Zyvex and Arkema announce Strategic Partnership

Richardson, Texas (February 16, 2005)

Zyvex and Arkema today announced that they will jointly develop commercial nanomaterials applications. Arkema successfuly met the requirements of Zyvex.s supply Chain Level I and II Certification Programs. Arkema’s Mutli Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs) have already been incorporated into some of Zyvex’s NanoSolve® materials 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 commercialized nanomaterial 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 industries.

“We are excited to partner with Arkema,” said Robert Folaron, Zyvex’s 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 expercted 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.”

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