13 September 2016
13 September 2016
Chem-Trend has announced the expansion of its R&D facilities at its global headquarters in Howell, Michigan, US to allow for continued growth of its research and development activities and increased capabilities to provide customer support.
Chem-Trend explains that its research and development facilities will expand by approximately 50 percent with the project at its existing campus, which is home to both its 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 its additional R&D laboratories around the globe, develop innovative technologies and deliver technical service to its worldwide customer base in the die casting, polyurethane, rubber, composites, tyre, thermoplastics and wood composite industry segments.
Chem-Trend says it 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.”
Chem-Trend adds that similar investments with 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.
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