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Keeping tank containers safe – from the inside

Family-owned HÜNI + CO is a specialised tanker coatings applicator. But it did not start that way, discovers James Graham

For more than 50 years, HÜNI + CO has supplied high-quality functional coatings in the field of anti-corrosion, non-stick and sliding coatings. It has also carved out a leading position in the ISO tank container coating market. This is far removed from the roots of the 160-year old company. HÜNI + CO was created as a leather tanning factory in Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany, by Hans Heinrich
Hüni. It has remained a family business: Peter Hüni, the fifth generation, took control in 1986 and his daughter, Alexa, joined the board in January 2016. Abandoning the leather business in the 1960s, the company entered the coating business. Alexa says: “HÜNI + CO is a highly specialised coating company, not a paint manufacturer. We source our materials from partner companies.”

Coating business
In 2002, the company entered the tank container logistics sector, when it met Jean-Claude Filhol from Prorely, in Lyon, France. Filhol’s grandfather had invented the highly chemical resistant coating material ‘Isolemail’, but the company had ceased operations. This allowed HÜNI + CO to acquire the exclusive global licence for the coating material, rebrand it ‘Proco- EMAIL, black’ and start lining ISO tank containers.
Alexa says: “This was the beginning of this niche business and we .......... To read the rest of this article please visit:-

November 13, 2017


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