HOWELL, Mich. — Chem-Trend, a world market leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of high-performance release agents, purging compounds, and other process chemical specialties, today announced 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 parent company, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS), has invested roughly €40 million ($45.5 million) into the expansive new facility – spanning 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, dining, and administrative services. This major investment primarily aims to amplify excellent service, enhance technical support, and advance development capabilities for its customers over the long term.
Chem-Trend’s advanced technology center includes new equipment and dedicated laboratory space for its Thermoplastics, Polyurethane, and Wood Composite R&D teams. The center combines a future-oriented layout with maximum flexibility to address future growth and industry shifts. 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 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,” commented 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.”
This latest investment continues a movement for both Chem-Trend and FCS: enhancing laboratory spaces, development, testing equipment, and increasing R&D personnel around the world. These updates allow Chem-Trend to develop the latest testing methodologies to create breakthrough technologies for its customers. Chem-Trend is focused on helping its customers become more productive, more efficient, safer, more sustainable, and more prepared for what’s to come. Through a global supply chain, customers have access to Chem-Trend’s discoveries worldwide, with regional teams ready to customize solutions for their specific needs.