Kirchheim near Munich/Germany, 17 October 2018
The global demand for greener products is growing year by year. Brand owners are responding by increased efforts to optimise not only their products, but also the sustainability of related packaging and other print material. For this reason, the market leading ink manufacturer hubergroup was by mid-2017 the first manufacturer to launch globally a wide range of Cradle to Cradle certified™ ink series and coatings for sustainable offset and gravure print products.
As part of Carlsberg’s ambitious sustainability programme “TogetherTowardsZERO”, the company is making its products more sustainable and ensuring that consumers can live more sustainable lives. To that end, Carlsberg looked at the entire value chain to improve every part of its packaging, and that also included the ink for their beer labels. To help with that, the company chose hubergroup as the main ink supplier for their beer labels in selected markets.
During an exclusive event held in Copenhagen in September, Carlsberg revealed a series of exciting innovations developed in partnership with hubergroup, and at the same time highlighted hubergroup for its great commitment to roll out better and more environmentally friendly inks in front of the gathered trade press: “Printing inks have major impacts on the recyclability of packaging because they are often recycled along with paper fibers. To improve the recyclability of Carlsberg labels in selected markets, we are using the hubergroup Eco-Offset Ink Premium Plus, which is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Silver level,” say Carlsberg Brand Director Julian Marsili from the Carlsberg Group.
The Global Product & Portfolio Manager SF/UV of hubergroup Bernd Groh stated during an interview at the annual Cradle to Cradle Congress in Lüneburg: “As one of the first global ink manufacturers, we have taken up the challenge of re-designing our standard sheet fed offset and liquid ink portfolio to C2C certification. And with great success as you can see with the Carlsberg project, which was possible in no small part by the strong support of Healthy Printing Initiative, founded by EPEA in Hamburg, which is one of the most important platforms to enable sustainable printing for packaging manufacturers and printers. Print the change - print sustainability!”
Carlsberg chose hubergroup as the main ink supplier for their beer labels in selected markets.
Launching Carlsbergs ‘Greener Green’ campaign: Douglas Mulhall (EPEA, Cradle to Cradle), Mark Töpfer (Töpfer Kulmbach GmbH), Julian Marsili (Carlsberg Breweries A/S), Jörgen Rietveld (hubergroup Deutschland GmbH).
hubergroup offers a wide range of Cradle toCradle certified ink for packaging printing.
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Capabilities of both companies will enhance the position of hubergroup, USA as a leading provider of printing inks to the North American market.
KANKAKEE and ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, USA, 7 April 2017 – hubergroup, USA, Inc. and Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company announced today that hubergroup has acquired substantially all of the assets of Alden & Ott in a private deal. hubergroup expects to retain virtually all employees and management team in order to continue operations in the Midwest and Northeast without interruption.
hubergroup is one of the world’s leading specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room auxiliaries, currently comprising 40 companies and 130 sites. This successful, family-owned enterprise with more than 250 years of experience and expertise in the printing inks industry manufactures top quality products for packaging, commercial and newsprinting. In 2016, the Group with its global workforce exceeding 3500, generated sales of approximately $885 million.
“The addition of Alden & Ott to the hubergroup family is an exciting opportunity for our customers, employees and shareholders,” said Derek McFarland, president of hubergroup, USA. “As a key raw material supplier, we already had a great relationship with the talented Alden & Ott team and had discovered how much we share a commitment to providing our print customers with products and service that help them delight their customers. Specifically, our combined capabilities in conventional, water-based, low-migration and energy-cured inks will create an enviable offering to the growing packaging market.”
Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company was founded by Joe Alden and Henry Ott in 1957 and has transformed itself many times. Anticipating customer needs, the company expanded its products from heat set to sheet fed, UV inks, and flexo inks. Today, Alden & Ott is a comprehensive ink manufacturer developing custom solutions for both the offset and flexo printing markets in the Midwest and Northeast.
“Joining the global hubergroup family will bring many benefits to our existing customers, including access to their technical knowledge base, expanded product lines, security of supply and an instantly expanded geographical footprint,” said Tom Alden, president of Alden & Ott. “The cultural alignment of the family-owned businesses was a key factor and we are happy that the combined team will continue to serve and grow our existing business.”
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