Zyvex and Arkema Announce Strategic Partnership

Feb 16, 2005, 00:00 ET from Zyvex Corporation from ,Arkema

    RICHARDSON, Texas and PARIS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex and Arkema
 today announced that they will jointly develop commercial nanomaterials
 applications.  Arkema successfully met the requirements of Zyvex's Supply
 Chain Level I and II Certification Programs.  Arkema's Multi Wall Carbon
 Nanotubes (MWNTs) have already been incorporated into some of Zyvex's
 NanoSolve(TM) products to improve the mechanical and electrical properties of
 the materials.
     A recognized industry leader, Arkema recently announced their
 nanotechnology development efforts with a process to produce and distribute
 high-quality, multifunctional MWNTs.  Their production capabilities currently
 enable them to manufacture 5,000 kg per year of high-purity nanotubes at their
 Lacq site (France).
     Zyvex commercializes nanomaterials with their NanoSolve product line,
 providing additives and concentrates with exfoliated and dispersed
 nanomaterials, with adhesion to various polymers.  Zyvex NanoSolve can deliver
 enhanced thermal, electrical, or mechanical properties by selectively
 transferring the superior intrinsic properties of carbon nanotubes into
 composite materials for the Sporting Goods, Aerospace, and Automotive
     "We are excited to partner with Arkema," said Robert Folaron, Zyvex
 Director of Product Development.  "They consistently produce extremely high
 quality multi-wall nanotubes.  We are confident that Arkema can scale their
 production technology to match the expected increase in industrial demand.
 This alliance further enhances our position as a nanotechnology leader and
 strengthens our globalization efforts in Europe, North America and Asia."
     "Zyvex's NanoSolve product line provides superior dispersion capabilities,
 which are valuable to our efforts in nanomaterials," said Christian Collette,
 Arkema Vice President - R&D.  "We look forward to participating in joint
 development efforts with Zyvex and continuing to supply MWNTs for their
 commercial applications."
     "The Supply Chain Certification process is an integral part of Zyvex's
 ability to provide high-quality nanomaterials solutions for customer
 applications.  Companies who maintain the consistent level of quality
 necessary for their products to be used in Zyvex's commercial applications can
 qualify for Level II Certification.  Arkema is the first company to meet these
     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.  http://www.zyvex.com
     A global chemical player, Arkema consists of three coherent and balanced
 business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance
 Products.  Present in over 40 countries with 18,600 employees, Arkema achieves
 sales of 5 billion euros.  With its six research centers in France, the United
 States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds
 leadership positions in its principal markets.  http://www.arkemagroup.com
     Contact Information
     For more information regarding Zyvex's Supply Chain Certification Program
 and NanoSolve(TM) Product Line, contact Marni Rutkofsky, Chemist and Technical
 Sales Representative for NanoSolve Materials, at mrutkofs@zyvex.com or at
     For Zyvex media information, contact Katharine Green, Director of
 Corporate Communications, at kgreen@zyvex.com or at 972.792.1620.
     For Arkema technical information, contact Dr. Daniel Bernard, Senior
 Advisor Science and Technology at Daniel.Bernard@arkemagroup.com or at
     For Arkema media information, contact Jacques Badaroux, Senior Advisor of
 Science and Technology at jacques.badaroux@arkemagroup.com or
 +; or Stephanie Tahon at stephanie.tahon@arkemagroup.com or

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