The Hexagon story begins in July 2012, when Tiri Group (Sturgess Tennant Astley) & Greg Howell, having owned/managed the business in a former chapter, successfully acquired Auckland-based Rapid Labels.
Then in January 2013, Tom Sturgess & Mercury Capital purchased the Blue Star NZ & Webstar NZ businesses. Bundled inside that group was Panprint, a specialist Auckland-based wine label converter.
When GEON NZ went into receivership late February 2013, we moved quickly to acquire the assets of Kiwi Labels in Christchurch. Once secured, the business was safely separated away from the GEON liquidation.
It was in those initial years that a label collective of Rapid/Panprint/Kiwi, led by CEO Greg Howell, formulated the 'independently-competitive' business model which Hexagon employs in NZ today.
In July 2014, we consolidated our label assets to be owned by a holding company, which we called Hexagon.
The formation of Hexagon was a signal that a set of resourceful private investors, led by Sydney-based Mercury Capital, intended to increase their involvement in Australasian labels.
Late 2015 we emerged from a contested sale process as successful bidders for the Hally Group. This included acquiring Hally Labels in Brisbane/Christchurch/Auckland, AC Labels in Sydney and Mark-it Labels in Christchurch. We were delighted to welcome the impressive Hally enterprises to Hexagon in December 2015.
Then in early 2016 the family of the late Rob Warren, along with Steve Cowie, selected Hexagon as appropriate owners of Adhesif Labels. Under Rob's direction, Adhesif has been a leader in NZ & AU labels for 35 years. It was a meaningful moment when Adhesif joined Hexagon in April 2016.
During 2016, in Sydney, AC Labels was fully integrated into Hally Labels, creating Hally NSW, a platform for expanding our market position in that critical market.
Kiwi Labels and Mark-it Labels joined forces in July 2017 ... creating a larger, broadly-based business across multiple market verticals. The merger has been profoundly successful. Kiwi's two Christchurch sites combined in Heathcote, simultaneous with the arrival of new converting capability & capacity.
Hally NSW celebrated a key milestone in March 2018, taking possession of an all-new purpose-built facility in Greystanes Quarry industrial park. We also recently (Sep-20) added a NSW Distribution Centre, in Greystanes.
In April 2018, Rapid Labels acquired the trading assets of Panprint. Clients, equipment & staff migrated to Rapid. This has been an important strategic move, enhancing Hexagon's competitive position in New Zealand wine and opening up Rapid's world-class wine embellishment suite for Panprint's prestigious client base.
In February 2019, Hally's Queensland plant installed a Ravenwood Coater for linerless wraps used in VSP (vacuum skin packaging) retail-ready protein. Hally Labels are a licensed Ravenwood linerless wrap 'printer' for the ANZ region. This has proved an impactful initiative by Hally, cementing leadership in Australasian red meat labeling. Demand for VSP linerless packaging is strong, driven in part by the imperative to reduce food waste.
In February 2021, Hally AU & Adhesif AU joined forces - creating a single Australian business under the Hally brand. Adhesif NSW staff/equipment have successfully relocated to the Hally site in Greystanes. All labels for Australian clients are now converted locally in AU.
In April 2021 we completed the acquisition of Label Partners, prestigious wine specialists in Adelaide. The business is trading strongly, as Label Partners (a division of Hally Labels Pty Limited).
On 1/7/21 it was announced that Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) and Hexagon have executed a binding agreement, whereby MCC will acquire 100% of the shares in Hexagon and all subsidiaries. The transaction will complete in due course. All arrangements with employees, clients and suppliers of Hexagon businesses will continue seamlessly.