Ina Hilker is Director of Business Research for Germany’s Felix Schoeller Group.
Founded in 1895, the Felix Schoeller Group is a family business with worldwide operations producing specialty papers. With around 2,290 employees, the renowned Osnabrueck-based company produced and marketed almost 296,000 ton of specialty papers in 2013, and posted a total turnover of 695 million euros. The company produces and markets specialty papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market, self-adhesive applications and for the furniture, wood-based products and wallpaper industry.
In addition to its Osnabrueck main site and headquarters, the Group has four other production facilities in Germany. It also has production facilities in the USA and Canada, and is involved in a joint venture in the Russian Federation. In addition, Felix Schoeller operates sales and service centers in Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Prague.
Ina joined Felix Schoeller in 1987 as photo market analyst and has been researching the global photo output market as well as other specialty paper markets, such as decorative paper, for over 25 years. She is a well-known speaker on imaging market dynamics at international trade events and is one of the few analysts today covering the global consumer photo industry as well as commercial digital printing.
After attending her first PMA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Chicago in 1988 – which was also her first trip to the USA ever – she has not missed a single annual PMA event. “PMA is essential for my work,” Ina says. “It is not only a great platform for networking with friends and colleagues from across the world, it also provides great opportunities to see new technology and hear about market trends.”
When Ina is not absorbed in analyzing paper markets, she loves to travel with her family and is an avid rower.