Friday, February 26, 2010

INDEVCO Plants to Supply Corrugated Trays to Leading Tunisian Grower

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Société de Development et Exploitation Agricole (SODEA) has signed a three-year contract with INDEVCO Paper Containers plants for a
tray pack machine and supply of corrugated trays for fresh fruit and vegetables.

SODEA is a leading grower and exporter of fruit and vegetables established in Khelidia, Tunisia since 1972. Sodea exports to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, France and Canada.

The Tunisian grower produces a wide range of fruits: apricots, apples, bananas, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruits, lemons, mandarins, mandarins, melons, nectarins, oranges, peaches, pears, picky pears, plums, pomegrates, strawberries, watermelons. It
also produces vegetables, such as artichokes, beans, beets, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, cucumbers, eggplants, fennels, garlic, green beans, green cabbages, green onions, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raddishes, spinach, summer squashes, tomatoes and turnip roots.

INDEVCO corrugated trays are produced according to CF1 (600 * 400 mm) and CF2 (400*300 mm) foot print with interlocking systems to allow a mix of CF1 and CF2 on one pallet. They maintain perfect stacking and can be treated for increased humidity resistance in coolers and pre-coolers during storage and shipping.

These corrugated trays are available in standard and high resolution printing for retail purposes and can be either manually or automatically formed.

INDEVCO Paper Containers sister companies, Unipak, Unipak Nile, and Easternpak, met with SODEA at Fruit Logistica 2010 in Berlin.

Interested parties can also view and request quotes for the range of
corrugated agricultural packaging products produced at INDEVCO Paper Containers affiliates.


For More Information

Edgard Bou Kheir, Marketing Coordinator
Center for Technical Excellence
INDEVCO Paper Containers
Halat industrial complex
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900
Fax: +961-9-478 915
E-mail:
papercontainers[at]indevcogroup.com
Web:
www.indevcopapercontainers.com


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INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Plants Install Flexographic Printing Machines

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If you're looking for high-quality printed PE, PP and PA films, INDEVCO Flexible Packaging plants have invested in advanced printing machines.



INDEVCO Flexible Packaging companies, MASTERPAK and Napco Modern Plastic Products Company - Technical Division recently installed new 8-color flexographic printing presses in order to meet the growing demand for PE films.




These machines allow for high-quality and identical printing throughout every order. They also reproduce the most intricate design work involving fine lines and screen in perfect register.


In addition, t
his investment will allow the plastic film manufacturer to speed response to customers, increase production flexibility and ensure superior quality print.


The machines feature web width of 1470 mm. The machines print on PE, PP and PA films with accurate registration at high output speeds.



MASTERPAK and Napco Modern Plastic Products - Technical Division are members of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of the multinational INDEVCO Group.


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Friday, February 19, 2010

Napco Gives Away Diamond Necklaces to 'Fam 25 Years' National Contest Winners

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Napco announces the 25 diamond necklace winners for 'Fam 25 Years' national contest. The contest, which celebrated Fam's 25th anniversary, ran from 15 October 2009 through 15 December 2009. Fam is a leading feminine napkin brand in the Arabian Gulf.

Fam will congratulate winners from 20 February - 11 March 2010 in a TV commercial broadcasted on
MBC 1 and MBC 4.

Women can still participate through 15 April 2010 in the 'Scratch and W
in' contest to win 35% discount and 250 SR from Damas Jewellery.


Watch the TV commercial announcing winners of "Fam 25 Years" diamond necklaces


video


Napco is a leading consumer disposables manufacturer in Saudi Arabia.

Fam sanitary towels are manufactured in National Paper Company Ltd. (Jeddah), Napco Consumer Products Company (Dammam), Napco Riyadh Paper Products Company Ltd. (Riyadh) in Saudi Arabia.


Napco Consumer Marketing Department

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
E-mail:
info[at]fam-napco.com
Web: www.fam-napco.com

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MASTERPAK Re-Launches Dry Food Inner Liners

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Dry food manufacturers seek packaging that preserves their product crispness and extends their product shelf life.


MASTERPAK, producer of PE film in Zouk, Lebanon is re-introducing cereal liners for manufacturers of cereals and dry dessert mixes. Manufacturers can use these plastic bags to pack cereals, such as cake, cookie, dry wheat, pancake and biscuit
mixes, pudding mix and dry condiments.

MASTERPAK's inner liners are 3 layer HDPE co-extruded transparent blown films with a peelable sealant layer. The layer allows for easy opening with low heat seal initiation temperature combined to excellent tack properties.

The inner liners can be efficiently used on high-speed Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) and side-seal machines to meet manufacturers’ specific requirements.

