Chem-Trend (Howell, Mich.), a developer and producer of high-performance mold release agents and casting lubricants, is increasing its global presence by expanding facilities in China, Brazil and India. Investments include manufacturing and R&D facilities, and are helping Chem-Trend to support specific industry growth in each country; provide class-leading, on-site customer service; enhance quality; increase product availability; and reduce supply chain time.
“Customer proximity and hands-on customer service have always been at the core of our successful global growth,” says Devanir Moraes, Chem-Trend president and CEO. “We work locally to better meet the ever-increasing requirements of our customers and to provide tailor-made answers to their specific manufacturing needs.”
Among the expansions, Chem-Trend is working in partnership with sister company SurTec in Valinhos, Brazil, on the development of a completely new administration, laboratory and manufacturing complex slated to open in mid-2015. The new production site will accommodate continued growth in the region, and includes an expanded laboratory with enhanced capabilities to further support its customers’ manufacturing processes and product development, while securing greater flexibility in product localization.
In Mysore, India, expansion is underway in partnership with Chem-Trend’s sister companies OKS and Klüber Lubrication, both part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialities business group. The project includes administrative and warehouse facilities, a technical center and manufacturing operations, which are all located in the FCS complex.
In Qingpu, China, a $24 million investment is occurring in partnership with Chem-Trend’s sister company Klüber Lubrication, also part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialities business group. The Qingpu facility, located approximately 30 miles west of downtown Shanghai, opened in 2008 and currently produces process chemical specialties, including release agents, lubricants and other manufacturing aids. Expansion includes a new R&D center that will enable the company to develop distinct product solutions for customers in the region, as well as areas for application testing and engineering, and special laboratories dedicated to release agents, process aids and lubricants.
In Maisach, Germany, the company has expanded its thermoplastic and polyurethane global R&D centers.