Top Companies Report

6. hubergroup


MHM Holding GmbH 
Feldkirchenerstrasse 15
85551 Kirchheim Heimstetten, Germany
Phone: +49-89-9003-0, Fax: +49-89-9003-222

Sales: $1.085 billion (€844 million).

Major Products: Sheetfed, coldset and heatset offset inks; solvent-based gravure inks for packaging; water- and solvent-based flexo inks for packaging; UV offset and flexo inks; security inks; screen inks; fountain solutions, varnishes and transfer inks.

Key Personnel: Thomas Hensel, CEO; Ursula Borgmann, chief technical officer; Ashwani Bhardwaj, operations management, Asia; Heiner Klokkers, operations management, Europe.

Number of Employees: 3,602 worldwide.

Comments: Hubergroup enjoyed 2% sales growth in 2012, with sales increasing to $1.085 billion (€844 million). Hubergroup has 40 regional ink manufacturing companies and a sales network of more than 150 offices, selling a wide variety of inks for commercial printing, news printing and packaging printing. Among the company’s well-known subsidiaries are Hostmann-Steinberg, Gleitsmann Security Inks and Stehlin Hostag Ink.

In spite of the sales gains, the market remains challenging.

“The global marketplaces differ,” Robert Doerffel, corporate communications Europe for hubergroup, reported. “The EU and North American markets were difficult due to volume decline and margin pressure. Latin America and Asia were doing fairly well. Structural adjustments were part of a regular process and also a reaction to raw materials.”

Raw materials remain a major concern for the ink industry and for hubergroup.

“With eroding margins, price increases were necessary,” Mr. Doerffel said. “Permanent research for raw material alternatives is becoming daily routine for keeping the impact on customers as low as possible.”
The company made two key personnel moves, adding Ashwani Bhardwaj, (operations management, Asia) and Heiner Klokkers (operations management, Europe) to its board of directors in January 2013.

Hubergroup’s R&D team added to the company’s innovative inks with its latest addition to the Inkredible series, its Inkredible metal decorating inks. The company also launched its NewV news inks.