Mold care products news: Chem-Trend acquires Zyvax

The two competitors in the mold release and mold maintenance business, are joining forces. Zyvax will become a brand within Chem-Trend.

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Chem-Trend (Howell, Mich.), a manufacturer of release agent solutions for multiple industries and applications, reported on July 15 that it has acquired competitor Zyvax Inc. (Ellijay, Ga.). Chem-Trend says the acquisition will enable the combined companies to offer customers and distributors an expanded portfolio of product technologies for use in growing advanced composites markets. Zyvax will become a brand within Chem-Trend.

“Today’s move will result in synergies derived from the innovation capabilities in release agent technology and the composites industry expertise of both companies, which will help us further enhance the product and service offering to our customers,” says Chem-Trend president and CEO Devanir Moraes. “With the acquisition of the Zyvax business, Chem-Trend will provide end-users and distributors with release systems and complementary molding process aids that create even greater value, efficiency and productivity in the development and manufacturing of FRP and advanced composite components.”

Zyvax, a recognized and respected maker of molding process systems, was founded in 1985 by Nancy Layman, who was an early leader in, and dedicated most of her career to, developing specialty release systems for the composites industry. According to Layman, it has always been her vision to drive innovation globally with the most efficient products for use in advanced composites manufacturing. Layman is confident that as Zyvax becomes part of Chem-Trend, the move will benefit the entire market and will continue her vision of strengthening and expanding the Zyvax brand throughout the world. Layman is actively supporting the transition, working with Chem-Trend and Zyvax customers toward a successful integration of the Zyvax product line as an integral part of the Chem-Trend portfolio.

“Much like Chem-Trend, Zyvax has advanced the industry with performance-oriented products, scientific know-how and forward thinking,” says Layman. “Our reputation mirrors that of Chem-Trend for high-quality release systems, leading-edge technology and manufacturing efficiency. Customers will enjoy the benefits of this seamless integration as Chem-Trend extends its portfolio in the aerospace and other advanced composites markets with Zyvax’s premium products and industry expertise.”

Zyvax was the first to market with a line of solvent-free, water-based release systems engineered to meet the requirements of advanced composite processes. Today Zyvax’s customers include major OEMs and molded parts manufacturers in the aerospace, wind energy, automotive, sporting goods and oil and gas markets.