Chem-Trend Promotes Water-based Technologies for Polyurethane Market

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Latest initiative for polyurethane processors includes one-on-one support at Foam Expo.

Chem-Trend, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and other ancillary molding products, will exhibit its line of customized processing aids at the Foam Expo in Novi, Michigan, February 28 to March 2, to further support manufacturing requirements of polyurethane foam processors.

Chem-Trend’s industry technicians will be available in Booth 729 to present its extensive line of solvent- and water-based processing aids to overcome all polyurethane manufacturing processing challenges. For processors working under strict HSE standards, the company’s water-based portfolio offers a more sustainable solution that is specially formulated to meet strict VOC regulations and air quality restrictions.

These solvent-free options help create safer working conditions and reduce odor while maintaining – and even exceeding – performance levels of solvent-based options on the market today. In addition to superior foam flow, Chem-Trend’s water-based portfolio also provides low buildup on machines and a non-greasy feel.

“Beyond meeting customer needs with innovative product developments, Chem-Trend is dedicated to customer success with a personal business approach that supports polyurethane processors onsite to overcome specific challenges,” said Joel Whicker, manager, Polyurethane, Chem-Trend. “It’s our strong network of global resources, sales representatives, technicians, and dedicated R&D facilities and labs that have positioned Chem-Trend as a true partner and problem solver for the polyurethane industry.”

Chem-Trend announced several growth initiatives in 2016, including an expansion project for its R&D facilities and labs at the global headquarters location and its acquisition of Huron Technologies, a custom mold release agents provider, to increase technology and product offerings for multiple market segments.

“Founded by the Lorentzen family, Chem-Trend has been a collaborative operation for more than 55 years, and those family values are still applied to all aspects of the business today,” said Whicker. “Support from our parent company Freudenberg, another family-owned business with decades of stability and deep heritage, along with industry partnerships, such as Chem-Trend’s recent acquisition of Huron Technologies, help create an even stronger portfolio of products and technologies to help our polyurethane customers meet all of their processing needs.”

Chem-Trend offers a full line of processing aids to address a broad range of polyurethane molding challenges, such as:

  • Cleaner molds
  • Better part release
  • Optimized surface finish
  • Higher-quality parts
  • Lower scrap rates
  • Reduced downtime
  • Tin-free solutions
  • Low-to-no VOC options
  • Compatibility with secondary operations

Serving the entire polyurethane industry, including raw materials, chemicals, manufacturing and process equipment, the Foam Expo is the nation’s first free event for technical foam processors.

For more information on these and other Chem-Trend products for the polyurethane industry, visit Booth 729 at the Foam Expo or 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

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