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In this paper, a hybrid ant colony optimization (ACO) is used to solve a multiple response optimization problem with mixed-integer (MI) search space. The work reported in this paper may be clasified into three part. The first part discusses on relevant litratures and the methodology to solve multiple response optimization problem. The second part provide details on the working principal, parameter tuning of a hybrid ACO proposed for mixed integer state space. In the hybrid ACO, genetic algorithm (GA) is used for intensification of the search strategy. Standard single response (objective) test functions are selected to verify the suitability of hybrid ACO. The third part of this research work illustrates the application of the hybrid ACO in a multiple response optimization (MRO) problem. Statistical experimentation, partial least square regression, ‘maximin’ desirability function, and hybrid ACO is used to solve the MRO problem. The results confirm the suitability of the hybid ACO for a typical MI MRO problem.