Feldkirchener Strasse 15
85551 Kirchheim-Heimstetten (near Munich)
Phone: +49 89 9003 0
Fax: +49 89 9003 222
Sales: $925 million (€847 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; industrial inks, varnishes coatings and fountain solutions.
Key Personnel: Ursula Borgmann, chairman, R&D, Technology; Ashwani Bhardwaj, management, Asia and North America; Heiner Klokkers, management, Europe and South America; Michael Geiger, CFO.
Number of Employees: 3,600 worldwide.
Comments: hubergroup had a solid year in 2015, as sales grew 1.4% in terms of euros to €847 million ($925 million). hubergroup has completed its rebranding efforts, bringing many of its well known subsidiaries – including Michael Huber München, Micro Inks, Hostmann-Steinberg, Stehlin + Hostag and Tipolit – under the hubergroup name. For example, in North America, the Hostmann-Steinberg name was changed to hubergroup USA and hubergroup Canada Limited Inc.
“Most of our companies are branded hubergroup now and we will continue to strengthen our brand recognition,” said Robert Doerffel, corporate communications Europe for hubergroup.
Doerffel noted that packaging and UV are two growth segments for hubergroup.
“We continue to invest especially in our liquid and energy curing segments, plus the connected and adequate investments in personnel,” he noted, adding that hubergroup introduced a LED-UV ink series and several products for iron doped lamps as part of its NewV product family, CRSmax UV mixing system, and among many other solvent-based products, the weather resistant Gecko Frontal Storm series for printing on PE films.
While hubergroup saw stable results in the publication segment, there still are challenges ahead for that market.
“Print media has stabilized a bit, but is still overall a shrinking market,” Doerffel noted. “Structural adjustments continued to be part of our regular business and have occupied our group quite a bit in 2015. Future activities are aiming to tackle the better performing markets.”