Top Companies Report

4. Chemical Research/ Technology, Division of Quad/Graphics


1951 Constitution Ave.
Hartford, WI 53027
Phone: (262) 673-1400 
Fax: (262) 673-1459;
Sales: $235 million (Ink World estimate).

Major Products: Offset, gravure inks and inkjet inks.

Key Personnel: Tim Hofstetter, president; Greg Laszewski, general manager – offset; Randy Maas, general manager - gravure; Terry Clayton, general manager – inkjet; Sunil Rao, technical director. 

Number of Employees: Approximately 100.

Operating Facilities: Lomira, WI; Oklahoma City, OK; Martinsburg, WV; Greenfield, IA; Hartford, WI; Wyszków, Poland.

Comments: Through the years, Quad/Graphics, one of the world’s leading commercial printers ($1.8 billion in sales as of Sept. 30, 2009), has been renowned for its high-quality offset and gravure printing. 

In order to meet its ink requirements, Quad/Graphics formed its Chemical Research/Technology (CR/T) division in 1982. CR/T produces millions of pounds of ink annually, including its specially formulated EnviroTech offset inks, which have a renewable resource content of approximately 27 percent. 

CR/T opened its first European ink plant in Wyszków, Poland, in mid-February to supply Quad/Graphics’ plants in Wyszków (near Warsaw) and Pila (300 kilometers east of Berlin).

In January, Quad/Graphics announced its acquisition of World Color Press Inc., formerly Quebecor World, the second largest provider of print, digital and related services in the Americas. The transaction is expected to close approximately in the summer of 2010 and will enhance Quad/Graphics’ position as a leader in the printing industry, with increased efficiencies, greater geographic reach into Canada, Latin America and Europe, and broader product and service scope. As the merger is not yet finalized, there have been no plans made regarding ink supply.

Joel Quadracci
Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics’ chairman, president and CEO, said the World Color Press acquisition will make the company better equipped to meet customer demands through “appropriate investments in our platform and data-driven solutions to secure the future of print.” 

Mr. Quadracci added, “With our strong commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, combined with greater operational efficiencies we are targeting, we will be better able to achieve our strategic objectives and continue to generate industry-leading margins and profitable growth, all while creating opportunities for our customers, shareholders and employees.”