Daily Archives: October 12, 2019

Nelipak Appoints Roger Prevot as Chief Executive Officer

CRANSTON, R.I., Oct. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nelipak® Corporation, Inc. (“Nelipak”), a global leader in rigid and flexible packaging for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, announced today that Roger Prevot has been named the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Prevot, who has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since the acquisition of Nelipak (“Kohlberg”) earlier this year, brings to Nelipak an extensive track record of senior leadership experience in the packaging industry, and is a Partner of Kohlberg.  Prevot’s previous roles include President and Chief Operating Officer of Graham Packaging, Chief Executive Officer of Packaging Dynamics Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Spectrum Plastics Group and Chairman of the Board of Cadence, Inc.

Prevot stated, “I look forward to leading Nelipak into the next phase of its development as the legacy Nelipak business is integrated with the former European Healthcare Packaging business of Bemis Corporation.”

Prevot assumes this role from Michael Kelly, Nelipak’s current Chief Executive Officer. Under Kelly’s leadership, Nelipak grew both organically and via acquisition and matured into a global leader in its served markets. Having substantially completed his objective to position Nelipak for the next phase of its development, Kelly is retiring.

Kelly commented, “I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together at Nelipak and the recent sale to Kohlberg. Roger’s distinguished track record, together with his strong professional and personal values, make him an outstanding successor to lead Nelipak into the future. I wish Roger and the people of Nelipak much continued success in the years to come.”

Seth H. Hollander, Partner of Kohlberg, commented, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Nelipak, I wish to sincerely thank Mike for his distinguished service to the company. Mike was instrumental in building a foundation for sustained growth at Nelipak.” Hollander continued, “As Chairman, Roger has been instrumental in the creation of the current Nelipak and its plan for transformational initiatives going forward. As a result of his vision, Nelipak is well-positioned for continued excellence in innovation and customer service as well as growth execution.”

For further information on Nelipak and its various products, please visit www.nelipak.com.

About Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

About Kohlberg & Company, LLC

Kohlberg & Company, LLC (“Kohlberg”) is a leading private equity firm headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York. Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has organized eight private equity funds, through which it has raised over $7.5 billion of committed equity capital. Over its 32-year history, Kohlberg has completed 76 platform investments and nearly 200 add-on acquisitions, with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $15 billion.  For more information, please visit www.kohlberg.com.

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Seán Egan, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging
Tel: 00 353 (0)91 709 163
Email: sean.egan@nelipak.com

Government encourages fashion industry to support economic growth

The government has upgraded job training centers in the past couple of years because they play an important role in encouraging the improvement of human resources’ competency

Semarang, C Java (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government is encouraging the development of creative industry particularly fashion to support the national economy, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has said. “The development of the fashion industry which belongs to the creative economy has a large potential to boost our economic growth in the future,” he said after attending design competition “Fashion Paradise 2019” in Semarang, Central Java, Saturday.

The fashion industry is the second largest contributor in the creative economy sub-sector after cuisine, he noted.

The Indonesian human resources in the fashion sector are not inferior to those of other countries, he said.

Young designers from the domestic fashion industry took part in a fashion show held in Paris late last month.

“Of course, this boosts our optimism that the creative industry, particularly fashion, could develop and contribute to our economy,” he said.

He was hopeful that the “Fashion Paradise 2019” will offer a good momentum to all sides to drive the creative industry, particularly the fashion sector.

“The government has upgraded job training centers in the past couple of years because they play an important role in encouraging the improvement of human resources’ competency,” he said.

The “Fashion Paradise 2019” is held every year as part of the efforts to develop the fashion industry, he said.

Kreasi Lintas Cipta President Director Eka Mutia Yuliandarin, who is also the project director of the “Fashion Paradise 2019” said Indonesian designers need a forum to become more creative and innovative in designing clothes and producing fashion products.

“Competent human resources must be managed and motivated to develop their creativity. Training and facility are of great significance to create quality designers,” she said.

Competition in the fashion world is not just a matter of winning and losing but also an endeavor to rouse graduates undergoing training to show the guts to display their works used by professional models, she said.

