Thursday, December 30, 2010

MASTERPAK to Exhibit at Fruit Logistica 2011

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MASTERPAK, manufacturer of high-value PE films in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, will exhibit agricultural and horticultural films in Hall 8.2 Booth B-08 during Fruit Logistica 2011. The annual event will be held in Berlin, Germany from 9 - 11 February 2011.

Fruit Logistica is a leading international trade fair for the fresh produce (fruit and vegetable) business. This year, more than 2,300 companies from around the world - global players, as well as small and medium-sized suppliers - will come together from across the entire fresh produce value chain.

MASTERPAK supplies agricultural and horticulture growers with compost and forage bags, greenhouse covers, ground cover film, hydroponic gully film, low tunnel film, mulch film, silage covers, silage wrap, soil disinfection film and water membrane and banana bags.

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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Monday, December 27, 2010

MASTERPAK Gives to Those in Need During the Holidays

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MASTERPAK gives to children in need during the holiday season.

For the fourth consecutive year, MASTERPAK, Lebanese polyethylene film manufacturer in Zouk Mosbeh, spread the holiday joy and contributed to the happiness of children.

On 26 December 2010, members of the MASTERPAK family circulated homes from Beirut to Tripoli dressed in Santa Claus costumes distributing gifts, clothes, food, and other necessities and demonstrating strong community support.

In the true giving spirit of the holidays and family spirit of mother company INDEVCO Group, MASTERPAK's team joined hands to help children in need.

MASTERPAK team helps families in need

MASTEPAK family cares for children

MASTERPAK demonstrates happy family spirit

MASTERPAK further aims at inspiring others to give back during the festive holidays.

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

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Private Launches ‘Passionate by Nature’ Campaign

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Private by Sanita, a leading brand of feminine hygiene products in the Middle East, is launching ‘Passionate by Nature’ campaign.

Private ‘Passionate by Nature’ campaign is a tribute to the true essence of women. The concept of “Passionate by Nature” is derived from the fact that the essence of a women is a perfect combination of unconditional love, will, eagerness to live the moment, and determination to fulfill one's aspirations.

Private’s ‘Passionate by Nature’ campaign combines TV commercials, radio ads, social media and online communication.

‘Passionate by Nature’ TV Campaign

Private truly believes that women are “Passionate by Nature”. Private is meant to be the reflection of their true essence and all women should see their passionate side and image within this new communication umbrella.

The TV commercial previews four sides of women's passions:

Private Will
A woman’s will to succeed.

Private Moments: A woman’s ability to fill the life of her loved one's with touching moments.

Private Love: A woman’s unconditional love.

Private Fulfillment: A woman’s determination to fulfill her goals.

Private 'Passionate by Nature' Online Contest

An online contest will be launched from 5 - 31 January 2010. Stay tuned for more details to be announced soon.

Private Maxi Pocket TVC

Parallel to the ‘Passionate by Nature’ TV ad, Private will also air its Private Maxi Pocket commercial.

The campaign highlights the main features of the new Private Maxi Pocket product: compressed, super absorbent, individually wrapped folded feminine sanitary napkin with a triple security zone and natural cotton feel.

Both TV campaigns will appear on major Middle Eastern Television stations.

Sanita is a leading consumer hygiene disposables manufacturer in Lebanon.

For More Information

Private Team
Sanita sal
Halat, Jbeil, Lebanon
PO Box 11-2354 Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477-478(Lebanon)
+961-9-209-000 (Outside Lebanon)
Fax: +961-9-477-476 (Lebanon)
+961-9-209-006 (Outside Lebanon)


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing You Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Unipak Sponsors & Attends MEFOSA Packaging Workshop

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Unipak attended a 2-day packaging workshop, ‘Safety and Legislative Aspects of Food Contact Materials’ by Middle East Food Safety Associates (MEFOSA).

The 2-day event took place on 16 and 17 December 2010 at LibanPack – packaging and development offices in Sin el Fil, Lebanon. The workshop covered current market access issues addressing technical barriers to trade (TBT) and packaging concerns.

