Dear Business Partner, welcome to the 5th issue of REACH.

At MASTERPAK, we foster a culture of innovation and encourage creativity. We constantly look for ways to innovate and improve; not just our products and processes but also our organization and business practices. We believe that there is always a better way. REACH current issue underlines this prevailing attitude in our company from bringing a higher value-added power stretch film, to acting more responsibly towards the environment and to looking and adopting latest technical developments in the plastics industry.

To all our Muslim partners, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Eid Adha Mubarak.

Hope you enjoy this issue of REACH!

Amal Merhi, MASTERPAK Marketing Manager


MASTERPAK has lately started the production of machine stretch film with an elongation up to 350%. The new and improved machine stretch/power pre-stretch film has a higher tensile strength, the force required to reach breaking point is higher, thus the film is stronger and can handle heavier loads. In addition, the power pre-stretch film has higher elongation, tear resistance, and cling ability. It is more elastic and can stretch farther, it can withstand punctures and can hold products more securely.

“We developed this machine stretch/power pre-stretch with very high elongation to meet the growing demand in the European and British markets for a more powerful stretch film that stretches to above 300%”, explains “Tony Yaacoub, MASTERPAK Industrial Sales Coordinator. “Another reason fueling the new film production is to reduce packaging material costs and film waste, thus provide higher value (on price) for stretch film.”

“Our very high elongation machine stretch film offers excellent load holding capacity and high puncture resistance coupled with a safe storage and transit of your products. We are already booking orders!” adds, Guy Habbaki, Quality Assurance Manager.

MASTERPAK produces manual, machine and power pre-stretch film as clear, colored, tinted or opaque and in a complete range of gauges, sizes and performance options. Visit our website  and request customized polyethylene films to your required specifications on



In recent years, the disposal of plastic products has stirred much controversy regarding the negative effects plastic has on nature and on wild life. Growing concerns have pushed MASTERPAK to look for a feasible solution.

Polyethylene is flexible as well as water and air resistant. It is a strong and durable material due to its molecular composition and strong chemical bonds and thus does not degrade easily. These characteristics, however, are the reasons behind why plastic is appropriate and attractive for packaging uses. Thus, while finding methods to speed up the degradation process of plastic it is also vital to preserve these key characteristics.

Through the use of oxo-biodegradable plastic additives, MASTERPAK is today producing eco-friendly plastic that has all the required characteristics of plastic but oxo-biodegrades. “The oxo-biodegradable additive combined with the polyethylene is usually at a low level, resulting in a negligible impact on the finished product. The plastic packaging film or bag still retains the characteristics: strength, impermeability, clarity, and sealability. Furthermore, no changes are required in the plastic manufacturing process, as well as no affect on line speeds. “, explains, Guy Habbaki, MASTERPAK Quality Assurance Manager.

Bio-degradable plastic needs to be exposed to a biologically active environment to begin degrading. An example of such exposure is by burying the plastic product in the soil. This disposal system, however, is not always effective with plastic packaging resurfacing and polluting the environment. MASTERPAK oxo-biodegradable polyethylene films and bags do not need a biologically active environment to begin degradation. “The plastic degrades under many different conditions, even if only exposed to open air. After degradation the plastic will break down to harmless H2O, CO2, and negligible amounts of biomass. Furthermore, totally degradable plastics can be recycled”, adds Habbaki.

A common concern about degradable plastic is the plastic durability and life, whether degradable plastic will last as long as necessary. Some plastic bags and films require long life durability while others such as a bread bag might need a few weeks. MASTERPAK’s totally degradable plastic is distinctive, due to the controllable nature of the degradation process. Thus with the use of stabilizers, plastic films and bags can have a sufficiently long useful life according to the product requirements. By controlling the additive composition, oxo-biodegradable plastics can degrade from as early as 60 days to as long as 6 years.

Another concern manufacturers of degradable plastics are facing, is the question of whether the additive in plastic packaging is harmful when coming in contact with food and beverage products. MASTERPAK uses a small harmless percentage of an oxo-biodegradable additive made of metal salts. “Tests have proven that this oxo-biodegradable plastic is safe to come into direct contact with food and beverage products”, ensures Habbaki.




MASTERPAK executives attended the international trade fair for plastics and rubber in Dusseldorf, Germany from 27 October to 3 November 2010. Leading raw material producers, processing companies and machinery manufacturers offered an overview of the latest technical developments, procedures and techniques, of current construction methods and future trends.

Najah Daccache, MASTERPAK General Manager, explains: “The plastics industry is one of the most innovative segments of the world economy. And at MASTERPAK, we constantly look for ways to innovate and improve. The innovations seen at K 2010 were definitely stimulating and inspiring!“ “Plastic is THE material of the 21st century and with the crisis in the sector finally drawing to an end, demand is rising on a global scale. We are now benefiting from having consolidated our strengths in hard times, improved our products and processes and definitely strengthened our competitive edge,” adds Daccache.


Established in 1974, in Lebanon, MASTERPAK sal manufactures co-extruded polyethylene (PE) films and bags for the agricultural, construction, food and beverage, soap and detergent, household, hygiene, catering and industrial sectors. Products are destined for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. MASTERPAK sal is a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group.

Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon
Tel: +961-9-209 001
Fax: +961-9-209 002

MASTERPAK - Zouk Mosbeh - Lebanon - 961-9-209002

Our Partner Testifies!

Mr. Youssef Paul Abbo- Lebanon
East Levant Manager (F&M) of Borouge Pte Ltd.
We have been supplying MASTERPAK since 1999. From the start, we both recognized the need to build bridges between us and to form strong, secure and mutually beneficial business relationships. We are highly knowledgeable about each others, our processes, our products, and our goals. And, this has driven the growth and profitability of both organizations and prevented purchasing and execution problems.
When MASTERPAK was always keen to develop its basket of agricultural films in line with customer & market needs, Borouge was always interested in participating, developing & renovating their films to the highest standard.
We are very proud seeing MASTERPAK train their customers and develop their technical knowledge to face future challenges. And we look forward to see both of our Technical & Marketing teams participating together in training the end-users.
We both believe in the importance of constantly innovating and improving: today Borouge is building the most developed innovative center in the MEA while Masterpak is developing their laboratories to achieve the highest level of accuracy and quality.
It makes me today very happy when seeing our Borstar FB2230 acting as the Backbone of MASTERPAK Agricultural films!










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