, 1-4 June, at Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, BIEL.

The event is the 15th international trade exhibition for construction technology, building materials and equipment for the Middle East.

Have a look at the photos at the event...

Phoenix Energy General Manager, Rabih Osta, explains energy
solutions with a visitor

Phoenix Energy Project Manager, Fadi El Chiti, presents 'Innovative Technologies in Solar & Biomass Heating'

Water Solar Heaters from Phoenix Energy

Phoenix Energy Team: (L-R): Amira Tanios, Fadi El-Chiti, Simon Gerges, Andre Abi Awad, Dany Kaddoum, Jean Chalhoub & Charbel Fayad

R&D Manager, Dany Kaddoum, explains to a visitor about Phoenix Energy's water solar panels

Phoenix Energy Busy Booth

Phoenix Energy Booth

Phoenix Energy Booth

Biomass Boilers from Pheonix Energy

Fadi El-Chiti explains about biomass boilers to visitors

Phoenix Energy supplies renewable energy products and solutions, such as water solar heaters, wind turbines, biomass boilers, biomass stoves for domestic and commercial use, and minced solid biofuels. The company also provides turnkey commercial projects for power generation using renewable energy resources and assessment services.

Phoenix Energy is a sister company to
Phoenix Machinery and a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Identifying Energy-Saving Solutions a First Step to Transforming Fuel Dependency in the Middle East

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Solar water heaters, bio-mass boilers, and waste-to-energy gasification plants offer renewable alternatives for domestic heating and institutional electricity generation in the Middle East.

Phoenix Energy of Safra, Lebanon has identified key energy-saving solutions suitable for the Lebanese and Middle Eastern consumers and institutions. The company presented these alternatives at Project Lebanon 2010 exhibition in Beirut in early June.

Solior FL 150 Solar Water Heater

Phoenix Energy formed an exclusive partnership with Itho, a leading European supplier of solar heating technologies, after evaluating solar water heating products available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Itho, located in the Netherlands, "develops, produces, and sells indoor climate products for domestic purposes in Western Europe."

Phoenix Energy now distributes the Solior FL 150 solar hot water system for domestic use. The Solior FL 150 is a simple, compact, and durable system, which combines a solar collector and a hot water tank.

Easy to install, the system is placed on the roof and connected to conventional hot water appliances. The hot water heater operates year-round and requires an annual inspection.

In Southern Europe in the Mediterranean region, the unit is estimated to cut energy consumption for providing hot water by as much as 70%.

Rabih Osta, Phoenix Energy General Manager, explains that, in Lebanon,

"The Lebanese Ministry of Environment has recently set a long-term objective to increase power generation from renewable resources to 12% by 2020, and Phoenix Energy supports this government strategy and policy.

Lebanon is exposed to more than 3000 hours of sunlight annually, presenting an untapped resource for renewable energy. Rather than depending on fossil fuel energy, Lebanon has easy access to abundant sunlight. Solar water heaters from Phoenix Energy can contribute to this goal."

Bio-Mass Boiler

The skyrocketing of diesel prices in 2008 also fueled Phoenix Energy’s search for more economic heating solutions. Company engineers turned to readily-available olive husks from local olive oil mills in Lebanon to fuel a bio-mass boiler.

Phoenix Energy partnered with D’Alessandro Termomeccanica of Miglianico, Italy to distribute CSA model bio-mass boilers, which are developed and manufactured in Italy and which operate at 92% efficiency.

Phoenix Energy is the exclusive agent for this product in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Biomass Boilers from Phoenix Energy

Waste-to-Energy Gasification Plant

With the tremendous problem waste poses to the environment, Phoenix Energy explored ways to recycle waste and transfer it into an energy source. The outcome has been the development of a waste-to-energy gasification plant.

Phoenix Energy can provide any public or private institution with a turn-key gasification system that consumes up to 97% of its waste and transforms it into up to 3 MWh of electricity, 3% sterile ash, and emissions that meet European standards.

In line with its mission, Phoenix Energy will continue to scout and analyze eco-friendly engineering solutions that allow local populations to reduce dependency on finite and harmful energy sources.

Phoenix Energy is a sister company to Phoenix Machinery and a member company of INDEVCO Group, the Local Multinatinonal of the Middle East.

Contact Information

Phoenix Energy
Safra, Kesrwan, Lebanon
P.O. Box 11 - 2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-855 690

Fax: + 961-9-855 696
Web Site:

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INDEVCO Paper Containers Plant Receives 3rd Prize in 2010 DuPont Grand Prix Cyrel® Competition

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Easternpak's printed instant noodle box placed in the 'Corrugated Pre-Print E-Flute and Finer' category.

INDEVCO Paper Containers executives attended the 2010 DuPont Grand Prix Cyrel® Awards gala ceremony in Barcelona, Spain from 3 - 5 June. The winning entry was submitted by Easternpak, a corrugated manufacturer in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Repro Center, a division of sister-company Unipak, corrugated manufacturing plant in Lebanon, produced the digital flexo printing plates for Easternpak. These business units are members of INDEVCO Paper Containers division.

Jurors evaluated over 750 submissions of flexographic printed packaging in 8 different categories from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, basing their assessments on packaging design, reproduction and printing.