Cereal Liner Mechanical Properties

This cereal packaging features stiffness for easy cutting on converters blades, as well as puncture resistance and strength to withstand the distribution chain.

Cereal Liner Moisture Barrier Properties

The plastic bags protect from moisture reabsorption and keep cereals crispy. With a strong air-tight seal, inner liners keep food odor inside the bag and, thus, free from critters. These bags are used for low barrier applications.


Safety Properties with Food Contact

These cereal bags are made from 100% virgin materials without any regenerated materials or antioxidants BHT in the blend. They are produced from materials that meet the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA) requirements for direct food contact under registered code federal regulations.

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
MASTERPAK sal
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

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




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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tissue Converters - Need to Upgrade Your Rewinder Lines?

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If your manufacturing plant converts tissue products, complete or phased upgrades of your rewinder lines can maximize efficiency and reduce downtime.


The Tissue & Paper Division of Phoenix Machinery is working with tissue converters across the Middle East to upgrade rewinder line controls, in order to produce quality toilet tissue rolls and kitchen handtowel rolls.

Upgrades transform mechanically driven production lines to electrically and servo driven production lines.

Refurbishing and control upgrades not only enhance machine performance and facilitate operations and diagnostics. They also reduce time-on-the-job and minimize maintenance costs.

Control upgrades allow tissue converters to:

    • Save time related to job change, since the upgrade is performed with simple parameters on the Human Machine Interface (HMI)

    • Avoid product waste, given immediate actions governed by sensors and programmed cycles


    • Reduce mechanical part damage, given that emergency sections prevent continuous run-of-the-line when an error occurs


    • Reduce machine downtime, given comprehensive diagnostic alarms and errors monitored by indications on the HMI

Phoenix Machinery uses SIEMENS automation solution for the control upgrade of the tissue rewinder line. This solution is a sophisticated control with an S7-300 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The PLC allows programming of any type product using an operator-friendly HMI.


Tissue rewinders, then, operate non-stop, serviced by a smaller number of operators.


For More Information

Andre G. Abi Awad,
Senior Sales Engineer

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

Tel: +961-9-855 690
Fax: +961-9-855 696
E-mail:
andre.abiawad[at]phoenixlb.com



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Monday, February 15, 2010

Sanita Announces 'Win A Super Feminine Laptop' Final Winners

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Sanita of Halat, Lebanon announces final winners of the Private brand contest 'Win a Super Feminine Laptop'. The last draw took place on 10 February 2010. The contest ran from 1 December 2009 and gave away 200 Dell mini laptops.


Sanita congratulates 'Win a Super Feminine Laptop' contest final winners and thanks all participants.

Final Draw: Winning vouchers’ numbers:



Private®, Freshdays® and Miss Teen® are leading feminine hygiene brands in the Middle East.

For More Information

Sanita Marketing Department
Halat, Lebanon
PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9- 477-478
E-mail:
info[at]private-sanita.com

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MASTERPAK Recommends Techniques for Agricultural Film Installation & Protection

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Growers can benefit from MASTERPAK's usage techniques to install and protect their greenhouse film.

MASTERPAK, manufacturer of agricultural and horticultural films in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, shares instructions with growers on how to set up and protect their greenhouse covers, in order to safeguard their agricultural products and greenhouses. These techniques cover the three PE film installation phases:

  • Pre-Installation: Preparing for the film laying
  • During Installation: Laying the film
  • Post-Installation: Protecting the film

Pre-Installation Phase: Preparing for the Laying
  • Prepare the structure by removing any sharp object that could damage the film during installation or use. The metal greenhouse frame should be galvanized class “C”, exempt from corrosion. Wooden greenhouse frame must be planed and sandpapered.
  • Paint metal greenhouse frames in touch with the film with white water-based paint. Be certain that all painted surfaces are thoroughly dry before installing the coverings. In case clips are used, they must be rust-proof and painted.

  • Avoid overheating and rust damage, use white plastified or plastic wires. In both cases, the plastic used should not be PVC based.

  • Metallic structure should be designed according to “AFNOR NF EN 13031-1”.

During Installation Phase: Laying the Film

  • The plastic film should be laid during soft weather (15˚C to 25˚C), preferably mornings or afternoons.

  • The film should be stretched enough to avoid any untimely movement against the structures. Avoid over stretching.
  • The film should be dug in at 25 cm from the greenhouse frame.
  • When cross cladding, film overlapping must be in the opposite way of the dominant wind direction.

  • Install the film the right way up for the anti-fog film. Refer to the mark on the film.

