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Heubach celebrates its 210 year anniversary

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Heubach celebrates its 210 year anniversary. The leading producer of colour and special pigments as well as pigment preparations are currently planning further capacity increases in the USA and Germany.

Heubach's production site in Langelsheim, Germany. Source: Heubach

Heubach's production site in Langelsheim, Germany. Source: Heubach

Although Heubach's history dates back to the 14th century, we entered the pigment business with the founding of the 'Goslarer Farbenwerke' (Goslar Colorants' Works) in 1806. Today, exactly 210 years later, Heubach is one of the leading producers of colour and special pigments as well as pigment preparations for a wide variety of uses, from the ink, paint, plastics and building industries through to latex and seed production.

International expansion

International expansion began under the direction of Rainer Heubach, who took over from his father Dr. Hans Heubach in 1973, with the founding of Heubach Inc. in the USA. The company took further steps towards internationalization with the founding of Heubach Colour Ltd. in India (1994) and the Hangzhou Heubach Pigment Co. Ltd. in China (2009). Through strategic acquisitions, such as the incorporation of Bayer's Lightfast business and Avecia's (ex ICI) organic pigment portfolio, Heubach has been able to continually improve its position as a manufacturer of organic and inorganic colour pigments.

Focus on functionalisation and handling

In close collaboration with our clients, Heubach is also focussed on continuing to develop both new and improved organic and inorganic colour pigments as well as corrosion protection pigments. Here, our focus is on functionalisation, simplified handling, sustainability, improved application technology and colouristic properties along with economic optimisation. On top of all this, the Heubach Group currently has an R&D project working on the intensification of the forward integration in pigment preparations and, in connection with this, the further development of corresponding product lines for the plastics, colourant and paint industries.

Production capacity increase in India

As a consequence of comprehensive development work, we have established an optimised process to increase the production capacity of phthalocyanine crude at our location in India, and what's more, we have built a new plant for producing "PB60-crude". These backward integrations represent our investment in the quality and availability of strategically important product lines. Further capacity increases in the USA and Germany are currently in the planning phase.

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