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10/3/2013 | 1 MINUTE READ

Chem-Trend acquires Zyvax, Dieffenbacher buys Fiberforge, Axson US integrates CASS Polymers

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A flood of late-summer acquisitions in the composites community.


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Chem-Trend (Howell, Mich.), reported on July 15 that it has acquired Zyvax Inc. (Ellijay, Ga.). Zyvax will become a brand within the Chem-Trend product mix.

Zyvax 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. Zyvax was first to market with a line of solvent-free, water-based release systems engineered to meet the requirements of advanced composite processes. Layman is working with Chem-Trend and Zyvax customers for a successful integration of the Zyvax product line into the Chem-Trend portfolio.

Dieffenbacher (Eppingen, Germany) reported Sept. 13 that it had purchased machinery, expertise and intellectual property rights to the Relay automated tape-laying technology, developed by recently shuttered Fiberforge (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) to lay up flat thermoplastic composite “tailored blanks” for subsequent thermoforming as 3-D components.

Dieffenbacher intends to pursue applications using fiber tape structures alone, but also plans to integrate the tape layup technology into its LFT-D system to create Tailored LFT-D technology. The resulting components, with local UD-fiber tape reinforcement for specific applications, will subsequently be integrated into large-scale production lines to achieve high levels of structural rigidity at a low cost.

On Aug. 27, Axson Technologies (Cergy, France, and Eaton Rapids, Mich.) announced that it has acquired CASS Polymers of Michigan Inc. (Madison Heights, Mich.). It will be integrated into Axson US Inc. (Eaton Rapids, Mich.), and Axson Technologies will manage the acquired business and brands, which include Tool Chemical Composites (TCC), ADTECH Plastic Systems, ADTECH Marine Systems and Spartite.

According to Axson, the acquisition fortifies its focus on providing high-performance polymer formulations to the tooling, prototyping, structural adhesive and composites markets globally and, more specifically, in North America. Axson will continue to offer the TCC, ADTECH Plastic Systems, ADTECH Marine and Spartite lines, which include well-known trademarked products, such as Model Plank, Pattern Plank, Die Plank, Fixture Plank, ProBuild and other ADTECH Marine products.