Post-Installation Phase: Protecting the Film

  • Avoid rust during all the film usage period.
  • Avoid direct vaporization on the PE film of any organic solvent, herbicide, pesticide, fungicide or fumigant.
  • Chemical residues in film should not exceed the below:


  • The tunnel must always be ventilated to prevent the film from overheating.
  • The film should be regularly re-tightened in order to avoid fluttering and water bags.
  • When stored, the film should be kept in its original packaging in a room at a moderate temperature away from direct sunlight, humidity and chemicals.

In addition to greenhouse covers, MASTERPAK produces a wide range of agricultural and horticultural films, such as:
ground cover film, hale bale plastic, hydroponic gully film, low tunnel film, mulch film, protective bags for banana cultivation, silage film, soil disinfection film and water membrane.

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


For More Information

Râny Sfeir, Agriculture Engineer
MASTERPAK sal
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3624
Fax: +961-9-209 002
E-mail:
rany.sfeir[at]masterpaklb.com
Web:
www.masterpaklb.com
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Unipak Accomplishes HACCP Certification Audit

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Unipak has successfully accomplished its first Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point HACCP surveillance with zero non-conformities conducted by TUV Nord. The corrugated packaging manufacturer has initially completed HACCP certification in March 2009 with full conformity.

Unipak's corrugated packaging may come into direct or indirect contact with agriculture, food or pharmaceutical products.


Unipak is committed to supply high-quality corrugated carton containers, packaging and promotional POS displays for the agricultural, beverage, catering, chemical and petrochemical, dairy, hygiene disposables, industrial, pharmaceutical, processed food and soap and detergent sectors in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.




Unipak, Lebanese manufacturer of corrugated packaging in Halat, Lebanon, is a member of
INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of the "Local multinational of the Middle East" INDEVCO Group.


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

E-mail: Nazha.ELHabr@unipaklb.com
Web: www.indevcopapercontainers.com

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

INDEVCO CEO Featured in Caritas Newsletter

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Source: Caritas Newsletter, February 2010
Posted by: Soraya Naufal


Caritas Newsletter featured INDEVCO Group President & CEO in its February 2010 issue. During the interview, Neemat G. Frem emphasized the importance of hard work and volunteering. In addition, Frem focused on the Frem's family mission to create jobs and support education.

Frem also stated that Caritas Liban is bringing in added value to the Lebanese community and church.


Caritas Newsletter is a monthly newsletter from Caritas Lebanon. Caritas Lebanon is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a worldwide confederation which figures among the world’s largest humanitarian networks, counting 162 Catholic organizations working in 200 different countries and territories.

Read the full interview in French below.


Neemat Frem: Quand le parcours devient un générateur d'énergie.

M. Neemat Frem est le Président Directeur Général du groupe INDEVCO, une entreprise internationale polyvalente, fondée au début des années 50 par son père, M. Georges Frem. Travail et action sociale sont deux valeurs fondamentales qui lui ont été transmises par sa famille.

Vous avez grandi dans une famille orientée vers la disponibilité, la générosité et la solidarité envers l'autre. Pouvez-vous nous raconter un peu votre enfance? De quelle manière, dans leur éducation, vos parents vous on transmis ces valeurs?

Grâce a Dieu j'ai eu une enfance heureuse, entre mon père, ma mère et mes frères et soeurs. Je suis l'aîné de 5 enfants, mais il y a une grande différence d'âge avec le plus jeune. Et puis, j'ai vécu avec ma grand-mère, ce qui a été une expérience exceptionnelle; de cette façon, j'ai eu l'occasion de très bien connaître mes oncles et mes tantes. Cette proximité m'a beaucoup enrichi car j'ai pu être très proche d'une quinzaine de personnes différentes en même temps, d'avoir une relation très intime avec elles. Ça m'a permis de percevoir très jeune, la diversité de la nature humaine. Ce qui est une chose rare...

Quant aux valeurs familiales... En premier lieu, le travail est très important pour nous, il représente un réservoir d'énergie pour la vie! J'ai été motivé au travail créatif, gratuit et personnel surtout au contact de ma grand-mère. J'aimerai accomplir beaucoup plus dans ce domaine; donner de soi-même est tout à fait différent que de donner de ce que l'on possède. Aujourd'hui, le travail se fait par procuration, on paie quelqu'un pour qu'il le fasse à notre place.

Y avait-il un parallèle entre l'atmosphère familiale et celle qui régnait à l'école?

Oui, je pense que j'ai trouvé dans les deux établissements que j'ai fréquentés, le collège des Soeurs des Saints-Coeurs de Jounieh puis le collège Saint-Joseph d'Aintoura, une continuité des valeurs de notre famille et surtout, une atmosphère catholique. Avec mes nombreux amis et mes cousins, nous avons vécu beaucoup de moments ensemble. On peut dire que je suis un pur produit de Jounieh.

La carrière pour laquelle vous avez optée, c'est à dire prendre la reliève de votre père, M. Georges Frem, était-elle votre décision propre ou bien a-t-elle été imposée?

