1951 Constitution Ave.
Hartford, WI 53027
Phone: (262) 673-1400
Fax: (262) 673-1459
Sales: $250 million (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: Offset, gravure, inkjet and specialty inks.
Key Personnel: Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics; Jim Mercier, executive director of CR/T; Sunil Rao, technical director, CR/T; Randy Maas, gravure operations manager.
Number of Employees: Approximately 100 (Ink World estimate) in CR/T.
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 2013, the company recorded sales of $4.8 billion, spurred on by a series of major acquisitions, including billion-dollar printers Worldcolor (2010) and Vertis (2013). This was an increase over sales of $4.1 billion for 2012, driven primarily by the addition of Vertis. The company’s adjusted EBITDA was $577 million, or 12%, for 2013, down from 13.8% in 2012.
To meet its ink needs, Quad/Graphics created its Chemical Research/Technology (CR/T) division in 1982. The CR/T division manufactures high-quality offset and gravure inks, as well as inkjet inks and specialty products such as security inks. All told, CR/T manufactures hundreds of millions of pounds of ink annually.
One of the interesting aspects of CR/T is its emphasis on environmentally friendly inks. The company’s EnviroTech line of offset inks has approximately 27% renewable resource content, and the company reports that all of its offset inks have at least 20% renewable resource content.