Unipak in Halat, Lebanon, attended and sponsored the 2-day workshop. The corrugated packaging manufacturer caters to the processed food, beverage, catering, dairy, and agricultural markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

MEFOSA helps companies meet government regulations and international standards to ensure food safety. The consulting, auditing and training body assists companies in verifying that procedures and practices ensure safe products and good quality. [1]

Nazha el Habr, Unipak Management System Representative, and Elie Fakhry, INDEVCO Paper Containers Environmental Specialist, represented Unipak at the event.

MEFOSA ‘Safety & Legislative Aspects of Food Contact Materials’
Workshop Presenters & Attendees

The workshop discussed the latest safety and legislative issues and news, aiming to facilitate compliance to food contact material, legislation and restrictions, as well as increase market access and export. [2]

By understanding food contact material requirements and standards, workshop attendees from the food industry can seize export opportunities by ensuring compliance to set international standards for product quality.

Unipak’s holding company,
INDEVCO Group co-sponsored the event, in addition to the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), LibanPack, and Gemayel Frères.

Unipak manufactures corrugated board, corrugated containers, carton packaging, high-graphics shelf-ready packaging, promotional point-of-purchase (POP) displays and counter stands.

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


For More Information

Nazha El Habr, Management Systems Representative
Unipak sal
Halat Industrial Complex
Halat, Lebanon

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

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INDEVCO Headquarters Closed For Holidays

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During the holidays, INDEVCO sal offices in Ajaltoun, Lebanon will be closed on the following days for Christmas and New Year:

  • Thursday, 23 December 2010 will be a half day
  • Friday, 24 December 2010
  • Monday, 27 December 2010
  • Thursday, 30 December 2010
  • Friday, 31 December 2010

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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Monday, December 20, 2010

National Paper Products Company Receives ISO Certification

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On 15 December 2010, National Paper Products Company received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its management system.

National Paper Products Company, Dammam-based paper packaging manufacturer in Saudi Arabia, underwent a rigorous evaluation process, covering quality management system development, management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment, and clearance of non-conformances.

The evaluation process ended with a comprehensive 4-day certification audit by Lloyd’s Register EMEA certification body. Lloyd's Register EMEA, based in London, UK, is accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service Body (UKAS) and provides a full range of services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

After correction and closure of all non conformances, National Paper Products Company’s management system satisfied all ISO 9001:2008 certificate scrupulous requirements.

Raja Bahsa, National Paper Products Company Operational Manager, states,

“Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification is a huge stamp of quality for National Paper Products Company, one that the whole team and Center of Technical Excellence worked very hard to achieve.

Our customers can trust that we have become an industry leader, implementing positive changes to our manufacturing practices in full compliance to their requirements.

Our staff is proud of achieving this important certification and committed to continuously demonstrating excellence.”

National Paper Products Company manufactures paper bags and sacks, multi-wall sacks, paper cores and paper sheets. It serves the retail industry, paper and plastic converting industries, fast food franchises, and meat producers in the Arabian Gulf, Middle East and Africa.

National Paper Products Company is a Napco company and a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO, the ‘Local Multinational of the Middle East’.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Napco Modern – Sack Division Produces Stretch Hood Film

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Napco Modern Plastic Products Company – Sack Division has developed stretch hood film, in line with its continuous efforts to adapt to international market trends in the flexible packaging industry.

The polyethylene film and bag manufacturer, based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, now produces PE stretch hood film, a flexible packaging film that protects products during shipping and storage.

More flexible than other industrial films, stretch hood looks set to replace traditional shrink hood film. Napco Modern team worked extensively on this product launch, from identifying market needs to technical aspects.

Stretch Hood Film versus Shrink Hood Film
Stretch hood film provides various advantages over conventional shrink hood film. In terms of cost, stretch hood film, which uses simple palletizing equipment, consumes less material and less energy, as it requires no need for heating.

Without heat, as well, the film is safer to operate than shrink hood. Finally, stretch hood requires less maintenance at the customer end.

Characteristics of Stretch Hood Film
Napco Modern Sack Division’s stretch hood film has the following characteristics:

  • Higher wrapping quality, stretching at high capacity without film mechanical failures
  • Improved pallet stability with outstanding holding force
  • Excellent elastic recovery for different pallet shapes
  • Clear film for product outlook, quality control checks and bar code scanning

Request quote for Stretch Hood Film at

Napco Modern Plastics Products Company - Sack Division is a Napco company a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO Group, the ‘Local Multinational of the Middle East’.