Les deux en même temps. C'est une entreprise familiale certes, mais professionnelle. étant très proche de mon père et en tant qu'aîné, je m'y étais préparé depuis toujours. J'ai appris à aimer ce que je devais faire; hobby et devoir (ou travail et plaisir) sont confus pour moi! Je donne au travail et réciproquement. c'est le secret de la réussite! Souvent, les gens ont un plan pour leur avenir différent de ce qui est attendu d'eux. Ils décident de faire autre chose de ce qu'ils devraient faire et cela se répercute négativement sur les résultats. Il faut, au contraire,essayer d'unifier ses ambitions et sa mission pour réussir!...


On a tendance à croire qu'en entreprenant de grandes initiatives, qu'il n'y a de joie qu'en atteignant le but. Moi je crois que c'est différent. La vraie joie se trouve dans le parcours; c'est le chemin qui devient le trophée. La joie ressentie à l'arrivée est éphémère à côté du bonheur ressenti en chemin. Ainsi, le parcours devient un générateur d'énergie, si l'on y puise son bonheur on crée un système autosuffisant.

Vous avez hérité, sur la plan moral, des valeurs familiales et sur le plan pratique, la gestion et la gérance d'une structure industrielle (Groupe INDEVCO) à dimension internationale, puisqu'elle est implementée dans plusieurs pays, dont les USA et l'Arabie Saoudite. Comment avez-vous pu concilier deux pôles des valeurs aussi opposés, la charité chrétienne et l'argent?

Je crois qu'ils ne sont pas opposés du tout! On est responsable de l'argent, on ne le possède pas. Je me considère comme gérant d'un patrimoine, qui doit faire fructifier ses biens et ne pas en disposer à des fins personelles.


Quand on est missionnaire de principe, il faut constamment garder en tête sa mission: axer ses yeux, sa tête et son coeur vers une seule direction. L'argent, le pouvoir, ce ne sont que des instruments que nous devons uniquement utiliser comme tels et non se les fixer comme objectif. Malheuresement, il existe des moments dans la vie où l'on confond les deux: l'instrument devient l'objectif et inversement. C'est là l'une des grandes erreurs des hommes qui créent: ils se laissent prendre au jeu et se perdent. Il est important de remettre les pendules à l'heure, tous les quelques temps.

Il faut avoir des idées précises et réalisables de sa mission et se la rappeler toujours. Je crois que ma mission première et celle de ma famille, est de créer des emplois. La deuxième est de vivre notre foi par des actions concrètes. Mon père nous a transmis un certain idéalisme, mais pratique. Par conséquent, nous vivons une vie normale, en famille, cependant, nous veillons à maintenir un côté spirituel, des objectifs supra-matériels. Nous faisons travailler l'argent. Il faut que l'exercice soit générateur de profits pour que de nouveaux projets naissent, se développent et perdurent tout le temps.

Comment procédez-vous pour transmettre a votre entourage votre désir d'aider et lui donner l'envie de rejoindre votre action sociale?

En créeant des initiatives et en m'entourant de personnes qui veulent aider; les gens ont besoin de donner et attendent que les opportunités se présentent à eux. Une fois que l'idée est lancée, nombreux sont ceux qui suivent. Il ne faut pas avoir honte de ce auquel on croit mais au contraire, le vivre et en temoigner, surtout si le message est clair et vertueux! Les gens seront "contaminés", c'est contagieux...

Dans ses objectifs et ses réalisations, le groupe INDEVCO place en premier plan le bien-être de la communaute, convaicu qu'il est lié a celui de votre société. Comment est mis ce principe en pratique?

Nous sommes très proches de nos employés avec qui nous formons une grande famille. Partant de ce principe, l'être humain devient l'objectif primaire et l'assistance humanitaire va de soi. Nous établissons une relation personnalisée entre chaque personne, et l'une de nos priorités est de pourvoir à chacune d'elle la possibilité de se réaliser (self actualization), de se découvrir et connaître ses capacités car peu de gens sont conscients de leurs possibilités réelles. Nous travaillons a leur épanouissement et leur connaissance dans le groupe.

Vous avez adopté une approche avant-gardiste dans l'action caritative (travail, encadrement, soutien...). A votre avis, pour quel axe doit-on opter dans l'action humanitaire (à l'exception des personnes vulnérables): distribuer une aide matérielles et financière ou trouver des formules de développement des groupes defavorisés (projets individuels et collectifs)?

Dans le cas du Liban, il est important de travailler les deux axes bien qu'a long terme, il soit nécessaire de créer un mécanisme qui permette de développer les énergies et les capacités individuelles, et qui serait beaucoup plus rentable. Mais certaines personnes ont des besoins immédiats à assurer, et notre long terme correspond à leur court terme.

