Maastricht, Netherlands -- Chem-Trend, a global supplier of release agents, will exhibit solutions for some of the polyurethane industry's biggest challenges at stand no 1700 at UTECH Europe 2012, 17-19 April in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Chem-Trend will showcase new options for integral skin foam moulding, water-based options and tin-free formulations.
"The polyurethane industry is constantly changing. New regulations, trends and technologies all affect our customers' processes," said Amanda Pugh, business development director - Polyurethane, in a company statement.
"Our technical and manufacturing experts spend thousands of hours on plant floors around the globe, giving us the deep insight to understand how these changes will affect our customers' processes so we can quickly develop effective solutions."
Chem-Trend says its water-based and wax-free solutions for integral skin foam manufacturing provide a proper finished surface appearance, whether low-gloss or high-gloss, on the moulded part while meeting customers' manufacturing, environmental and safety requirements.
"Because we understand our customers' specific process and requirements, we can customise water-based and wax-free solutions that provide a consistent surface appearance and gloss with no marring," said Pugh. "These solutions maximize productivity and provide cleaner and safer working environments while meeting the most demanding specifications and operating conditions."
Chem-Trend also offers low-VOC and VOC-free products that meet regulations in the European Union and elsewhere, limiting volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. The company says its water-based mould release agents successfully replace solvent-based types in production while maintaining part quality requirements.
"Our water-based products perform to the same high standard as solvent-based products, and they're developed to have minimal, if any, process changes for our customers," Pugh said.
Chem-Trend said it plans to increase production of water-based products this year to meet increasing demands.
Meanwhile, Chem-Trend has products for polyurethane applications to meet recent demands, such as in the footwear industry, to eliminate heavy metals from manufacturing processes. Chem-Trend offers tin-free release agents that perform as well as formulations that contain tin.
"The scientists in our polyurethane laboratory understand the complexities of polyurethane moulding, so we can really focus on what is currently challenging our customers and finding a solution," Pugh said. "In that way, Chem-Trend acts as an extension of our customers' R&D staff."