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
SOURCE Zyvex Corporation; Arkema