Nous pensons aussi qu'en parallèle de la création d'emplois, nous devons miser sur l'éducation, point qui fait la différence entre une société développée et une autre qui ne l'est pas. Avec tout mon respect pour tous les métiers, il y a un emploi(cueillir des pommes) et emploi (participer a un développement informatique). C'est pour cette raison que nous oeuvrons beaucoup dans cette direction; avec l'association (Amis des Etablissements Scolaires Officiels du Kesrwan - Ftouh), dont je suis le Président, nous travaillons sur le développement de l'enseignement public ainsi que sur les moyens de combler le vide existant et répondre aux besoins.

Nous cherchons également à faciliter le transport des étudiants des universités pour qu'ils ne soient pas obligés de quitter leurs villages pour entreprendre des études supérieures. Il est très important d'aider les jeunes à se développer tout en les maintenant dans leurs lieux d'origine.

La troisième étape est la réduction de la migartion interne des villages vers les grandes villes. Par exemple, déjà avant la guerre, INDEVCO avait construit sa première grande usine au Liban à Halat, quand cette région n'était encore qu'un village. Il faut aider les gens à rester dans leur village sans qu'ils soient obligés de sacrifier leur développement personnel ou professionnel. Ces trois axes sont le fondement d'une politique sociale qui est garante d'une paix civile solide, créative et progressiste.

Dans un pays ou les taux de chômage et d'émigartion sont particulierement éleves, que proposez-vous aux employeurs et employés Libanais pour endiguer ce phénomène?

Tout d'abord, le Liban n'a pas un taux de chômage élevé (peut-être en raison de l'émigration...!!!). L'équilibre est acceptable!

Par contre, certaines personnes ne veulent pas travailler mais ça, c'est un autre problème! La valeur du travail est très importante. Une société doit être productive. L'homme doit gagner sa vie à la sueur de son front et ne pas accepter de l'argent sans tarvail en contrepartie. Il faut faire de ce point un problème moral et conscientiser les gens sur ce fait.

Les dernières années, nous avons observé plusieurs phénomènes intéressants au Liban dont une stabilité économique remarquable. L'industrie Libanaise a su manœvrer pour tenir la route, contre vents et marées. En cinq ans, l'exportation de notre industrie a doublé, malgré un handicap structurel très grand, celui de l'énergie (électricité, pétrole), et d'autant plus inacceptable que le Liban est entouré de pays producteurs et très compétitifs (Syrie, Jordanie, Egypte, Arabie Saoudite...). Nous sommes un peu comme l'Italie dont l'industrie est en train de disparaître parce qu'elle est entourée par l'Allemagne et la France, des pays très compétitifs en énergie notamment la nucleaire, interdite en Italie depuis de nombreuses années par les Verts.

Une fois ces problèmes résolus, nous pourrons créer de nombreux emplois et l'industrie Libanaise fera un bond exceptionnel! Le potentiel est là! Il faut cibler notre action et travailler simultanément sur deux alternatives. Dans le temps, il fallait choisir: précision et vitesse, agilité ou force. Aujourd'hui, il faut être performant dans tous les domaines à la fois. Dans le cas de l'industrie Libanaise, le spectre à couvrir est très large, à nous de choisir les points "mous" dans lesquels nous pourrons pénétrer facilement: l'industrie habituelle mais aussi l'integration de systèmes électroniques, la technologie, l'architecture. Dans l'agriculture, nous pouvons developper le secteur des fleurs, des plantes médicinales...

Il existe de nombreuses recettes pour une renaissance. Nous devons cependant créer des indicateurs (Key Performance Indicators) pour mesurer les données. Le feedback sera très important.

Que pensez-vous du principe du bénévolat?

Le bénévolat est une chose très importante car il y va de la gratuite de l'action. donner de soi est une chose, mais on a besoin de savoir-faire pour garantir la réussite de l'action. Il doit aussi y avoir des employés. La combinaison gratuité/professionalisme peut mener à de belles réalistaions.

Comment voyez-vous l'action et l'avenir de Caritas Liban?

Je suis très fier du passé glorieux de Caritas, qui s'est toujours tenue efficacement aux côtés de tous, toutes communautés et tendances confondues. Je suis très impressionné par le travail et la motivation de son Président, Père Louis Samaha, et son équipe.

Caritas est en perpetuel renouveau: elle se repositionne en fonction des problèmes du moment et des besoins de la population: la Caritas d'aujourd'hui est différente de la Caritas d'il y a trente ans et l'est certainement de la Caritas de demain. Caritas Liban apporte une très grande valeur ajoutée au patrimoine de l'Eglise.

