Thursday, July 22, 2010

FEFCO GMP Awards INDEVCO Paper Containers Highest Merit

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INDEVCO Paper Containers demonstrates its dedication to high quality standards by receiving top scores on the FEFCO GMP auditing qualifying exam.

Unipak, Unipak Nile, and Easternpak, member companies of INDEVCO Paper Containers, attended the two-day FEFCO GMP auditing training course organized by FAHSS TUV, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. This course was held on 29 and 30 June 2010 at Movenpick Hotel, Bahrain. Other packaging companies, in addition to TUV Dammam, participated in the training course.

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers
FEFCO, established in Belgium in 1952, is a respected European information and competence center in the corrugated industry. Its objective is to aid decision-makers and employees of the corrugated industry at all levels by offering know-how and support.

The International Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard, ensures that quality, safety and hygiene requirements for corrugated and solid board packaging in the food industry are met.

FEFCO GMP Auditing Course Objective

Under the training and guidance of Marjan Smit, Project Manager of Global Social Compliance Program at Supplier Information Management bv, participants left the training session with increased awareness of the importance and complexity of implementing GMP standards in the corrugated board industry.

In addition, participants gained in-depth knowledge on how to interpret and adhere to GMP standards, the criteria for correct implementation and auditing tips.

Training Course Overview

The first day of the program began with Smit presenting FEFCO and the corrugated board industry. This was followed by a detailed explanation of the development of the GMP standards. Smit continued to discuss the first and second chapters of the GMP standard that cover Quality Management & Factory Standards. The day ended with several practical exercises as case studies.

The second day began with a summary of the first day and any questions thus pertaining. It continued with an explanation of chapter three and four addressing Contamination Control and Personal Hygiene, and case study workouts. Smit further provided a description of the audit protocol of the GMP standard. Afterwards, participants ranked audit findings and wrote reports. Finally, the program closed with a two-hour qualifying exam.

Training Results

Participants, who passed the qualifying exam, are registered as approved and certified FEFCO GMP auditors. Participants who did not pass, however, still received a certificate of attendance.

Participants at the FEFCO GMP training course

Easternpak Senior Management Systems Analyst, Ganesh Shankar, scored 97.2% and Unipak Management Systems Representative, Nazha El Habr, scored 95.4%, the two highest scores.

Other INDEVCO Paper Containers participants receiving the FEFCO GMP auditor certificate include:

Salim Rassem Saliba, Unipak Corrugator Production Head
Dani Khoury, INDEVCO Paper Containers – Center for Technical Excellence (CTE) Manager
Pramod Nagnath Gaikwad, Easternpak Production Supervisor, Converting
Ahmed Fouad Hossam El-Din, Unipak Nile Production Engineer
Mohammed Salama El-Bannan, Unipak Nile Quality Assurance Team Leader

Dani Khoury, CTE Manager, states,

“Securing the top two positions among all the qualified auditors that attended the course illustrates INDEVCO Paper Containers’ commitment to excellence and development of qualified team members in order to constantly maintain high professionalism.”

About INDEVCO Paper Containers

Unipak, Unipak Nile and Easternpak are members of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Contact Information

Dani Khoury, CTE Manager
The Center of Technical Excellence
Union Packaging Corporation Ltd. (Unipak)
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900 Ext. 336
Fax: +961-9-478 915
E-mail: dani.khoury[at]

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