Canada L5S 1B1
Phone (905) 671-0750
Fax (905) 671-6568
hubergroup USA, Inc.
2850 Festival Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone (815) 929-9293
Fax (815) 929-0412
Sales: $120 million.
Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed, coldset, UV, flexo, aqueous and UV coatings.
Key Personnel: Derek McFarland, president Americas; Venkat Subrahmanian, CFO, North America. For Canada: Mark Wilson, VP and COO; Vivy DaCosta, sales and marketing; Dr. Thomas Griebel, product and key account management packaging inks; Steve Simpson, technical director. For USA: Alex Moller, sales director; Charles Molicki, senior technical manager.
Number of Employees: 180.
Comments: hubergroup USA, Inc. and hubergroup Canada Limited are the North American subsidiaries of hubergroup, Kirchheim, Germany, a family-owned printing ink manufacturer, which reported sales of $925 million in 2015.
Derek McFarland, president, Americas for hubergroup USA, Inc., reported that hubergroup enjoyed growth during the past year, particularly in packaging and UV.
“For 2016, hubergroup North America achieved modest, single-digit growth over the prior year,” McFarland noted. “Even though some of our served markets were challenged, we had significant growth in key market segments and product categories, especially packaging and UV.”
McFarland added that hubergroup’s global R&D team is working on new developments in these growth segments.
“Our global organization continues to invest heavily in liquid and energy curing segments.,” McFarland observed. “We have dedicated resources to new curing technologies and packaging. The chances and new opportunities for printing food packaging with LED curing technologies are obvious, but the chemistry behind it is still challenging.”
hubergroup has reorganized in North American operations, and McFarland sees benefits from the new structure.
“We spent a considerable amount of effort making sure our North American organization is structured to provide the best possible service to our customers in each of our market segments,” he said. “This market focus, along with our excellent product basket, is providing value to new and existing customers.”
Printers are being asked for shorter runs and quicker deliveries. In turn, hubergroup is working to help their customers meet these mandates.
“Many of our customers are faced with compressed lead times and shorter run lengths,” McFarland said.. “We are responding by expanding our service network while offering stable and reliable products - specifically, rapid and energy-cured inks that enable quick finishing.”
As the company closely monitors raw material costs, currency fluctuations and trade policies, McFarland sees reason for optimism for growth in 2017.
“Even considering the political and economic uncertainties that have characterized the beginning of the year, we are optimistic about 2017 and expect the pattern of slow growth to continue,” McFarland concluded.