Rainer Heubach

»Today our chemicals expertise is propagated by the many chemists and technicians in Heubach development centers. Their knowledge provided the foundation stone of Heubach’s internationalization.«

Dear Friends of Heubach,

I am often asked how the Heubach family managed to continue the business over more than three generations. I believe different factors have contributed to this, as well as some luck. Essentially all 18 generations have shared the strength won through their spirit of innovation as well as the curiosity this gives rise to. This has contributed decisively to the fact that the family has consistently broken new ground over the last six centuries. The variety of their approaches reflects the diversity of their characters as well as the changing historical conditions they and their staff constantly needed to adapt to.

  • In the late 14th century the Heubach family pioneered the art of ornamental glass manufacturing.
  • The Greiner family (maternal line) and Johann Simon Heubach were amongst the first to manufacture porcelain in Europe.
  • Johann Gabriel Heubach – a pioneer in the production of porcelain dolls – started exporting his products to France, England and even America.
  • Julius West and Eduard Heuäcker (maternal line) manufactured pigments before the German industrial giant IG Farben was established and laid the foundation for Heubach's present activities.
  • In the late 19th century, staff at Heubach’s Langelsheim plant were honored by the Duke of Brunswick for technological innovation.
  • Friedrich Louis Heubach operated the first steam engine in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt and was presented with a gold medal for the exceptional quality of his pigments by Emperor Franz Joseph at the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna.
  • Karl Friedrich Heubach employed innovative process technologies to tenfold production.
  • My father Hans Joachim Heubach developed technological concepts that attracted leading scientists such as Franz Munk (Kubelka-Munk theory). Like his forebears, foresight and innovation were the factors that enabled him to rebuild the company he’d inherited three times in the face of irresistible historical forces.

Today Heubach’s extensive chemical expertise is propagated by the numerous chemists and technicians in Heubach development centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In the 80s, this knowledge provided the foundation stone to Heubach's internationalization and its diversification in the 90s. Our employee’s enthusiasm for technological and, increasingly, environmental improvements has helped make bright colors accessible to everyone and not just royalty or the very rich. For that, thanks and appreciation must go to our employees. But most of all I want to thank our customers, who use Heubach pigments in the coatings, plastics, printing inks, materials that go into our homes, cars, clothes, magazines and much more, for making our lives more colorful. 

Rainer Heubach