The OBG Group acquires Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH)

We are pleased to announce that OBG Pharmaceuticals Ltd (OBG) has acquired Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH) the long established distributor of functional mineral fillers and additives. The business will form part of OBG’s Plastics Division, and will sit alongside Hubron Speciality Limited (HSL), an existing subsidiary of OBG.

HSL and RBH share many values in their approach to the business of principal distribution and representation in their chosen markets, the essence of which being business integrity, professionalism and fairness coupled with high levels of customer satisfaction.

Commenting on the completion of the acquisition, Padraic O’Brien OBG Group MD noted -“We are delighted to have RBH join the family. The longstanding relationships at the core of RBH fit with the sustainable long term approach to business taken by OBG. We look forward to supporting our broadened principal base to build on the opportunities that exist in UK manufacturing market.”

Peter Taylor RBH MD commented that – “OBG share the ethos of RBH: working with customers, promoting and supporting principals and providing a stimulating and supportive working environment for employees.   We are delighted to be part of the OBG Group and believe that working within OBG, and in particular alongside Hubron Speciality Limited, will allow RBH to grow and prosper and will be of significant benefit to our customers, principals and staff.    For our customers it will be very much business as usual.   For our principals and staff we believe that being part of the OBG Group will allow for on-going development and growth”

About OBG Group
OBG is a privately held business with interests in pharmaceuticals and industrial additives. It aims to unlock potential and profit through enabling entrepreneurial spirit in science-led markets. We value creativity in all areas of business, focus on sustainable enterprise above quick wins and believe strongly in celebrating the individuality of our employees, clients and all group companies.

About RBH Limited

Richard Baker Harrison Limited was founded by Mr. Richard Baker in London in 1858. The present organisation has emanated from subsequent acquisitions of a number of mineral and chemical trading companies.  In 1959 Richard Baker & Company Limited purchased the capital of W Harrison & Company Limited, and with its amalgamation in 1965 became Richard Baker Harrison Limited.  A further acquisition during this period was Kittle White & Company Limited, whose trading was also subsequently amalgamated with that of the parent organisation. RBH has sales across the globe in functional minerals and additives, into a diverse range of industry sectors.

About Hubron Speciality Ltd

Hubron Speciality Limited was founded in 1954 and has an enviable reputation as a principal distributor of functional additives and speciality modifiers to the wider polymers sector, supported by technical expertise.

The markets currently served include A&S; Coatings; Composites; Elastomeric; Thermoplastic; Thermoset and Urethane. Hubron joined the OBG Group in 2004, and has successfully expanded activities using wider Group resources.

Chris Ree – 25 Years Service Award

We were pleased to present Chris Ree with his 25 years service award last year…despite having been with the company for 34 years!!

Chris Ree

Although Chris joined Hubron in 1982, he left briefly in 1991, but rejoined the company later the same year, hence the 25 years continuous service award.

Chris has spent his career with the company in Quality Control and is currently a Shift QC Technician.

Chris has always been a keen sportsman, playing football for Radcliffe, as well as representing the Hubron Panthers five a side team ! However his main sports passion is now golf, playing off a single figure handicap.

We would all like to thank Chris for his important contribution to Hubron and to look forward to this continuing for many more years.

Hubron – A Successful 2016


Hubron International would like to take the opportunity to thank its clients and colleagues for a successful 2016 and wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a most prosperous and healthy New Year.

Hubron celebrates a hugely successful K-2016

Hubron is celebrating a highly successful appearance at the K 2016.


The UK company, who is a world leading manufacturer of Black Masterbatch, conductive concentrates and compounds, says the success of the exhibition is helping underpin its leading position in the manufacture of Black Masterbatch and reputation for exceeding client’s expectations for service and quality.

With more than 85% of products exported globally through a network of highly respected distributors and agents, the Hubron exhibition stand proved an ideal meeting place to introduce new potential customers to our existing distributors but also the possibility to meet potentially new distributors in new territories.

The show also gave the opportunity to showcase Hubron’s extensive range of conductive concentrates and specialist Black Masterbatch product range.

The K-Show is the world’s largest plastics exhibition, with visitor attendance this year’s exhibition exceeding 230,000.


During the eight-day show, Hubron welcomed visitors from more than 30 countries to their stand and have received more than 250 new enquiries as a result.

Business Development Director, Derek Hepburn said: “Hubron is a regular exhibitor at the K-Show, which gets bigger and better each time. This year’s show has been extremely positive for Hubron and we were able to introduce ourselves to a wide range of companies from a variety of business sectors. We are pleased to be leaving Dusseldorf with several new commercial trials and development projects to progress.”

