Napco Wins GPCA PlastCon Award 2013: Innovation in Attaining Technical Excellence in Plastics Manufacturing

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Napco received a special award in the ‘Plastic Conversion Processes’ category at the GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards ceremony gala dinner on 8 April 2013 in the InterContinental Festival City, Dubai.

Napco, one of the largest group of plastic film converters in the Middle East, transforms quality monitoring and internal auditing processes to attain technical excellence and meet international quality standards. At GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards 2013, the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) recognized Napco for developing a new and customized internal auditing process to continuously improve plastic manufacturing plant efficiency and effectiveness.

Jihad Frem receiving the GPCA award

Jihad Frem receiving the GPCA award

Plastics Innovation Awards, distributed during GPCA PlastCon 2013, acknowledged plastic converters throughout the Middle East for creativity, as well as accomplishments in technology, chemistry, and the manufacturing process of plastic conversion. Napco’s innovative index positioned the group among the 6 winners of the third annual plastics innovations awards.

The expert panel of jurists selected winners for excellence and innovative ideas in plastics conversion out of 28 high caliber entrants. The seven-member jury consisted of leaders in plastics innovation, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) resin manufacturers’ application centers, as well as independent consultants.

What is the NapcoINDEVCO Index?

In cooperation with INDEVCO, Napco Flexible Packaging division’s Center of Technical Excellence (CTE) combined 50 years of experience in the market, know-how, and expertise to develop an index that sets in place processes and standards to effectively audit, monitor, evaluate, and improve all operations within affiliates.

As part of continuous improvement processes, the group’s plastic converting plants undergo on-going audits to monitor operations, allocate non-conformities, set forth corrective action plans, and implement changes. The index ensures that Napco maintains excellence, offers customers’ quality products, implements lean manufacturing, and secures a safe working environment.

NapcoINDEVCO Index Audit Process & Improvement Cycle includes:

  1. Scheduling
  2. Field Audits
  3. Reporting
  4. Consolidation & Publishing
  5. Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
  6. Action Plan
  7. Implement
  8. Correct

Adapting to market changes and new developments, the index continuously evolves and integrates the latest industry trends, quality requirements and standards, as well as new experiences with the group. The index upholds 8 Standards of Excellence, including: 

  1. Finance & Operation
  2. Safety
  3. 5S Methodology
  4. Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  5. Voice of the Customer (VOC)
  6. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  7. Legal
  8. Human Resources

About GPCA PlastCon 2013

GPCA PlastCon 2013 took place from 7 – 9 April 2013, bringing together leading plastic converters from the Middle East.  The annual conference targets the Gulf polymer industry, focusing on developments and challenges in plastic conversion.

The event offered:

  • Seminars on technological innovations for converters
  • Conference sessions from a technical and business angle
  • Exhibition for resin producers and machine suppliers
  • The GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards 2013

About Napco

Napco, a leading Middle Eastern group of manufacturing companies, is based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Employing over 3000 employees, Napco’s 12 plants produce paper, plastic and corrugated packaging, as well as consumer disposables and away-from-home products.

Paper and plastic manufacturing plants within Napco include Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd.(COMPACT), Multipak Ltd., Napco Modern Plastic Products Company - Sack DivisionNapco Modern Plastic Products Company - Technical DivisionNational Paper Company Ltd., National Paper Products Company Ltd., Uniplast, and United Plastic Products Company.

INDEVCO Group is the managing partner of Napco.


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