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Zyvex and Arkema Announce Strategic Partnership

18 February 2005

Zyvex and Arkema are to collaborate in developing commercial nanomaterial applications.

Arkema, successfully meeting the requirements of Zyvex’s Supply Chain Level I and II Certification Programs, have developed Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs) which have already been incorporated into some of Zyvex’s NanoSolve products to improve the mechanical and electrical properties of the materials.

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 claim its 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 industries.

“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. Arkema is the first company to meet these requirements.






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