Contact Information
Jamal El Hage, Sales & Marketing Manager
Napco Modern Plastic Products Co.
Dammam 31411
Dammam 1st Industrial Area - Saudi Arabia

Tel.: + 966 3 8473040
Fax: + 966 3 8471484
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Interstate Paper Industries' DeInking Plant Another Step In Sustainable Manufacturing

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Interstate Paper Industries has begun producing jumbo tissue rolls from recycled fibers in its recently completed deinking plant in Sadat City, Egypt.

In line with Interstate Paper Industries sustainability efforts, the Egyptian manufacturer of jumbo tissue rolls began production in the new deinking plant in December 2010. The plant facilitates recycling efforts and cuts down waste.

Recycled pulp, also called deinked pulp, is used as raw material in paper making. During deinking, recycled paper is processed by chemicals that remove printing inks and other unwanted elements and free paper fibers, resulting in deinked pulp.

Many newsprint, toilet paper and facial tissue grades commonly contain 100% deinked pulp. Furthermore, deinked pulp makes up a substantial proportion of the furnish of many other grades, such as writing papers for office and home use or lightweight coated papers for offset and printing.

Emile Boustany, General Manager of Interstate Paper Industries, states,

"By using deinked pulp, Interstate Paper Industries will be adding a considerable range of new products to its production portfolio, thus serving new customers and markets."
Interstate Paper Industries works with the Egyptian community by purchasing and recycling waste paper from the local market in Cairo and Upper Egypt. In 2011, the tissue mill projects it will purchase 24,000 tons of waste.

Interstate Paper Industries manufactures virgin and recycled jumbo tissue rolls for tissue converters of away-from-home tissue (AFH), household tissue, and personal care hygiene disposables in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As a leading 'green' tissue mill in the Middle East and North Africa, Interstate Paper Industries takes many environmentally friendly initiatives, such as using fossil-fuel efficient equipment to minimize harmful emissions and consuming less water and power. The jumbo tissue roll manufacturer recycles plant waste water and solid waste.

Interstate Paper Industries is a member of INDEVCO Paper Making, a division of INDEVCO Group, the ‘Local Multinational of the Middle East’.

Contact Information
Interstate Paper Industries
Private Free Zone
P.O. Box 165
Sadat City, Menoufia, Egypt

Telephone: +20-4-8261 3080
Fax: +20-4-8261 3076
E -mail:

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge Honored at 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards

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Interstate Container Cambridge received Global Green’s 1st CoRR Pioneer Award for GREENCOAT® on 6 December 2010.

Interstate Container Cambridge, Maryland-based corrugated manufacturer, received the Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) 1st Pioneer Award for its environmentally-friendly wax alternative GREENCOAT® corrugated boxes for poultry packaging. GREENCOAT® wax-free coating can also be used in meat and seafood packaging.

Receiving the award were Jim Morgan, Interstate Resources CEO; Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager; Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Cambridge National Sales & Marketing Manager; and Scott Caldwell, Interstate Container Cambridge Business Development Manager.

Watch Interstate Container Cambridge Design Award
Interview Video with Global Green

Interstate Container Cambridge’s GREENCOAT® coating uses alternative recyclable resources, instead of wax, cutting down immensely the amount of unrecyclable packaging ending up in landfills. Waxed corrugated packaging cannot be recycled.

Global Green USA’s 2010
Sustainable Design Awards ceremony took place at Chelsea Piers, New York City and was hosted by Sam Champion of Good Morning America. [1]

The award ceremony recognizes and celebrates the achievements of individuals and companies in media, building, industry, and public policy paving the way for positive changes. Furthermore, the event serves as a channel to increase awareness and funds in support of Global Green USA initiatives.

Global Green USA is an American non-profit organization branching from Green Cross International. The organization’s goal is to foster improvement in the global climate and make positive changes by promoting households, schools, and cities to take green energy-efficient initiatives.[2]

Interstate Container Cambridge, is a member of Interstate Resources Container Division a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

To request information about GREENCOAT® wax alternative boxes, contact:


Contact Information

Interstate Container Cambridge
903 Woods Road Cambridge, MD 21613 903

Tel: 410-221-7777
Fax: 410-221-7766
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Phoenix Machinery’s December 2010 Issue of Phoenixia Newsletter Now Available

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Download the December 2010 Phoenixia newsletter, featuring articles about Phoenix Machinery’s recent developments and latest events.

