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Hubergroup Celebrates 250 Years, Earliest Printing Ink Manufacturer

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Official anniversary celebrations in October

Kirchheim near Munich, Germany, ? In 1765, Mathias Mittermayr received the permit from the electoral court in Munich to sell the inks Vienna Varnish, Prussian Blue, Carmine Red and some Yellows in Germany and abroad. This document is proof for the earliest, still operating printing ink maker, named after the grandson Michael Huber. With its quick maturing into a strong industrial production company, and developing in the prevalent trend of globalisation, it operates as hubergroup today. The company's management takes this 250th anniversary as an opportunity to look back at the success story of the family business and to thank the employees for their commitment and the shareholders for their support.

On October 22, 2015 the official ceremony is placed in the Hofbräukeller in Munich, not far from where it all began. More than 200 international guests are expected, including representatives from politics and business, shareholders and members of the founding family. Among the speakers are Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich, and Dirk Ippen, Publisher. The festivities will take place at the very close of the first company headquarters in Munich-Haidhausen. It was not until 1965, the premises became too small and the facility was moved to Kirchheim into new buildings east of the city.

"We are very proud of our long tradition", says Ulla Borgmann, member of the Management Board. "We are the 'living proof', that despite all political and economic turbulences within these 250 years successful business can be maintained. We feel the obligation against our shareholders and employees to sustain the success through well-defined strategies that fit to the continuously changing market conditions".

Already on September 29, the actual founding date, all employees in all the groups companies will be invited to lunch to enjoy a free afternoon with an entertaining program.

The translated text is:
The Electoral Court's most honorable Sheriff of this parish having given his most gracious permission to Mathias Mittermayr esquire (father-in-law of Georg Huber), master-mason and resident of Haydhausen, pursuant to petitioning of his most humble request to publicly purvey, wheresoever he desire, both inland and out, the Sienner Lacker, Berlin Blue, Red Carmine and yellow inks, all fabricated by himself, the above person has, for his legitimation, been granted this open patent issued with the consent of the Electoral and privy council offices.

Munich, 29 Septembris anno dominis 1765
Elector's Court Chancery
Josef Vogt,
Secretary to the Electoral Court Councillor
hubergroup 1765 ? 2015 (in a nutshell):

1765    Mathias Mittermayr, father-in-law of Georg Huber, produces inks to sell them in Germany and abroad
1797    Development of lithography by Alois Senefelder

1806    Company moves to Munich and cooperates closely with Senefelder

1812    Development of first cylindrical printing press by Friedrich Koenig

1885    Sons Michael Huber III and Julius inherit management of the Munich factory

1945    Reconstruction of the production facilities, damaged in World War II

1965    Change of location to Kirchheim-Heimstetten. 200-year anniversary

1977    Acquisition of Hostmann-Steinberg'sche Farbenfabriken, Celle A number of company foundings and acquisitions are strengthening the international market presence of the group

2002    All members of the hubergroup appear under the common hubergroup logo. Plenty of company foundings further cultivate the ambition to fully cover global availability and service excellence

2005    Product launch of first fully segregated, GMP conform production for folding box packaging printing inks under the Label MGA

2006    Major Expansion into the Asian market and backward integration by acquiring a majority of Micro Inks Ltd in India. Launch of the solvent-based Gecko printing ink system for flexo and gravure

2007    Launch of innovated sheetfed offset ink series under the common brand of !NKREDIBLE

2008    Launch of the water-based HYDRO-X printing-ink system for paper and board Launch of the NewV printing ink system for UV printing

2014    First company renaming activities towards a globally unified identity under the common brand hubergroup

2015    The two traditional companies Michael Huber München and Hostmann-Steinberg are transforming into hubergroup Deutschland. Many companies are changing their name in the year of the 250-year anniversary


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