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Sales: $863 million (€780 million).
Major Products: hubergroup is offering customized, high-quality services and technologies around printing inks as well as print-related products for commercial, newspaper, packaging and security printing. Main products include 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.
In the Chemicals Division, hubergroup manufactures UV-curable oligomers, polyurethane resins, laminating adhesives (2K PU systems), modified rosin resins, PVB, ketone resins and polyamides as well as pigment concentrates, alkali blue and adhesion promoters.
Key Personnel: Executive Board MHM Holding GmbH: Heiner Klokkers, chairman of the board; Taner Bicer, president Chemicals Division; Ashwani Bhardwaj, director RBU Asia/Pacific; Dr. Dirk Aulbert, director RBU Europe/America.
Number of Employees: 3,700 worldwide.
Comments: hubergroup is an international leader in a wide range of products, including packaging, commercial and publication printing inks, coatings and pressroom auxiliaries. At $863 million, sales held fairly steady
Heiner Klokkers, chairman of the board for MHM Holding GmbH, noted that hubergroup and its more than 30 subsidiaries worldwide are constantly evolving to meet the needs of
“In 2019, we recorded an improvement from the previous year, but it was still challenging,” Klokkers observed. “As the market is constantly changing, we have made some strategic changes, which are structural in nature. The implementation of these decisions will continue into the current fiscal year.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to take stock of its operations, and Klokkers said that hubergroup has maintained its supply chain.
“2020 started off quite well,” said Klokkers. “The COVID-19 pandemic strongly affected the commercial and newsletter printing business. Packaging printing was not affected. We haven’t even seen a slight growth. The pandemic demanded high effort from supply chain management to secure the supply of goods, but the measures taken have paid off, and therefore we have had and still have a stable supply chain situation.”
“The raw material situation for solvents is still difficult because of the increased demand in the packaging sector,” Klokkers observed. “Raw material shortages worldwide have led to a significant price increase – also at hubergroup. In other segments, the situation is tense, but not critical.”
hubergroup was active in R&D for packaging and commercial applications.
“We had some good product launches in the flexo/gravure segment like our Gecko Xperience series, which are characterized by their wide range of novel haptic effects,” Klokkers noted. “They are opening up a new dimension of creative packaging design, as is our Gecko Platinum products for high-performance lamination flexo printing, which are free of monomeric plasticizers. Another product highlight was our MGA Natura launch, a fast-setting sheetfed offset series for printing organoleptically neutral print products on cardboard and other absorbent substrates.”
Klokker sees excellent opportunities ahead for hubergroup.
“Packaging printing performs still on a high level and it might further grow, whereas commercial printing continues to decline,” Klokkers concluded. “We expect growing business due to the launch of our chemical division.”