Since the early days of hubergroup in 1765, having the courage to try something new has played an important role in the company. Mathias Mittermayer, a trained mason, decided at that time to forge a new path in ink production. On 29th November 1765, he registered his first patent for the production of the natural inks Vienna Varnish (a rich reddish-yellow colour), Prussian Blue, Carmine Red and the yellow colour of the Munich coat of arms, which he had permission to sell in Germany and abroad. So it was, in Haidhausen a district in Munich, that he laid the foundations for today’s hubergroup.
Since then, of course, a lot has changed: in 1780, Mittermayer’s son-in-law Georg Huber took over the company and successfully expanded the business before he passed it over to his son Michael Huber (l.) in 1815. Led by Michael Huber, the company eventually became the first German printing ink manufacturer. Huber recognised the future relevance of printing inks early on thanks to his close association with Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography (stone printing). In the following years, the company, known as Michael Huber München, went on to become internationally renowned.
The subsequent Huber generations also worked passionately to expand their ink business: with new production sites, a continually expanding range and constantly improving manufacturing techniques, Michael Huber München continued to grow. The company even recovered quickly from the decline in production during the two world wars: it built up the production facilities once again and at this point specialised fully in printing inks. The company premises in Haidhausen soon became too small and the headquarters were relocated to Kirchheim-Heimstetten in 1965.
In the 1990s and 2000s, the company achieved success in the international printing inks market with new sites in Europe, South America and Asia. One important milestone was the acquisition of Micro Inks Limited in 2006, because up to this day this enables us to produce a large percentage of the raw materials for our printing inks ourselves. With innovations such as low migration printing inks as well as mineral oil-free and cobalt-free printing inks the company – now called hubergroup – set the environmental standards early on and has therefore become a trendsetter within the printing industry.
Today hubergroup is one of the leading international specialists for solutions and technologies relating to printing inks, printing aid and raw materials. A contributing factor to this success is having the courage to forge new paths, this plays an important role in our daily work even after more than 250 years. This is the only way that we can continue to develop innovative solutions and technologies for the printing and packaging industry, the paint and coating industry and for chemical companies.