Institutional > Hübner Group's History

Hübner Group started its activities in 1980, when Mecânica Hübner was founded, in Curitiba, Paraná. The small company acted in the metal-mechanic area, producing highly complex parts, and grew step-by-step. In 1987 the company changed its name to Hübner Indústria Mecânica, and its headquarter to the industrial area of Curitiba, in its own plant of around 7,000 square meters. The company has been supplying parts to several assembly plants and their partners in the country, like Volvo, Volkswagen, General Motors, TRW, New Holland, Cummins, and has been growing expressively since then.

In 1990, Hübner launched the brand Auto Linea for the auto-parts' spare market. The company, that began producing engine blocks for Mercedes-Benz line, decided to enter in this market segment to become less dependant on the oscillations of the original parts' market.

Currently, Auto Linea sells blocks, heads, crankshafts, automatic brake adjusters, worm drives and steering sectors.

In 1996, after important changes in the shareholding control of the company, the Hübner Group started a new phase in its development, prioritizing the auto-parts' spare market and pushing a new dynamics to its businesses.

By the end of 1999, after a new restrucuring work in the company, it tore apart its businesses with assembly plants and with the auto-parts' spare market. In this period it was formed a joint-venture between the group and the north-american company AAM.

In December, 1999, the group acquired Fundição Trützschler, a foundry of grey and nodular cast iron, based in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, aiming to become self-sufficient in raw parts of cast iron, its main raw material for Auto Linea's parts. Today, the company is called Hübner Fundição, and it supplies parts for customers like Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Scania, Dana, AAM, John Deere, Valtra, Haas, Atlas Schindler, Trützschler, Pigozzi, Arvin Meritor, TRW, Caterpillar, Knorr-Bremse, MWM, Fontaine and Auto Linea itself.

In the year 2000, the group acquired the totality of Metalúrgica Gammetal - known today as Hübner Fundição de Alumínio -, foundry of non-ferrous metals based in Blumenau, Santa Catarina. This foundry produces parts in aluminum, bronze, brass and copper for companies like Trützschler, Tecumseh, Gerdau, Weg, Usiminas, Pigozzi, ZF and others. It also supplies raw aluminum parts for Auto Linea.

By the end of 2001, Hübner Indústria Mecânica moved to the town of Araucária, Paraná, in a 9,000 square-meters plant, plant that has the high-end in industrial technology, aiming to support the production of parts with up-to-date technology and quality.

In 2002, the Hübner Group acquired a new plant, Hübner Fundição - Unidade Impar. It is also based in Ponta Grossa, and located right in front of its current installations. Both of them can produce 2,400 tons of cast parts per month. With the acquisition of the foundries and the market's opportunities, Hübner Indústria Mecânica was again able to supply industrialized components to assembly plants and their partners.

During the year 2003, the group acquired Siderlinea Siderurgia, now called Hübner Siderurgia - Unidade Minas Gerais, based in São Gonçalo do Pará, Minas Gerais.

In July, 2004, Hübner Group announced the construction of the first plant in Southern Brazil to produce iron-gusa for foundries. This unit will be based in Ponta Grossa, next to the Group's cast iron foundries. With initial capacity to produce 8,000 tons/month, this plant will optimize the productivity of the Group's foundries.

In August, 2004, the Group presented a new company, Rodo Linea. Located in a wide and traditional industrial park in Curitiba, Paraná, it joins capacity and technology to produce transport supplies. Rodo Linea has a wide range of products that fit the needs of various areas of transportation.

After the acquisition of Hübner Siderurgia - Unidade Minas Gerais, the Hübner Group started to demand a lot of vegetal coal, that is one of the main raw materials needed for the production of iron-gusa. So the Group founded Bricarbras, in Jaguariaíva, Paraná, 120 km far from Ponta Grossa. The company develops technologies for wood waste agglomeration and production of vegetal coal.

Hübner Group is currently an important supplier for the automotive industry, being the assembly plants and their partners, or the capital goods' industries.

Currently, the Group has seven plants in Brazil, acting in reforestation, agglomeration, charcoal production, ironworks, casting, metalworking and road supplies. The development and integration between its companies consolidates the strategy of self-sufficiency of Hübner Group and strengthen the Group's position in its areas of activity.