Hubron Launches its New Website

Hubron International Limited, a leading provider of black masterbatches, conductive compounds and composites, has announced the launch of a new and much anticipated website redesign.

The redesign includes technological and aesthetic enhancements which provide improved navigation, better organization of content that also incorporates SEO, and utilize current web technologies. Hubron intends for the new design to better meet the needs of customers and visitors by making the site more functional, intuitive, and appealing for site visitors. In addition, the site has been updated to feature the new Hubron logo and branding elements.

Enhancements to the web site include:

  • Clean, fresh look with easy-to-navigate layout
  • Streamlined solution and service offerings
  • New features including downloads of details for recommended Hubron grades by application and process area
  • Quick links for social media
  • Search capability
  • Scalable to mobile devices
  • Improved Distributor Search

“I’m very proud to unveil Hubron’s’ new website design” Hubron’s Business Development Director, Derek Hepburn said. “Our goal was to create a site that allows for a very positive user experience and adds value by providing useful information for visitors. We hope the new website re-design will help achieve this objective.”

Hubron at K-2016 Exhibition

Hubron (International) Limited, a leading manufacturer of Black Masterbatch, Conductive Compounds and Concentrates is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at K-2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany from the 19-26 October. In attendance will be key personnel both from Sales and Hubron’s Technical Departments.

K has been and still is the largest international trade fair for plastics and rubber. Taking place once every three years, it is the preferred place for the leading raw material producers, semi-finished product suppliers and machinery manufacturers to offer an overview of the latest technical developments, procedures and techniques, as well as future trends.

New Business Manager for South America , Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean

Hubron (International) Ltd, a manufacturer of Black Masterbatch is pleased to announce that it has appointed Robert McClean as International Business Manager for distribution sales and management across South America , Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Prior to joining Hubron Robert was European Business Manager for Smith & Nephews Extruded film division, specialising in a variety of PP/PE/PU film, net and foam applications across Europe in a wide range of industries including Medical, Automotive and agriculture.

Robert commented on his new role ”Hubron has a long history and prestige very much like Smith & Nephew and I relish the opportunity to utilise these qualities in developing both our existing and new business opportunities in my defined regions around the world in collaboration with our distribution partners”

Thermoplastic Pipe Market $74,996.6 Million by 2019 at a CAGR of 6.2%

A recent report by Markets and Markets, “Thermoplastic Pipe Market by Polymer Type (PE, PVDF, PVC, PP & PA), by Application (Oil & Gas, Municipal, Mining & Dredging & Chemicals), by Region (APAC, North America, Latin America, Europe and Middle East & Africa) – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019″, is identifying that the demand for thermoplastic pipe will grow at 6.2% CAGR through 2019 to reach approx. USD75bn by 2019.

The report identifies the rise in the demand for municipal and chemical applications in Asia as the prime driver for the growth of the market.

The thermoplastic pipe market was estimated to be 25,821.9 kiloton in 2014, and is projected to reach 33,742.3 kiloton by 2019, at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2014 to 2019. In terms of value, it is expected to grow from an estimated $55,430.2 Million in 2014 to $74,996.6 Million by 2019. Increasing usage of thermoplastics in the oil & gas industry, particularly in deepwater and ultra-deepwater applications, is one of the drivers of this market. Extensive use of polyethylene pipes for water and wastewater municipal applications are also contributing to the growth of this market.

Hubron provides high performance masterbatches specifically developed for high pressure and non-pressure pipe, including PE100, PE80, XLPE, PVC (bi-orientated and cPVC), PP, ABS, PBT, PA etc. Please contact us for details.

Hubron in the News – Industry workshops aim to bridge graphene knowledge gap

Business leaders have been getting to grips with Manchester’s ‘wonder material’ in a series of industry workshops to mark Graphene Week.

Held at the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI) in the city centre around 75 delegates were introduced to the commercial potential of the world’s thinnest material.

The series of lectures and networking opportunities were organised by the Business Growth Hub and University of Manchester to encourage local SMEs to explore the advantages of working with graphene.

Opening the session hub director Richard Jeffery described graphene as a’ huge opportunity for the city and beyond’ and integral to the ‘overall story of what Manchester is all about.’

He said: “The investment that is going on here makes Manchester one of the first places in the world that can take graphene right through the process from early research to commercial use.”

He also encouraged attendees to get the graphene story out to their networks after finding out what it meant for them and their businesses.

