The Hexagon story begins in July 2012, when Tom Sturgess's Tiri Group & Greg Howell, having owned/managed the business in a former chapter, successfully acquired 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 offset wine label manufacturer.
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 independent business model which Hexagon employs today.
In July 2014 we amalgamated our label assets into a combined parent company called Hexagon Holdings.
The formation of Hexagon was a signal that a set of resourceful private investors, notably 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 Hally Labels in Brisbane/Christchurch/Auckland, AC Labels in Sydney and Mark-it Labels in Christchurch. Hally joined 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.
In July 2017 Kiwi Labels and Mark-it Labels joined forces ... creating a larger, broadly-based business across multiple market verticals. Kiwi is operating from two Christchurch sites until March/April 2018 when operations come together, and continues to selectively use both Kiwi & Mark-it trading names.