Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Tel: (847) 956-6830
Fax: (847) 956-6509
hubergroup Canada Limited
2150A Drew Road
Canada L5S 1B1
Tel: (905) 671-0750
Fax: (905) 671-6568
Sales: Approximately $130 million.
Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed, coldset, UV, flexo, solvent, aqueous and UV coatings.
Key Personnel: Martin Weber, managing director, hubergroup USA; Venkat Subrahmanian, CFO North America; Alex Moller, VP sales; Reginald Smith, VP technology; Charles Molicki, director of operations, Todd Brohm, VP/GM Canada.
Number of Employees: 250.
Comments: hubergroup USA, Inc. and hubergroup Canada Limited are the North American subsidiaries of hubergroup, the sixth-largest worldwide ink manufacturer which had sales of nearly $900 million in 2019. Martin Weber, managing director for hubergroup USA, said the company is balancing the declining sheetfed market with other growing segments.
“The North American operations were affected by the downturn in commercial print as seen globally as well,” Weber observed.
“Adjustments of our organization and the focus on strategic business segments already show positive results.” He added that energy curing offset inks and water/UV flexo are key opportunities for growth.
Weber sees some challenges ahead, including a further downturn in commercial print and ongoing consolidation in the packaging print industry. He also anticipates an overall expected economic downturn due to coronavirus, which might also affect the availability of raw materials.
“How do we cope with it?” Weber said. “Having a lean and well-structured organization can react fast to new market environments.”
Overall, Weber sees growth ahead for hubergroup USA and hubergroup Canada.
“We will continue to grow our offset and flexo business in a challenging market environment,” Weber said. “We are well prepared with our product portfolio to address all demanding requirements regarding sustainability and consumer safety.”