Chem-Trend Introduces New Products for Composite Industry

March 09, 2010

Products brought to market in conjunction with JEC Composites Show in Paris

Hamburg, Germany – Chem-Trend a leading global manufacturer of release agents and other process chemical specialties for the composite and other manufacturing industries, announced today that it is introducing several new release agents for the composite industry. Chemlease® 2185 and Chemlease® 2191W are being introduced in conjunction with the JEC Composites Show, April 13 – 15, 2010, in Paris. Chem-Trend will be located in Booth number J 56. The products being introduced are part of Chem-Trend’s Chemlease® family of release agents, mould sealers and mould cleaners for the composite industry.

Chemlease® 2185 semi-permanent, hybrid release agent allows for transition from wax release technology

Chem-Trend’s new semi-permanent, hybrid release agent allows customers who have traditionally used a wax release agent to transition to a fully semi-permanent release agent. The use of a semi-permanent release agent contributes to economic gains for customers currently using wax based release agents due to reduced down time achieved by much faster application of the product, its ability to provide multiple releases, extension of tool life, and elimination of unnecessary wax buildup that would require extensive tool cleaning. The new semi-permanent, hybrid release agent is easy to use, the liquid being wiped on to the mould after proper cleaning, and then easily buffed to provide an excellent surface finish after a short drying time. Like a conventional wax, the new semi-permanent, hybrid release agent is easily visible to the operator during application, adding a level of comfort when transitioning from wax to the Chemlease® semi-permanent release system. It is easily applied within standard processing temperature ranges.

Curing time is nominal, in the area of 30 minutes depending upon the mould temperature at time of application. In comparison to conventional waxes, the Chemlease® product requires fewer applications, minimises buildup, and requires no strenuous buffing for removal, whilst ensuring good, clean multiple releases; all leading to a considerable increase in productivity

Chemlease® 2191W water-based release agent ideal for epoxy prepregs, including use in the aerospace industry

Chem-Trend’s water-based, semi-permanent release agent is an easy-to-use release agent for manufacturers of advanced composite components, particularly those in the aerospace market using epoxy prepregs. The release agent is especially effective for vacuum bagged epoxy carbon fiber prepreg components. The product provides a superior alternative to customers desiring to move to a water-based system from one that is solvent-based.

The Chemlease® water-based release agent does not require a sealer in most cases when used on high quality mould surfaces in aerospace and other epoxy prepreg applications. The release agent is applied easily either by wiping or spraying on, providing a glossy surface finish if buffed, or a matte finish if simply allowed to dry.

 distinct advantage of the Chemlease® release agent is its ability to be applied to moulds at varying temperatures, thus reducing down time by letting the mould cool too much, as is sometimes needed when using a conventional solvent-based release agent. The release agent requires a minimal number of coats to become effective, with short dry times between applications. Once the final coat has been applied, only one hour (minimum) of cure time is required. Minimal transfer of the release agent and multiple releases also contribute to productivity in the manufacturing process.

About Chem-Trend

Chem-Trend, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2010, is a global organization with sales offices in 17 countries and distributors in more than 50 countries that are supported by their headquarters in Michigan. Chem-Trend has a singular focus of formulating and manufacturing innovative chemical specialties for use in the die casting, rotational molding, general rubber, polyurethane, tire, thermoplastic and composite industries. By becoming directly involved in the customer's process Chem-Trend applies its knowledge and development expertise to provide the customer with customized solutions to problems and to improve productivity. At the core of its business are industry-standard mold release agents, die lubricants, tire paints and purging compounds engineered to maximize productivity while delivering high-quality finished parts. For information about Chem-Trend products, visit www.chemtrend.com.

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