Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Napco expands into extrusion coating, rotogravure printing and aluminium lidding

By Jenny Eagle

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Napco expands in KSA

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Napco, which works with Nestle, Mars and Kwality ice cream, has expanded its corrugated, paper and plastic packaging manufacturing capabilities to include extrusion coating, rotogravure printing and aluminium lidding. 

The Saudi Arabia based-firm has also introduced in-mold labelling and thermoforming to its services.

Egypt, UAE, Lebanon and the US

Exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 in Dubai, with its sister company ROTOPAK the two companies target the food, dairy, beverage, catering, and ice cream sectors in the Arabian Gulf, Africa, Europe and South Asia.

Sarkis Dagher, vice president, Market Development, told DairyReporter, the company is looking to expand in KSA, Egypt, UAE, Lebanon and the US.

The global sustainability megatrend is changing our world and is having a measurable impact on companies’ top and bottom lines," he said​.

We at Napco and Rotopak are anticipating and managing current and future economic, environmental and social opportunities and risks by focusing on quality, innovation and productivity. Also, the evolution of the shale gas in North America was another game changer to shift the expansion of the petrochemical sector from East to West​.

Several mega-scale petrochemical projects will start operating cost-effectively in 2018-2020. The impact will allow our US converters to compete with us in the European and Asian markets leveraging on the resin and energy costs​.

We also hope to reach out to the promising market of South America​.”

Flexographic and offset pre-printing

With flexographic and offset pre-printing capabilities, Napco and ROTOPAK display packaging with strong graphics to build brand equity and communicate logo, messaging, and overall brand image.

We are a regional manufacturer of flexible packaging used to display, ship and cater food and beverage products. Our customers are multi-national companies as well as renowned local companies,​” added Dagher.

We have expanded our capabilities to cater to our customers’ needs in the food and beverage industries and meet their projected growth.

We will expand and diversify further our customer base and penetrate the rigid packaging market.

Our goal in this region is to stay ahead of the competition in product development, maintain our competitive edge and meet our targeted aggressive growth.

Rapidly changing labor legislations

The main challenges are the rapidly changing labor legislations, rental costs and overall inflation increased costs which lead to improved productivity through investing in new machines, automation, consolidation and leaner organizations​.”

Napco was established in KSA in 1956. Its companies exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 include Compact, EASTERNPAK, Multipak, Napco Modern Technical Division, and National Paper Products Company.

Napco companies focus on food safety by analyzing and controlling hazards in accordance to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards.

EASTERNPAK, corrugated packaging manufacturer, has also set forth systems to control food safety issues consistent with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

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