Chem-Trend, a global leader in the development and production of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and other ancillary molding products, and its parent company Freudenberg Chemical Specialities (FCS) announced the recent ground-breaking ceremony for the construction and expansion of its facilities in the Maisach Gernlinden area outside Munich, Germany. Chem-Trend’s European headquarters, already located at the site, will expand as part of the project to create an approximately $45 million complex that will also encompass facilities and services for two additional FCS business units, Klüber Lubrication Munich and OKS Specialty Lubricants. FCS is a member of the Freudenberg Group, a technology company active throughout the world.
When complete, the development will feature a newly created shared European logistics center for the three companies as well as state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities with additional office space and onsite storage capabilities for Chem-Trend.
“The new logistics center is extremely important for our companies,” said Hanno D. Wentzler, CEO of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities. “Over the past few years, the infrastructure at our sites in the Munich region and the facilities of some of our regional entities has increasingly restricted our activities. We can now eliminate these bottlenecks and further improve our ability to meet the needs of our customers in the years ahead.”
The groundwork for this expansion was laid in 2007 when Freudenberg acquired commercial property in the immediate vicinity of the existing Chem-Trend and OKS facilities in Maisach.
The complex, which will house about 120 employees collectively, is set to include 16,600 square meters in space for the logistics center, small container filling unit and administrative area. Another 2,700 square meters will be dedicated to the laboratories, technology center and additional offices. Further space will be reserved for storage areas, offices and technical systems. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2017.
“Tasks which have been distributed between different European FCS companies will be centralized at Maisach in the future,” said Hanno D. Wentzler. “With this development, our companies located there will have the space they need for production and expansion in line with their requirements. Our customers will also benefit from short delivery times as a result of the very good connections to national and international freight transport routes.”
For Chem-Trend, the expanded site further enhances its global presence and capacity to support growth throughout the region. “This represents a significant investment in our infrastructure and a continued commitment to delivering innovative technology and unparalleled service to our customers in European markets,” said Devanir Moraes, Chem-Trend president and CEO.