Source: ANTARA News

Government encourages fashion industry to support economic growth

The government has upgraded job training centers in the past couple of years because they play an important role in encouraging the improvement of human resources’ competency

Semarang, C Java (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government is encouraging the development of creative industry particularly fashion to support the national economy, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has said. “The development of the fashion industry which belongs to the creative economy has a large potential to boost our economic growth in the future,” he said after attending design competition “Fashion Paradise 2019” in Semarang, Central Java, Saturday.

The fashion industry is the second largest contributor in the creative economy sub-sector after cuisine, he noted.

The Indonesian human resources in the fashion sector are not inferior to those of other countries, he said.

Young designers from the domestic fashion industry took part in a fashion show held in Paris late last month.

“Of course, this boosts our optimism that the creative industry, particularly fashion, could develop and contribute to our economy,” he said.

He was hopeful that the “Fashion Paradise 2019” will offer a good momentum to all sides to drive the creative industry, particularly the fashion sector.

“The government has upgraded job training centers in the past couple of years because they play an important role in encouraging the improvement of human resources’ competency,” he said.

The “Fashion Paradise 2019” is held every year as part of the efforts to develop the fashion industry, he said.

Kreasi Lintas Cipta President Director Eka Mutia Yuliandarin, who is also the project director of the “Fashion Paradise 2019” said Indonesian designers need a forum to become more creative and innovative in designing clothes and producing fashion products.

“Competent human resources must be managed and motivated to develop their creativity. Training and facility are of great significance to create quality designers,” she said.

Competition in the fashion world is not just a matter of winning and losing but also an endeavor to rouse graduates undergoing training to show the guts to display their works used by professional models, she said.

Source: ANTARA News

41 countries participating in ‘Java Summer Camp 2019’

The Java Summer Camp is aimed at introducing potential tourist destinations and culture in Sleman District,

Sleman, Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – As many as 99 foreign nationals from 41 countries are taking part in the “8th Java Summer Camp 2919” being held in Sleman District, Yogyakarta Special Province, which began on October 11. Some 250 participants are involved in the three-day event themed culture immersion, Chief of the Tourism Destination and Creative Economy Development of the Sleman District Tourism Office Aris Herbandang said during the opening of “Java Summer Camp” Saturday.

“The theme is designed to merge differences among heterogeneous participants,” he said.

He expressed the hope the participants would become familiar with the geographical condition and culture of Sleman District both in the eastern and northern parts of the district.

“The Java Summer Camp is aimed at introducing potential tourist destinations and culture in Sleman District,” he said.

Besides, the annual event is also intended to introduce the speciality of Yogyakarta as part of a miniature Indonesia, he said.

“Java Summer Camp serves as an agent of information and a means of promoting Sleman,” he said

Among the highlights of the event are workshops on Shiva Plateau History (history of temples), Jemparingan Mataraman (Mataram/Yogyakarta-styled archery) and Ramayana Dance and visits to Kedulan Temple, Mount Merapi Museum.

The 41 countries include Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Britain, Germany, Belarus, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria.

The others are Madagascar, Mali, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Palestine, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, China and Vietnam. The event concludes on October 13, 2019.

Source: ANTARA News

Taking a cue on new capital city design from Canberra

Indonesia is looking to Australia’s capital Canberra as a reference for its capital city in East Kalimantan, part of Kalimantan or Borneo Island where its remaining tropical rainforest, often called the world’s lung, remains intact.

Over 50 percent of Canberra, known as the Bush Capital, is gazetted as a national park or reserve. Green spaces are scattered across the city, and kangaroos regularly grace Canberra’s suburban streets. This is in line with the Joko Widodo (Jokowi) administration’s aspiration to realize a smart and forest capital city and leave behind crowded and polluted Jakarta.

For materialization of the plan, the Indonesian government establishes cooperation with the University of Griffith, according to the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry. The design will be drafted through cooperation and collaborations among various domestic and foreign parties, including the Griffith University in Australia, Agus Justianto, head of the ministry’s research and innovation development department, revealed on Oct 11, 2019.

In fact, the government had initiated cooperation with Griffith University since 2002. The renewed agreement was inked by Justianto and Deputy President of Griffith University Professor Sarah Todd in Brisbane, Australia, on Oct 10, 2019.