Before adding: “Devolution is going to enable us to offer an even more integrated approach to helping more companies.”

The morning session was split into four lectures encompassing electronics, composites, membranes and biomedical functions.

Ivan Buckley, project manager at the NGI described graphene as ‘the material of the future in a revolutionary city’.

This set the scene with presentations on how graphene could potentially be used for everything from roll up mobile phone technology to helping people walk again.

Academics admitted it is still early days for the ‘young’ material and there is a need to set a benchmark in the industry.

While business figures said they were looking for a ‘common language’ between scientists and industry experts to maximise the commercialisation of graphene.

Steve Bennett, a headhunter for Transition Plus in the north west said: “Perhaps the challenge for graphene is to develop mutually understandable language between business and academia.”

He also asked who was going to draw up the priorities for where graphene is going to be applied, as industry will be looking for a real return on the money.

“It is not a criticism but from a business point of view it has to have a return on investment and a clear priority.

“It is great to see the academic enthusiasm here and I think we should do anything we can to encourage that but the real challenge will be that business engagement.”

Dr Ania Servant, a knowledge exchange fellow at the institution said: “We can not determine where the killer application is going to come from, I think the priorities will come from industry rather than from here.”

While business director James Baker said a ‘common language’ is at the forefront of what the NGI is doing by bringing research together with the 42 industry partners at the university.

David Hardman of textile manufacturing company Lantex praised the workshops after attending to ‘learn more about the possible applications of graphene.’

Taking particular interest in the biomedical side, he said there was scope to combine fabrics with graphene-based products to target pain or inflammation in the body.

“Graphene is absolutely revolutionary and it has been a real eye-opener”, he added.

Failsworth masterbatch manufacturer Hubron also believe graphene can enhance their industry.

Business development director Derek Hepburn said they have the technology to put graphene into the process but it is still about finding an end market.

He said: “There is still a bit of skepticism coming from industry but I think everyone can recognise the potential for graphene.

“It is now about differences in cost and yield and whether to use pure graphene.”

Taken from Manchester Evening News, 22nd June 2015 by Lucy Roue

Hubron and Performance Colour Systems – a new force in Africa

Hubron (International) Limited is pleased to announce its new distribution partnership agreement with Performance Colour Systems Pty.

The new partnership becomes effective January 2015. Keith Simms, Managing Director of Hubron visited South Africa in January to meet with the Performance team and explore growth opportunities.

The Performance Colour Systems team hosted technical presentations in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, announcing the partnership between these two Masterbatch giants. Keith led the countywide visit with in-depth discussions about Black Masterbatch and related technologies.

Hubron has a black masterbatch manufacturing capacity of 35,000 tons per annum and has been supplying the South African market since 1997. The link with Performance will further ensure that our customers have additional stock locally available throughout South Africa, combined with excellent technical support.

Hubron has an extensive range based upon many different polymer carriers, which are suitable for a wide variety of applications and processes, including pipe, fibres, film, sheet, compounding and injection moulding.

Chad Francis, who heads up the PCS organisation mentioned just how important it is to stayed ahead of the technology frontier and keep on learning.

“Our suppliers, and the partnerships we create through these relationships are the ultimate differentiator”. Chad goes on to say that new ways of making quality material are a must for PCS to remain leaders in their industry.

The Hubron/Performance partnership is an exciting one, which could be a game changer in the Africa plastics market. The manufacture of granular Masterbatch is a challenging technology and these kinds of relationships are welcomed, and most certainly needed in South Africa.

Conductive Concentrates and Composites – Hubron Present at Masterbatch Asia 2015

Dr Derek Hepburn, Hubron’s Business Development Director presented to an enthusiastic audience in Singapore at the first AMI Masterbatch Asia conference.

The presentation covered the principle considerations needed when designing a polymer composite where conductivity or electromagnetic shielding is required. A full copy of the presentation is available on request using the contact tab on the Hubron website

Graphene Flagship

In 2013, The European Commission launched the EU’s biggest research initiative ever – The Graphene Flagship. A ten year, one billion Euro programme, striving to take graphene from academic laboratories to the market-place. This requires the active involvement of many players, including entrepreneurs and investors. As part of this initiative, a Graphene Connect workshop is taking place Monday 22 June, during Graphene Week in Manchester, UK (June 22 – 26 2015).

Hubron are pleased to be present at the event sharing its experience and knowledge of the use of Graphene, Graphite and Carbon nano tubes (CNT’s) in polymer compounds. Please see us during the event to discuss your needs and how we can offer you solutions for incorporating graphene-based products in polymers.