Phoenix Machinery, in Safra, Lebanon, manufactures machinery and new equipment, as well as refurbishes and performs control upgrades for high precision CNC parts, in addition to paper, plastic, tissue, and hygiene machinery.

The fourth issue of Phoenix Machinery’s 2010 quarterly e-newsletter consists of the latest articles relevant to new developments, signed contracts, customer testimonials, and events.

Phoenixia December 2010 features the following articles:

General Manager Perspective
SIEMENS Solution Partner

Automation & Drive Division
Phoenix Machinery Becomes SIEMENS Solution Partner

Hygiene Division
Adult Diaper Machine Produces 50,000 Diapers/Shift

Phoenix Energy
Customers Satisfied with Solior Solar Water Heater

Phoenix Energy Co-Sponsors Environment Conference in Lebanon
Phoenix Energy Attends Beirut Energy Forum
Mechatronic Curriculum Launching for Technical Schools
Sawma Presents at PowerCon 2010 in China

For More Information

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

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

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: Box-In-Box Creates Lean, Green Supply Chain

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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:


Interstate Container Reading was challenged by their customer, MeadWestvaco, a global leader in consumer packaged goods (CPG).

As one of the leading school and office suppliers, they needed to solve the problem of reducing corrugated packaging waste and costs while increasing the product placement visibility for their global retailer.


Rising to the challenge, Interstate Container Reading’s creative design team utilized their innovative machinery, a Pacific 3.0 folder gluer with a Polyjoiner module, to develop and design a unique corrugated Box-In-Box system.

The module makes possible a number of novel design options, including a display tray on the inside with the outer box already attached to the outside. The resulting high impact, retail friendly point of purchase (POP) display exceeds both their customer and retailer expectations.

This streamlined solution eliminates the need, steps and resources to go to co-packers, fulfillment centers or even packing off-line at the customer’s facility. By eliminating these time consuming and costly steps, the consolidated supply chain improves efficiencies, reduces the environmental impact of their overall carbon footprint and positively affects the bottom line for MeadWestvaco and their retailers.

Not only does Interstate Container Reading’s retail ready packaging Box-In-Box get your product to market cheaper and looks better when it gets there, too.

The Box-In-Box concept has been so well received, the retailer is investigating its viability for all their suppliers with similar products.

By meeting unique customer challenges with singular, effective solutions, Interstate Container Reading's creative design team and customer service personnel lead the way.


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

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Monday, December 6, 2010

INDEVCO CEO Presents at 10th Annual LIRA Program Conference

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Neemat Frem presented at the Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements Program (LIRA 2010) conference and exhibition.

LIRA Program 2010 conference brought together industry specialists and officials from 1 - 3 December 2010 at the Dbayeh Convention Center in Dbayeh, Lebanon. The event took place under the patronage of Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, while Lebanese Minister of Industry, Abraham Dedeyan, inaugurated the event.

LIRA Program seeks to develop effective links and cooperation among research centers, academic bodies, and industry players to boost growth by meeting crucial research and development needs, increasing productivity, and improving competitiveness.[1]

INDEVCO Group awarded for its accomplishments at LIRA 2010

Neemat Frem, INDEVCO President & CEO and President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), gave a visual presentation during the opening session.

The presentation discussed the imperative for innovation to spur higher productivity and growth in GDP and to avoid obsoleteness in a world of ever-changing technology. Globalization is facilitating innovation and industrial research.

Lebanese Competitiveness

Frem shed light on Lebanon’s low competitiveness ranking. Although the country has had breakthroughs in health care and education, industry research continues to lag due to public institutions and infrastructure.

Lebanon, however, has maintained a healthy growth ratio (8.7% in 2009) despite the world economic crisis. Frem explained the importance of maintaining this growth and raising this ratio to cover national debt.

Frem’s recommended action plan would stimulate industrial research covering public sector, universities, banking, industrialists and financial institutions and called for a research law.

A vital link between industry and universities is necessary, as well as the need for tax incentives and banks to provide supportive funds.

Furthermore, he requested to rely on the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), Industrial Research Institute, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists and universities to stimulate and develop research programs.

LIRA Program 2010 was organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Industry and National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS).


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