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Clare Goldsberry

September 19, 2016

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Chem-Trend acquires Huron Technologies, expands R&D facilities

Chem-Trend (Howell, MI), a global developer and marketer of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and ancillary molding products, announced the acquisition of Huron Technologies Inc. (Leslie, MI), a supplier of custom release agents and related products for multiple molding applications. The full product line from Huron Technologies is now an integral part of the Chem-Trend portfolio.

“This acquisition will help us strengthen our product offering to the polyurethane industry while providing us with unique growth opportunities into other segments, such as friction products and concrete molding,” said Chem-Trend President and CEO Devanir Moraes. “By adding the products of Huron Technologies to Chem-Trend, we will provide end users and distribution partners with a more comprehensive range of release systems and complementary molding process aids that create even greater value, efficiency and productivity.”

By combining the breadth of the two companies’ release agent technologies and product lines, Chem-Trend will be in a stronger position to help customers protect their tooling investment, maximize operational productivity and improve part quality, said Chem-Trend’s announcement of the acquisition. 

Chem-Trend also announced separately that it will expand its R&D facilities at the company’s global headquarters in Howell to allow for continued growth of its research and development activities, which will expand by approximately 50%.

The expansion will 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 R&D laboratories around the globe, develop innovative technologies and deliver technical services to Chem-Trend’s worldwide customer base in the die casting, polyurethane, rubber, composites, tire, thermoplastics and wood composite industry segments. 

Completion of the project is targeted for mid-2017.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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