CVC Thermoset Specialties has a strong legacy of innovation
in specialty materials for thermoset applications.

CVC Thermoset Specialties - Our Legacy

CVC Thermoset Specialties was formed in 2008 when Emerald Performance Materials acquired CVC Specialty Chemicals. CVC was combined with Emerald’s Specialty Polymers business, which included Reactive Liquid Polymers and Specialty Nitriles. The combination created a new company with a stronger global reach and a legacy of innovation in specialty materials.

History of Emerald Specialty Polymers

Reactive Liquid Polymers

Emerald’s RLP product family is a unique, proprietary toughening technology that was originally developed by BFGoodrich. This technology enhances performance in a wide array of technically challenging thermoset end uses around the world. RLP products were sold for decades under the Hycar®* tradename by Emerald’s predecessor companies, BFGoodrich, Noveon and Lubrizol. Following the formation of Emerald in 2006, the products were rebranded as Hypro Reactive Liquid Polymers.

Since the initial introduction of this toughening technology in the 1970s, the company has introduced new products and technology enhancements. Also, the state-of-the-art ISO-9001:2015 certified manufacturing facility has undergone several expansions.

Hypro Reactive Liquid Polymers are telechelic synthetic rubber (polybutadiene or butadiene-acrylonitrile copolymers) with carboxyl, amino, vinyl (methacrylic), or epoxy functionality. The end-group functionality allows synthetic rubber properties to be incorporated into thermoset plastics, coatings, adhesives, and elastomers. The key benefits are improved toughness, adhesion, low-temperature properties, impact strength, and flexibility.

RLP Facility Akron, OH

Nitrile Specialty Latex

CVC Thermoset Specialties' Nitrile Latex business is the premier North American manufacturer of specialty butadiene and butadiene-acrylonitrile based latexes. These products are used in niche applications including paper, abrasives, tape, adhesives, specialty coatings, coated fabrics, coal tar sealing binders, and leather.

CVC’s long heritage producing nitrile latex dates back to the development of synthetic rubber latexes in the 1940s at BFGoodrich. For more than 50 years, the Nychem® product line was sold under the Hycar brand, which was well known for its quality and superior technology foundation. Emerald rebranded the product line following the divestiture of the business. These products are now manufactured at CVC’s ISO-9001:2015 certified operation in Akron, Ohio.

            * Hycar® is a registered trademark of the Lubrizol Corporation.

History of CVC Specialty Chemicals

Emerald Performance Materials acquired CVC Specialty Chemicals in 2008, but CVC was founded in 1982. Initially, CVC developed epoxies in the laboratory that were subsequently produced under contract by various manufacturers. In 1991, CVC expanded the business to include epoxy manufacturing, and by 1995 had become one of the leading US producers of substituted urea accelerators for curing agents.

In 1996, CVC purchased and expanded the 35,000-square-foot AKZO Chemical plant in Maple Shade, New Jersey to gain broader manufacturing and R&D capabilities. The Maple Shade plant, which is ISO-9001:2015 certified, has undergone three expansions since its initial startup. These expansions added specialized equipment to introduce new specialty epoxies for additional industries and applications.

CVC continued to expand the plant to support the production of specialized urea catalysts for the composite industry, and they recently added manufacturing capabilities for a new line of epoxy resins. The plant has equipment to manufacture specialty solid epoxies for adhesive and composite applications. It also has a computer-controlled batch continuous reactor complex to manufacture specialty glycidyl derivatives.

Akron, OH

Maple Shade, NJ

* Hycar® is a registered trademark of the Lubrizol Corporation.