Top Companies Report

4. CR/T


Division of Quad Graphics

1951 Constitution Ave.

Hartford, WI 53027

Phone: (262) 673-1400

Fax: (262) 673-1459


Sales: $240 million (Ink World estimate).


Major Products: Offset, gravure, inkjet and specialty inks.


Key Personnel: Jim Mercier, executive director of CRT; Sunil Rao, technical director, CR/T; Randy Maas, gravure operations manager.


Number of Employees:Approximately 100 (Ink World estimate).


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


Comments: Quad/Graphics is a global provider of print and related multichannel solutions for consumer magazines, special interest publications, catalogs, retail inserts and circulars, direct mail products, books and directories.


In 2011, Quad/Graphics recorded net sales of $4.67 billion, a slight decline over sales of $4.76 billion for 2010. The company’s adjusted EBITDA was $638 million for 2011. That likely will grow, as Quad/Graphics’ share of the market is expanding, as seen by the recent announcement it has reached a new, $900 million-plus multi-year agreement with Time Inc. that significantly extends and expands its magazine print work for the company.


The company has undergone a huge expansion during the past three years, adding Worldcolor (formerly Quebecor World) in July 2010. In February 2012, Quad/Graphics added Williamson Printing Corp., a Dallas, TX-based commercial and specialty printer. In January 2013, Quad/Graphics finalized its acquisition of Vertis, a specialist in retail advertising inserts, direct marketing and in-store marketing.


With an eye on meeting its printing ink requirements, Quad/Graphics formed its Chemical Research/Technology (CR/T) division in 1982. CR/T produces high-quality offset and gravure inks as well as inkjet inks and specialty products such as security inks, producing hundreds of millions of pounds of ink every year.


Long before most companies started looking into environmentally friendly products, CR/T emphasized adding renewable content. Today, its EnviroTech line of offset inks has approximately 27% renewable resource content, and all of CR/T’s offset inks have at least 20% renewable resource content.