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Unipak Nile & Sister Companies Exhibited at Fruit Logistica 2010

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Unipak Nile and sister companies, Unipak and Easternpak, participated from 3 - 5 February 2010 in Fruit Logistica 2010 in Berlin Exhibition Grounds.


(L-R): Ahmed Badri, Maroun Khoury, Edgard Bou Kheir



Interested parties can download a brochure and request info and quotes before the show for:

Top & bottom corrugated boxes for fresh produce
Corrugated bulk bins for fresh produce

Corrugated trays for packing and dispensing fresh produce
Corrugated open-top trays for fresh produce
Edge protectors


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


For More Information

Edgard Bou Kheir, Marketing Coordinator
Center for Technical Excellence
INDEVCO Paper Containers
Halat industrial complex
Halat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900
Fax: +961-9-478 915
E-mail:
papercontainers[at]indevcogroup.com
Web: www.indevcopapercontainers.com

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Photoblog - Unipak Nile Completes HACCP Surveillance Audit

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Unipak Nile completed a surveillance audit conducted by TUV Nord.

Unipak Nile has successfully completed its first Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point HACCP surveillance with zero non-conformities.

Unipak Nile HACCP Certification


View below Unipak Nile's Plant Photos



Unipak Nile's corrugated box folding



Unipak Nile's strapping machines


Unipak Nile's corrugated sheets



Unipak Nile's printing machines

The corrugated packaging manufacturer has initially completed HACCP certification in February 2009 with full conformity.

Unipak Nile located in 6th of October City is committed to supplying corrugated packaging that is 100% free from biological, chemical, or physical hazards.



Unipak Nile 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]unipaknile.com

Web:
www.unipaknile.com/


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge Presents at 2010 International Poultry Expo

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Interstate Container Cambridge, along with Global Green USA and Mountaire Farms, announced the complete conversion of the largest poultry plant in the US to recyclable, wax alternative boxes from its Maryland plant.

The press conference, which took place at the 2010 International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Georgia on 27 January 2010, included presentations by:
  • Pete Bugas, National Account Manager, Interstate Container Cambridge (Maryland),manufacturer of the eco-friendly wax-alternative cartons
  • Jim Morgan, President & COO, Interstate Resources, Inc.
  • Larry Saywell, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mountaire Farms
  • Annie White, Director, Coalition for Resource Recovery at Global Green USA

(L-R): Pete Bugas, Annie White & Larrry Saywell

By converting to this newly achieved green packaging standard, Mountaire Farms will reduce carbon dioxide emissions, save water, and improve efficiency. The innovative recyclable boxes should impact future wholesale transfer packaging for not only poultry but also meat, produce and seafood.

During the show, Interstate Container Cambridge also showcased wax alternative poultry packaging.

(L-R): Interstate Resources Team: Mark Buff, Pete Bugas, Jim Krahn, Jeff Cormier, Scott Caldwell, Anne Potterton & Jim Morgan


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 wax alternative poultry packaging at ICCambridge[at]InterstateResources.com


For More Information

Pete Bugas, National Account Manager
Interstate Container Cambridge
903 Woods Road Cambridge, MD 21613 903

Tel: 410-221-7777
Fax: 410-221-7766
E-mail:
Pete.Bugas[at]interstatecontainer.com
Web: http://www.interstateresources.com/

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INDEVCO Paper Containers Affiliates Launch New Corporate Web Sites

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New corporate web sites from INDEVCO Paper Containers facilitate corrugated packaging sourcing.


INDEVCO Paper Containers member companies, Unipak, Unipak Nile and Easternpak, have recently introduced their new corporate web sites. These sites design, featuring a similar structure, emphasizes INDEVCO Paper Containers division's unified communication approach and reinforces corporate identity.





Visitors can search for products they are interested in by industry or by type. They can select their industry to locate corrugated packaging for the agricultural, beverage, processed food, catering, dairy, hygiene disposables, pharmaceutical, industrial, chemical and petrochemical, as well as the soap and detergent sectors.

For example, beverage manufacturers can click on "Beverage Packaging" to find packaging for coffee, juice, soft drinks and water. They then select type of beverage and click through to view packaging specifications and to request a quotation or more information.




Visitors can also view by product type, such as corrugated base wrap, corrugated carry cartons, corrugated promotional boxes, corrugated sheets, corrugated top and bottom cartons, corrugated trays, corrugated wrap around boxes, edge protectors, heavy-duty corrugated bins, industrial heavy-duty packaging, shelf-ready packaging and regular slotted containers.

In addition, they can download sector brochures and printing capabilities.




