Company History

Willy Huber established his own business enterprise, Dr. W. Huber AG, with the trademark, Huber the Nose.™ in 1980. His education in Chemistry began at the ETH in Zurich, where as trained organic synthetic chemist, he concentrated on the synthesis of complex organic molecules and, under Prof. Dr. A. Eschenmoser, wrote his doctoral dissertation on the synthesis of Vitamin B12. A post-doc followed at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the tutelage of Prof. E. J. Corey, Nobel prize winner in 1990, where he collaborated on the synthesis of physiologically-important and optically-active prostaglandins, an important group of hormones in biochemistry and medicine.


After a most rewarding and interesting professional academical career Willy Huber then restructured and relocated his father's business, Dr. E. Huber & Co. AG AG, to become Huber the Nose.™ specialised in flavors for the beverage and and food, and fragrances for the perfume, cosmetics, detergent and technical industries. Between 1979 and 1985, Dr. Willy Huber was President of the Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and member of the French and American sister affiliates.


Based on its high standards in development, quality control and manufacturing, Huber the Nose.™ today is recognized as a dependable and flexible partner in all aspects of flavors and fragrances. Technical and legal support are prerequisites for the creativity in these highly specialized fields.


Since 1990 the digitalization in business as well as in science started to revolutionize the world in many ways. Office work became more efficient, manufacturing became more controllable, and analytical support by technically sophisticated tools available. Huge quantities of data became manageable, and general or special information about almost everything became accessible.


Today, in our new facility of 50,000 sq. ft. in Zumikon’s industrial park, where Administration, R&D and Manufacturing are located, our staff is supported by routine analytical controls of incoming raw materials and outgoing products, computerized production and traceability reports. Computerized safe production procedures reduce fallible end products to a minimum.