(L-R): Elie Khattar, Repro Center General Manager;
Asuman Yazigi, DuPont Middle East & Africa Regional Office;
Antoine Douaiher, INDEVCO Paper Containers;
Abdo Khoury, Dynagraph, official distributor of DuPont photopolymer plates

(L-R): Bjorn Meth, DuPont Imaging Technologies;
Elie Khattar, Antoine Douaiher & Asuman Yazigi

Antoine Douaiher, INDEVCO Paper Containers Business Development Director, explains,

"Receiving the 3rd prize in 2010 DuPont Grand Prix Cyrel® competition shows that Easternpak pre-print quality meets the highest international standards. Our Repro Center produces high-quality photopolymer plates that meet the highest international standards in the industry.

We are able to compete with global players in the region and leaders in the corrugated packaging industry worldwide.
In the upcoming DuPont Grand Prix Cyrel® competition, we will plan to participate with more entries in different categories."

DuPont has hosted the
Grand Prix Cyrel® event since 1982. The competition has evolved into a key industry event, promoting the growth of flexography within the printing packaging industry.

Easternpak is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Midde East'.

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Unipak Nile Attends Human Resources 2.0 Conference

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HR 2.0 featured human resource thought leaders Gary Dessler, Jac Fitz-Enz, and John Riker.

Paul Kadissi, Administrative Manager, and Sami Sfeir, Financial Manager, represented the Egyptian corrugated packaging manufacturer at Human Resources 2.0. The conference took place on 7-8 June at Intercontinental City Stars Hotel in Nasr City, Cairo.

Throughout the two-day event, the world-renown facilitators emphasized new trends shaping the future of human resources, talent management, and its connections to enterprise strategy and goals, diversity and multi-cultural talent management ideas, human capital metrics and ROI, predictive analytics and data integration.

The conference also addressed challenges facing HR leaders for succession planning, performance management, culture and diversity and Blue Ocean Strategy.

Gary Dessler, a prolific researcher and publisher of human resource management texts and other business books, is Professor of Business at Florida International University's College of Business Administration in Miami, Florida.

Jac Fitz-Enz, acknowledged as the father of human capital strategic analysis and measurement, has been acknowledged as one of the 50 persons who have "significantly changed what HR does and how it does it" in the past 50 years.

John Riker is Managing Director of Blue Ocean Strategy Initiative Centre, a worldwide center for all commercial and public interest in Blue Ocean Strategy, as well as a member of the Blue Ocean Strategy Network, founded at INSEAD.

"One should always grasp opportunities when they appear. For me, this event was a great opportunity that widened my exposure to the HR world," explains Kadissi. "We discussed shifting from filling jobs to building a workforce capable of handling tomorrow’s challenges."
"Beyond normal seminars and training, these speakers shared their personal experience, real examples of how to manage talents for competitive advantage; how to connect HR services to organizational quality, innovation, productivity and services. And the most important issue is how to strategically scan to connect external and internal factors affecting the organization’s human, structural and relational capital workforce planning."

(L-R): Dr. Gary Dessler & Paul Kaddissi, Unipak Nile

(L-R): Jac Fitz-Enz with Paul Kaddissi

(L-R): Sami Sfeir, Unipak Nile Financial Manager;
Paul Kaddissi, Unipak Nile Administrative Manager

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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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Napco Re-Launches TV Campaign for Freshdays

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Freshdays® TV commercials are re-broadcasted on satellite TV stations in the Middle East starting 3 June 2010.

As part of Freshdays campaign 'Khalliki Fresh ma3 Freshdays' or 'Stay Fresh with Freshdays', Napco is advertising its brand of feminine hygiene pantyliners on some of the leading TV stations in the Arab world. This TV commercial was initially broadcasted during 2009.

The advertising campaign will run on the following TV stations:

Napco is sponsoring the 2 following programs from 4 to 28 June 2010:

America's Got Talent: Thursday & Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Friends: Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

In addition, a regular TV spot campaign will be broadcasted during Oprah, The Doctors, Turkish series, etc.

Dubai One TV

Napco is sponsoring the following programs from 4 June to 9 July 2010:

The OC program: Friday at 9:00 p.m.
Romantic night movie on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m.

Rotana Music

Napco is sponsoring Akher Al AKhbar program daily at 8:30 p.m. from
3 June to 3 July 2010

Watch the Freshdays® "Khalliki Fresh ma3 Freshdays" TV commercial

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Next Frontier in Food Packaging Recycling

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Interstate Container Cambridge participated in the Turning Spent Food Packaging into Gold panel at the 2010 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago in May.

Pete Bugas, General Manager of Interstate Container Cambridge, joined fellow members of Global Green's Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to discuss how restaurateurs can save money and immediately green operations by turning to recyclable wholesale transfer packaging.

Other panel members included Kristin Newman of International Paper, Larry Saywell of Mountaire Farms, and Annie White of CoRR.

Bugas explained how Interstate Container Cambridge worked with Delaware-based Mountaire Farms, the largest poultry plant in the U.S., to shift from non-recyclable waxed boxes to the Interstate Container's innovative, recyclable GREENCOAT™ corrugated wax-alternative boxes.

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