VAN NUYS, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Easton Sports has an 82-year history of leading the market by developing new materials to achieve enhanced performance in sporting goods. Easton's Bicycle Division recently announced its breakthrough in composite materials with the launch of their new proprietary material featuring Zyvex's Carbon NanoTube (CNT) additive, NanoSolve(TM). The division features NanoSolve CNT technology in many of its 2005 line of bicycle components. Zyvex, a leader in the processing of carbon nanotubes, was selected by Easton as the partner that best meets the goal of incorporating CNT technology effectively in its products. Utilizing breakthroughs from ongoing programs such as its NASA SBIR contract for composite development, Zyvex has earned a reputation as the leader in the commercialization of nanotechnology by providing materials, tools, and structures to meet real-world applications. "Easton, known for its innovation, originality, and ingenuity, has continued to raise the bar by offering innovative products based on the most advanced composite materials. We're pleased that our NanoSolve materials are an integral part of their product development," said Zyvex President Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA. While scientists have known about carbon nanotubes since 1991, their superior mechanical properties were inhibited by phase separation and clumping. Like throwing a wadded up steel cable into concrete, "it doesn't do much good, no matter how strong the cable is" according to Larry Carlson, VP of R&D at Easton, "Zyvex's technology helped us use the full properties of nanotubes, by unbundling them and integrating them into the composite material." Added John Harrington, Vice President of Easton Sports Bicycle Division, "we saw a large increase in the strength and toughness of the composite when the nanotubes were properly functionalized. With that achievement, we were able to create lighter and stronger bicycle components." Robert Folaron, Zyvex's Director of Product Development sees the commercialization of nanotechnology accelerating with such collaborations, "The Easton-Zyvex partnership offers an opportunity for two leaders to rapidly develop a CNT-enhanced composite and quickly adopt it into a product line. We're proud to help deliver the promise of nanotechnology to Easton's bicycle products." Carbon Nanotubes are molecules of pure carbon atoms joined together molecularly to form a carbon tube that is one billionth of a meter in diameter. Properly used, these nanotubes provide amazing strength and toughness to a composite system. A carbon nanotube is over 20 times stronger than steel, yet with only 1/6th its density. About the Companies Zyvex Corporation, based in Richardson, Texas, is the first molecular nanotechnology company. Zyvex's vision is to be the leading worldwide supplier of tools, products, and services that enable adaptable, affordable, and molecularly precise manufacturing. Zyvex commercializes nanotechnology to address real-world applications with high-growth potential. Zyvex carries its scientific breakthroughs into key commercial applications in the area of materials, tools, and structures. Easton Sports, Inc., based in Van Nuys, CA, is a world leader in high performance sporting goods equipment. Easton's Bicycle Division, one of its fastest growing business units, supplies frame tubing, forks, wheels, and accessories. It fuels its growth through innovative design, combined with the pioneering of advanced materials in both metals and composites. Easton is the world market leader of composite bicycle handlebars.
SOURCE Zyvex Corporation