Zyvex and Arkema Strengthen Strategic Partnership in Nanomaterials

Jun 08, 2006, 01:00 ET from Zyvex Corporation; Arkema

    RICHARDSON, Texas and PARIS, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex and Arkema
 today have announced their intention to strengthen their strategic
 partnership by jointly developing commercial nanomaterials applications.
 Through a new licensing arrangement, Arkema will use Zyvex's patented
 Kentera(TM) dispersion technology, in conjunction with its own Multi Wall
 Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs). Arkema will also be the exclusive distributor in
 Europe of Zyvex's NanoSolve(R) product line.
     A recognized industry leader, Arkema produces and distributes
 high-quality multiwalled nanotubes (MWNTs). Its production capabilities,
 opened at the beginning of 2006, currently enable Arkema to manufacture 10
 tons per year of high-purity MWNTs at its Lacq site (France). With this new
 facility, Arkema is planning a commercial development to fulfill the
 expectations of converters in the thermoplastics, epoxy resins, elastomers
 and coating sectors. Progress is also expected in the field of energy in
 which the use of carbon nanotubes should help manufacture energy-efficient
 batteries, super-capacitors and fuel cells.
     "We are delighted to partner with Arkema since they consistently
 produce extremely high quality multi-walled nanotubes," said Zyvex
 President Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA. "This alliance demonstrates the
 technical prowess and capabilities of our R&D pioneers who have developed
 novel and patented technologies in the nanomaterials arena. This
 partnership further enhances our position as a nanotechnology leader in
 Europe, North America and Asia."
     Zyvex is recognized worldwide as a leader in nanomaterials
 applications. Under the NanoSolve brand, the company markets additives and
 concentrates with exfoliated and dispersed nanomaterials, with adhesion to
 various polymers. Zyvex's NanoSolve products can deliver enhanced
 mechanical and electrical properties in polymers by selectively
 incorporating the intrinsic properties of carbon nanotubes into composite
 materials for the Sporting Goods, Aerospace, Defense, and Automotive
     "Zyvex's NanoSolve product line provides superior dispersion
 capabilities, which are valuable to our efforts in nanomaterials," said
 Christian Collette, PhD, 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."
     "With Zyvex's NanoSolve product line, we can now offer the market
 probably the most relevant technical solution for high-tech composite
 nanomaterials developments," said Jean-Marc Corpart, PhD, Arkema Director
 of New Business Developments � R&D. "It will perfectly complement Arkema's
 current Graphistrength(TM) MWNT products."
     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.
     A global chemical player, Arkema consists of three related and
 integrated business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and
 Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees,
 Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros (2005). 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.arkema.com

SOURCE Zyvex Corporation; Arkema