Worldwide Technical Aid Programs
The first involvement of Packages in a foreign assignment was in 1970, when a contract for providing technical services to Kibo Paper Industries Ltd., Tanzania, was signed. The corrugated board manufacturing plant, set up in 1966, was operating at a low capacity and had accumulated substantial financial losses. The management was taken over by a team of four experts from Packages, and company operations started generating profits within the first year of this switchover.
The second opportunity followed soon after. In 1971, Packages extended similar services to a company called P T Guru in Jakarta, which was set up as a printing/packaging operation in 1970 and had run into serious financial and production problems. Packages sent another team of experts to Indonesia in 1971, and succeeded in turning the company around in a very short time period.
In the same year, the National Development Corporation of Tanzania requested Packages to take over the operations of another one of its companies called Printpak Tanzania. The same success was achieved here, and a printing ink manufacturing plant was installed. A team of experts also commissioned, constructed and operated Tanzania’s first paper mill.
In 1979, a six million dollar plant called Nasco Packages was set up in Jos, Nigeria for the manufacture of offset cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated containers. The plant went on to become one of the main packaging companies in Northern Nigeria, and a great financial success.
Towards the end of 1979, Packages provided expertise in the installation and management of a modern corrugated box manufacturing plant in Kuwait named Carton Industries Company SAK. A packaging plant in Yemen, engaged in the manufacture of polyethylene film, was also made technically operational during 1983.
Just when its assistance to these countries was coming to an end, Packages accepted the singular challenge of helping a floundering company in Russia. Tetra Pak AB (Kuban) was a packaging complex of three factories, with facilities for manufacturing folding cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated boxes. In a two-and-a-half years’ association, assistance was provided in formulating a management information system, streamlining production operations and training local staff.
Thus, in its history of about five decades, Packages has somewhat repaid the debt of gratitude it owes to the developed world by helping needy and disadvantaged companies in other developing countries.