INDEVCO Hosts International Flexible Packaging Network Conference 2013

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INDEVCO welcomes fellow International Flexible Packaging Network (IFPN) members to discuss upcoming market trends, product and technology innovations, and prevailing best practices.

As an active member of IFPN, INDEVCO hosts IFPN annual conference from 19 - 22 May 2013, at Napco headquarters in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The annual conference, themed ‘Sharing thoughts…’, brought together prominent flexible packaging manufacturers from around the world, including Europe, Central, North & South Americas, Far East, and the Middle East.

The annual conference aims to keep leading flexible packaging manufacturing companies’ in-tune with the latest developments in plastic conversion, as well as promote interaction between different cultures and business environments.

William Battle Wall, IFPN Vice Chairman, USA, states,

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the IFPN. INDEVCO is a valued member of our global organization and proved to be a perfect host for our conference in Dammam. Our conference sessions and exchanges were quite spirited, informative, and sharing of real experiences. The tours of INDEVCO operations were exceptional and demonstrated clearly, a living experience of their core values.”

International Flexible Packaging Network Conference 2013

During IFPN Conference 2013, executives from member companies visited Jubail City, a petrochemical hub in Saudi Arabia, and toured Saudi Chevron to gain further industry exposure in the country.

INDEVCO Group Presentation

Mounir Frem, Executive Vice President at INDEVCO Flexible Packaging (IFP) Division, introduced INDEVCO founder, philosophy, core values, and history of growth with regions and sectors served, as well as IFP member companies’ global presence.

Sarkis Dagher, Market Development Director, discussed various aspects of the supply chain and raw materials, as well as covered:

  • Sustainability
  • Socio-economic & demographic environment
  • Raw materials in GCC - Polymer production capacity
  • Global outlook of the polypropylene & polyethylene growth
  • World petrochemical growth plan

Hekmat Seif, IFP Vice President, coordinated and attended the 4- day event.

Benchmarking Presentations

Presentations benchmarked 2012 member company productivity data of Flexo, rotogravure printing, lamination, waste analysis of the complete process, and plates & rotogravure cylinders

  • Flexo
    Tim Mages, North State Flexibles General Manager
  • Rotogravure , Lamination , & Waste Analysis
    Grant Page, Nampak Flexible Operations & Supply Chain Director
  • Flexo Plates & Cylinders
    Juan Carlos Sarti, Celomat Technical & Development Manager

Machine Supplier Presentation

Flexible Packaging Trends & Innovations
Eric Pavone, Business Director - Business Unit Web-Fed

Bobst, Switzerland

Raw Material Supplier Presentations

Value Creation with Borstar® Greenhouse Film
Lars Orn, Application Marketing Manager, Film & Fibre

Borouge, UAE

Committing to the Future in Emerging Markets
Peter Malmros, Sr. Technical Manager, Film & Fibre

Borouge, UAE

Other IFPN members presented respective organizations, including structure and business environment. Professionals also discussed company operations, products, and innovations, as well as regional and economic indicators and international trends. IFPN member companies at the conference included:

Celomat, Argentina

Christian Rypstra, General Manager - Presenter
Juan Carlos Sarti, Technical & Development Manager - Presenter
Damian Ecker, President - Attendee

DNP Indonesia

Harli Bong, Sales Director - Presenter
Hendra Gunawan Ng, Sales Manager - Attendee

Nampak Flexible, South Africa

Grant Page, Operations & Supply Chain Director - Presenter
Clinton Farndell, Managing Director - Presenter

Schur Flexibles Group, Austria

Marek Pawlak, Poland Managing Director - Presenter

Schur Star, Denmark

Klaus Madsen, Germany Managing Director - Presenter

SigmaQ, El Salvador

Salvador Miranda, Innovation & Development Director - Presenter

North State Flexibles, USA

Tim Mages, General Manager - Presenter

St. Johns, Canada

Jacques Leclair, Owner - Presenter
Paul Leclair, Chairman – Attendee

About INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division 

INDEVCO Flexible Packaging plants manufacture polyethylene (PE) films, as well as plastic and paper bags and rolls for the agricultural and horticultural, beverage, building and construction, catering, chemical and petrochemical, food, household, hygiene and tissue disposables, industrial, pharmaceutical, soap and detergent sectors.

Members of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division include Napco companies: Napco Modern -Sack DivisionNapco Modern - Technical DivisionNational Paper Products Company, and COMPACT in Dammam, Saudi Arabia; as well as United Plastic Products Company (UPPC), Napco Packaging Systems Co. Ltd. (Uniplast), and Multipak in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


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