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: $150 million.
Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed, coldset, UV, flexo, aqueous and UV coatings.
Key Personnel: Martin Weber, group managing director, North America; 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: Steve Martin, sales and marketing; Dwight Collier, business development and strategic alliances; Charles Molicki, senior technical manager.
Number of Employees: 210.
Comments: hubergroup USA, Inc. and hubergroup Canada Limited are the North American subsidiaries of hubergroup, a Kirchheim, Germany-based family-owned ink manufacturer with annual sales of approximately $1 billion.
Martin Weber, group managing director, North America for hubergroup USA, Inc., reported that business development in 2014 was in line with the company’s expectations, and was generally positive.
“We still see declining markets in line with industry expectations,” Weber added. “Ongoing consolidation of printers will lead to further decrease in printing capacity, especially in the segment of commercial printing.”
High end sheetfed products, UV inks, low energy UV inks and water-based flexo inks did particularly well, supported by hubergroup’s state-of-the-art technical service and service centers.
The biggest news for hubergroup in North America was its name change from Hostmann-Steinberg, and the company’s integration of its manufacturing operations.
“In 2014, both North American entities changed names from Hostmann-Steinberg to hubergroup,” Weber said. “This is in line with our worldwide strategy of consolidating the corporate image. In line with this global integration, we utilize manufacturing capacities of our European mother plants, which allows us to focus all our resources in servicing our customers.”
Weber reported that hubergroup is working closely with its printers and global brand owners on regulatory issues.
“This had been an ongoing strategy of working with our clients and worldwide brand owners to share our knowledge about ‘Best Practice’ and North American requirements versus European requirements and legislation,” Weber said.