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Carbon Nanotechnologies and DSM form Alliance

03 February 2003

Carbon Nanotechnologies Incorporated and DSM Venturing & Business Development will form a strategic alliance to develop new and improved performance materials by incorporating CNI's single-wall carbon nanotubes into DSM's performance materials.

Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), also known as Buckytubes, are cylindrical carbon molecules that are one billionth of a meter in diameter. At 100 times the strength of steel, this form of pure carbon is the strongest, toughest, stiffest material known. SWNTs also can conduct electricity and heat.

DSM's performance materials include polymer fibers and films based on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. The cooperation with CNI aims to further optimize mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness, energy absorption, abrasion and wear.

Bob Gower, CEO of CNI, said, ""This relationship with DSM marks another important step on our path towards fully commercializing single-wall carbon nanotubes. DSM is clearly a world leader in high-performance fibers and films. We believe that single-wall carbon nanotubes will lead to a new generation of DSM products.""

Robert Kirschbaum, vice president Innovation at DSM Venturing & Business Development, adds, ""Our expertise in performance materials combined with CNI's expertise in single-wall carbon nanotubes will result in materials that will grow our existing markets and may create new markets that are beyond our imagination.""





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