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2/1/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Chem-Trend opens R&D laboratory in Maisach, Germany

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Chem-Trend’s new advanced technology center includes new equipment and dedicated laboratory space for its Thermoplastics, Polyurethane, and Wood Composite R&D teams.

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Chem-Trend (Howell, Mich., U.S.), developer and manufacturer of high-performance release agents, purging compounds, and other process chemical specialties, announced on January 29 the opening of an advanced research and development (R&D) laboratory space in Maisach, Germany, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Munich. The new lab space will enhance Chem-Trend’s existing R&D capabilities and joins Chem-Trend’s network of innovative laboratories across the globe.

Chem-Trend’s advanced technology center includes new equipment and dedicated laboratory space for its Thermoplastics, Polyurethane, and Wood Composite R&D teams. The company says “the expanded lab space — especially the new test field for product development, evaluation, and demonstration — is key to delivering elevated service to customers, with a special focus on Europe-based OEMs.”

Chem-Trend’s parent company, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS, Munich, Germany), has invested roughly 40 million euros ($45.5 million) into the expansive new facility, which spans almost 10 acres. Various parts of the facility will be used by FCS’s Chem-Trend, Klüber Lubrication and OKS business units. The integrated space includes areas for R&D, warehousing, training and administrative services.

“Chem-Trend’s R&D teams will benefit from additional lab space, yet the greatest value lies in the cooperative layout of the new laboratories, offices and test fields. The development lab is designed to foster easy communication and development synergies, and to provide cross-functional support,”says Devanir Moraes, president and CEO, Chem-Trend. “With these newly optimized R&D capabilities in Maisach, we are well positioned to accelerate our speed to market in Europe and keep our customers one step ahead.” 

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