MI: Chem-Trend to Expand R&D Facilities at Global HQ

12 Sep, 2016

Chem-Trend, a global leader in the development, production and marketing of high-performance release agentspurging compounds and other ancillary molding products, announced it will expand its R&D facilities at the global headquarters in Howell, Michigan, to allow for continued growth of its research and development activities and increased capabilities to provide customer support.

Chem-Trend’s research and development facilities will expand by approximately 50 percent with the project at its existing campus in Howell, which is home to both the company’s global and North American regional headquarters. The expansion is planned to accommodate additional world-class R&D facilities that include an applied research laboratory, an analytical laboratory featuring advanced chemical analysis equipment and state-of-the-art industry-dedicated laboratories that, in close collaboration with the company’s additional R&D laboratories around the globe, develop innovative technologies and deliver technical service to Chem-Trend’s worldwide customer base in the die casting, polyurethane, rubber, composites, tire, thermoplastics and wood composite industry segments.

Chem-Trend is working closely with local, county and state economic development officials on the initiative. Completion of the project is targeted for mid-2017.

“Chem-Trend differentiates itself through developing innovative technology backed by uncompromised customer service, and this expansion reconfirms our commitment to continue delivering advanced product technologies that address the evolving needs of our customers,” said Devanir Moraes, president and CEO, Chem-Trend. “As we look to the future, we are focused on increasing Chem-Trend's already industry leading level of R&D and technical support capabilities.”

Similar investments by Chem-Trend and its parent company Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS) have been completed in recent years at its locations in Brazil, India and China, with an additional expansion just announced for facilities in Germany in 2017. FCS is a part of the Freudenberg Group, which includes innovation and customer orientation among its guiding principles.

Chem-Trend is a global organization founded and headquartered in Howell, Michigan, with production facilities on four continents, offices or local representatives in 18 countries, and a distribution network covering more than 50 countries. The company has been a proud member of the local business community for more than 50 years. The Detroit Free Press has recognized the company as a “Top 100” work place in Michigan for the last four years.

For more information on these and other Chem-Trend projects, please visit our website.

About Chem-Trend 
Founded in 1960, Chem-Trend is a global organization focused on delivering value-adding solutions to improve quality, reduce costs and boost the productivity of molding and casting operations. Chem-Trend offers a globally integrated network of experienced, knowledgeable and insightful production and technical experts in all major manufacturing regions around the world. Chem-Trend serves global manufacturers through offices in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. As a member of the Freudenberg Group, Chem-Trend adheres to the group’s “Guiding Principles,” which include commitments to providing value for customers, innovation, leadership, encouraging the well-being and development of our people, corporate and personal responsibility, and a long-term orientation. Chem-Trend’s company culture, which is intertwined with the “Guiding Principles,” drives the organization to deliver exceptional value to its customers through its high standards for conduct. For more information, visit