The existing cooperation has resulted in the formation of a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development for Indonesia (CESDI), which was founded in February 2007. The CESDI’s mission is to build capacity for more sustainable development and environmental management in Indonesia and across the region. Its main focuses encompass the application of SDG principles, low-carbon development initiatives, and climate resilience in the next capital city.

“Through this cooperation, the CESDI can make the new capital city in East Kalimantan a laboratory for sustainable development at the footprint level,” he stated.

The Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry confirmed that the design of the new capital city, to be located in East Kalimantan, will apply the principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The planned capital city is expected to become a vanguard of the new civilization of Indonesian people that is environment-friendly and sustainable, Justianto stated.

Australia has been viewed as a success story for the relocation of its capital city to Canberra, known as the Bush Capital, as it was encircled by forest and located in a hinterland area. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has, time and again, drawn reference to Canberra for Indonesia’s plan to move its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

This comes after the government announced that parts of the districts of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan Province would be the location for the country’s new capital, expected to be inaugurated in 2024, the year when Jokowi’s second term will end.

President Jokowi informed the media on August 26, 2019, that the two districts were selected, as they faced the least risks from natural disasters, including floods, earthquake, tsunamis, forest fires, and landslides.

The government has made assurance that development of the capital city will not harm the environment and vowed that East Kalimantan’s forests will remain intact.

The planned capital city will have an accommodation capacity of three million. In the initial stage, its capacity will merely be 1.5 million on a plot of land measuring 40 thousand hectares, but it could be expanded to 180 thousand hectares in the subsequent stages.

“There is a reserve of 180 thousand hectares. It’s (capacity) could reach over 1.5 million and up to double, or three million (population). The number of civil servants to be transferred will be some 200 thousand people that is already included in the 1.5 million,” Brodjonegoro explained.

The project is expected to cost up to Rp466 trillion (US$32.3 billion) to be covered by the State Budget (Rp74.44 trillion), Public-Private Partnership scheme (Rp265.2 trillion), and private investment (Rp127.3 trillion).

The development will be supervised to ensure no environmental harm, with the activities being limited solely for government offices and educational purposes, among others, he noted. The government will involve the public’s participation in deciding the design for the new capital city area by inviting them to propose ideas on city planning.

In the meantime, Environmental Affairs Minister Siti Nurbaya affirmed that the concept of the new capital city in East Kalimantan will encompass restoration of the environment at the Bukit Suharto Forest Park and adjoining areas.

The relocation will include the simultaneous restoration of the environment in the districts of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan, she revealed. President Jokowi has instructed to conduct restoration of the ecosystems of Bukit Soeharto Forest Park, Balikpapan Bay, and several others in tandem with the development of the new capital city.

The relocation of the capital city should neither be viewed as a matter of concern nor should it elicit skeptical reactions, as it would also prioritize environmental improvement, the minister emphasized.

East Kalimantan Province has been reeling from environmental issues, including former mine pits.

“Hence, the plan to build the capital city there can also serve as a momentum to solve the problems. Hence, it could be implemented positively,” Nurbaya explained.

Nurbaya has made assurance that her ministry will safeguard unique ecosystems existing in East Kalimantan in a sustainable manner. The new capital city development concept, which is a smart and forest city, is a theory that concurrently focuses on environmental improvement, she pointed out.

She revealed that a Strategic Environmental Study (KLHS) of the new capital city is expected to be completed in November 2019. The KLHS is in line with Government Regulation No. 46 of 2016 on KLHS for major projects.

However, the plan to move the capital city to Kalimantan has triggered reactions from the public, in general, and environmental organizations, in particular, as Kalimantan is home to extensive forest areas and is a habitat of endangered orangutans and other endemic flora and fauna.

Greenpeace Indonesia has voiced its concerns over the plan, as it will necessitate the conversion of forest and land for development and will consequently impact the environment. Developing a new city without assigning prior consideration to the environment will lead to issues similar to what Jakarta is witnessing, Greenpeace Indonesia Director Leonard Simanjuntak cautioned.

The environmental NGO emphasized that development of the new capital must not impinge upon protected areas or nature reserves, as that would certainly cause additional deforestation and threaten endangered endemic species, such as Kalimantan orangutans (pongo pygmaeus).

Source: ANTARA News