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™ 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® supply range.
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 transferring the
intrinsic properties of carbon nanotubes into composite materials for
the Sporting Goods, Aerospace, Defense, and Automotive industries.
“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™ MWNT range.”
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.