Unipak (Halat, Lebanon), Unipak Nile (6th of October City, Egypt) and Easternpak (Dammam, Saudi Arabia) are members of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the "Local multinational of the Middle East". The plants export across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

INDEVCO Paper Containers web sites were designed and developed by INDEVCO Online Communications Unit.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Recyclable Poultry Packaging Packs a Powerful Climate Punch

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Source: New Recyclable Poultry Packaging Packs a Powerful Climate Punch: Saves Money & Resources


Global Green USA, Mountaire Farms, and Interstate Container announced completion of the conversion of the largest poultry plant in the US to recyclable, wax-alternative boxes, thereby reducing costs and environmental impact, and assisting its customers in cost-effectively meeting their environmental goals.


At the International Poultry Expo, Global Green USA applauded Mountaire Farms and Interstate Container for their pioneering roles in reducing the environmental impact of wholesale transfer packaging as this innovation has the potential to influence the design of transfer packaging for all types of poultry, meat, produce and seafood delivered to grocers and restaurants throughout the world. Global Green also called on the food packaging industry to convert to this newly achievable green standard.

In March 2009, Interstate and Mountaire Farms announced its plans to conduct trials of recyclable modified atmosphere packaging through Hunt’s Point, the world’s largest food distribution center, as part of Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery’s initiative to achieve 100% recyclable wholesale transfer packaging through the facility. Trials began pallet by pallet through Hunt’s Point’s harsh conditions and progressed to the truck load, and finally a two week test where Mountaire product shipped solely in the Fibre Box Association (FBA)-certified recyclable boxes.


Upon successful completion of the pilot in September 2009, Mountaire announced its plan to not only convert its existing modified atmosphere packaging to recyclable boxes but also to convert its ice packed product to modified atmosphere packaging to allow for a full transition of its entire product line to recyclable boxes. The full conversion of Mountaire’s first facility and the largest poultry plant in the US, located in Lumber Bridge, NC, was completed in January.According to Interstate Container’s National Account Manager, Pete Bugas,

“This is a first truly significant step towards replacing high-performance wax boxes throughout the difficult fresh food distribution channels. These boxes must withstand an extremely wet and challenging environment. Meeting the protocol criteria set forth by the FBA is a crucial step, and satisfying the rigors of the distribution channel in New York City is equally as tough. Ultimately, this fiber can now be recaptured instead of heading to a landfill where wax boxes are discarded. Interstate’s continuous environmental stewardship efforts remain a key part of our corporation’s DNA.”

The switch to FBA-certified recyclable packaging is only one component of the sustainable packaging transition. The switch in packaging methods from ice packed poultry to modified atmosphere packaging will result in significant water and energy savings. The box size was reduced, all wax was eliminated from the box, reducing the use of corrugated and petroleum products. If all of the newly designed boxes were recycled, the greenhouse gas benefit from source reduction and recycling the boxes would be 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition, the switch from ice-packed poultry to modified atmosphere packaging is estimated to save millions of gallons of water annually. Combined these innovations also improve efficiency, streamline operations, and provide a safer work environment.

According to Larry Saywell, Mountaire Farms’ VP of Marketing and Sales, “Mountaire Farms is an agricultural company, and we are heavily dependent upon the earth’s natural resources for the continued success of our business. This project maintains and conserves these natural resources and is consistent with our company’s ‘way of being’. We fully recognize the positive impact of this project’s success on the futures of our people, our farmers, our suppliers, our community and our business.”

It is estimated that 1.5 million tons of un-recyclable wax-coated corrugated boxes are discarded in the U.S. each year. If coated corrugated boxes were designed for recycling and recycled, a greenhouse gas savings of 5 million mtCO2e, equivalent to removing from one million passenger vehicles from the road, would be realized, and U.S. grocers and restaurateurs could save $63M annually in avoided disposal fees."


To be competitive in today's world economy, our goal must be the sustainable use of materials," said Matt Hale, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. "Producing materials that can be recovered and reused at end of life helps us achieve this goal."

According to Annie White, Director of Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, “Converting to transfer packaging certified as recyclable by the Fibre Box Association, is a readily achievable step that industry and businesses can take to improve their environmental performance, enhance their service to customers, and improve their bottom line.

Through dedication and perseverance, Interstate Container and Mountaire developed a cost-effective, high-performing offering that enhances service to its customers. Global Green calls on others in the poultry, meat, produce, and seafood industries, to develop solutions for all food and packaging types, rapidly accelerating their use.”

Global Green USA’s sentiments were echoed in a statement provided by Chris Moyer, manager of the National Restaurant Association's Conserve program,


“The delivery of poultry, seafood, and produce in recyclable boxes helps divert potentially reusable materials from landfills. High performing, cost competitive recyclable boxes also provide another way restaurateurs can improve their bottom
line and meet environmental goals, which is what we advocate through our Conserve initiative. We encourage the use of packaging made of recycled materials and similar innovations that assist restaurants in greening their operations.”


Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery is an industry working dedicated to generating business value through transforming waste into assets. Founded in 1993 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International (GCI), created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment.

Interstate Container Cambridge of Maryland is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., member of INDEVCO Group.


[1] Greenhouse gas savings calculated using EPA’s WARM tool. Saving assumes 100% of the boxes generated are recycled.

[1] According to the U.S. EPA 2007 MSW Facts and Figures, 31 million tons of OCC is discarded each year. The Fibre Box Association estimates that 5% of OCC is wax coated. EPA WARM Tool and Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator were used to calculate potential greenhouse gas savings. National restaurateur and grocers savings are based on a national average tipping fee of $42.08 based on the 2006 data in BioCycle’s State of Garbage report.


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Monday, February 1, 2010

OUTBOUND E-Newsletter Provides More Targeted Content

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Subscribers can receive INDEVCO's latest monthly news by the industry in which they are interested.

As part of INDEVCO Group's 2010 online communications strategy, subscribers can now select the content they wish to receive. Until now, subscribers received e-mail alerts of each article published online.

With the new system, interested readers can select any or all industry topic(s) they wish to receive once per month by e-mail:

  • Corrugated manufacturing news
  • Flexible packaging manufacturing news
  • Consumer disposables news
  • Jumbo tissue manufacturing news

For More Information

INDEVCO Online Communications Unit
Tellet Al Assafir
INDEVCO Building #1, 2nd Floor
Ajaltoun, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-230 130
Fax: +961-9-235 541
E-mail:
ocu@indevcogroup.com


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Unipak Nile & Sister Companies Showcase Agricultural Packaging at Fruit Logistica 2010

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Unipak Nile and sister companies, Unipak and Easternpak, will exhibit their agricultural packaging products at Fruit Logistica 2010 from 3 - 5 February 2010 in Hall 2.1, Stand #C-07, in Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Fruit Logistica is the world's leading trade fair for the fresh produce industry.

Since Unipak Nile introduced machine-erected corrugated trays, growers and packers of fresh fruit and vegetables have increased packing efficiency and minimized waste. These packing trays, with improved strength and reliability, lead to reduced costs.


These corrugated trays are sharp-cut to fit automatic packing production lines and can be pre-printed or flexo printed. Growers and packers of fresh fruit and vegetables use these corrugated trays to pack citrus, grapes, pomegranates, strawberries, peaches, bananas, kiwis, melons, iceberg lettuce, cherries, tomatoes, herbs, as well as other fresh produce.



Furthermore, this machine-erected carton capability allows the corrugated packaging manufacturer to cater to small export orders.




In addition to leveraging on product development, Unipak Nile team focuses on delivering superior customer service to agricultural businesses. Yasser Essam, Chairman & CEO of Nile Valley Trade & Agencies, describes his company's relationship with Unipak Nile,

"We know now why Unipak Nile is expensive compared to other carton manufacturers in Egypt. The standard of support and information is superior to the other companies."


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


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:
sales@unipaknile.com
Web:
http://www.unipaknile.com/
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INDEVCO Paper Containers Plants to Showcase Agricultural Packaging at Fruit Logistica 2010

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Growers and packers can now request for quotes and samples of fresh produce packaging from INDEVCO corrugated manufacturing plants.

Unipak Nile and sister companies, Unipak and Easternpak, will showcase a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetable packaging at Fruit Logistica 2010 in Hall 2.1, Stand #C-07. The event will take place from 3 - 5 February 2010, in Berlin Exhibition Grounds.




Top & Bottom Corrugated Boxes for Fresh Produce

Open-top corrugated trays for packing apples, oranges, citrus, grapes, lettuces & small melons, as well as other fruits & vegetables





Corrugated Trays for Packing & Dispensing Fresh Produce
Stackable corrugated trays with optimized pallet handling for packing & dispensing fresh fruit & vegetables: apples, pears, avocados, grapes, strawberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, lemons, oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes, courgette, lettuce & more


Corrugated Bins for Fresh Produce
Printed corrugated bins for packing heavy fruits & vegtables, such as watermelons, melons, potatoes, oranges, cabbage, lettuce & more








Open-top corrugated trays for packing apples, oranges, citrus, grapes, lettuces & small melons, as well as other fruits & vegetables
Corner protectors for supporting pallets & providing stacking strength









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


For More Information


Edgard Bou Kheir, Marketing Coordinator
Center for Technical Excellence
INDEVCO Paper Containers
Halat industrial complexHalat, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-478 900
Fax: +961-9-478 915
E-mail:
papercontainers@indevcogroup.com
Web: www.indevcopapercontainers.com

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