NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2005--Easton
Sports, the leading manufacturer of sporting
goods equipment, today unveiled a new material
technology that will forever change the sport
of baseball. After years of research and development
Easton has teamed up with Zyvex to introduce
CNT: carbon nanotube technology, an advancement
that will revolutionize composite design and
elevate the performance of players around the
globe, according to Mike Zlaket, vice president
of baseball/softball for Easton Sports.
"Already at the forefront of innovation, our engineers have pushed
Easton's research and development to the next level with carbon
nanotube technology," said Zlaket. "Easton CNT is the real
deal as we've been able to harness the true benefits of nanotechnology
to give hitters of all ages and abilities stronger, lighter
and better-performing bats. The Easton Stealth CNT will be
the first bat to feature this unmatched technology."
addition of CNT, made possible by Zyvex NanoSolve(TM)
materials and exclusive to Easton, strengthens
composite structures to provide improved
handle designs with optimized flex, responsiveness,
and more "kick" through the hitting zone
for maximum performance within the legal
limits of the game.
From handle to ConneXion(TM) to barrel, Easton's all new Stealth
CNT doesn't just perform, it outperforms. The weakest areas in
a traditional carbon fiber bat are the tiny spaces between the
fibers that contain only resin. To improve the strength of these
areas, CNT -- sixteen times stronger than steel and possibly the
strongest fiber that will ever be made -- is dispersed throughout
the resin making it tougher and stronger.
The Stealth CNT also features the company's new patent-pending
Sc900(TM) scandium alloy. Sc900(TM) raises the bar yet again in
terms of high-strength aluminum alloy development. It provides
the strongest, highest-performing barrels in baseball and softball:
10% tougher and stronger than Sc888(TM). The bat also includes
the patented ConneXion(TM) technology which acts like a hinge to
provide the most efficient energy transfer from handle to barrel.
This quick and complete energy transfer produces maximum bat head
whip for a quicker bat with more power through the hitting zone.
"Easton is known for its innovation, originality and ingenuity," said
Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA, and president of Zyvex Corporation,
which provided its NanoSolve(TM) materials for the bat. "They
continue to raise the bar by offering innovative products
based on the most advanced composite materials, and we are
pleased to be a part of their product development."
The Stealth(TM) CNT is available in two different color schemes
that feature a black barrel fading into a either a green braided
handle or a gold braided handle. The handle color corresponds to
the amount of flex and both graphic packages highlight CNT on the
barrel. The Stealth CNT(TM) will be available in May 2005.
To receive more information or schedule an interview, please contact
Formula at 310-578-7050.
About Zyvex Corporation
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. www.zyvex.com .
Easton Sports is a privately owned developer, manufacturer, marketer,
and distributor of sports equipment for individuals of all ages
and abilities. Easton does not solely rely on name recognition
to build and maintain business, but rather focuses on its ability
to innovate and create products of unmatched quality and design.
Headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif., Easton employs over 1,500 worldwide
and maintains facilities in Utah, California, Mexico, and Canada.
For further product information, please visit the company online
at www.eastonsports.com .
Matt Kovacs, 310-578-7050