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Zyvex and Arkema
Announce Strategic Partnership

RICHARDSON, Texas and PARIS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex and Arkema today announced that they will jointly develop commercial nanomaterials applications. Arkema successfully met the requirements of Zyvex's Supply Chain Level I and II Certification Programs. Arkema's Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs) have already been incorporated into some of Zyvex's NanoSolve(TM) 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 commercializes nanomaterials 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 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. Companies who maintain the consistent level of quality necessary for their products to be used in Zyvex's commercial applications can qualify for Level II Certification. Arkema is the first company to meet these requirements.


About the companies


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. http://www.zyvex.com/


A global chemical player, Arkema consists of three coherent and balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,600 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5 billion euros. With its six research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets. http://www.arkemagroup.com/


Contact Information


For more information regarding Zyvex's Supply Chain Certification Program and NanoSolve(TM) Product Line, contact Marni Rutkofsky, Chemist and Technical Sales Representative for NanoSolve Materials, at mrutkofs@zyvex.com or at 972.792.1634.


For Zyvex media information, contact Katharine Green, Director of Corporate Communications, at kgreen@zyvex.com or at 972.792.1620.


For Arkema technical information, contact Dr. Daniel Bernard, Senior Advisor Science and Technology at Daniel.Bernard@arkemagroup.com or at +33.1.49.00.78.73.


For Arkema media information, contact Jacques Badaroux, Senior Advisor of Science and Technology at jacques.badaroux@arkemagroup.com or +33.1.49.00.71.34; or Stephanie Tahon at stephanie.tahon@arkemagroup.com or +33.1.49.00.70.30.


Source: Zyvex Corporation; Arkema

CONTACT: Katharine Green, Director, Corporate Communications of Zyvex
Corporation, +1-972-792-1620, or kgreen@zyvex.com


Web site: http://www.zyvex.com/
http://www.arkemagroup.com/

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