Easton Sports, Inc. Teams With Zyvex Corporation to Apply Carbon Nanotube Technology to Bicycle Products

Sep 01, 2004, 01:00 ET from Zyvex Corporation

    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
     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
     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