Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2005--The properties
of Cyclics CBT® resin have been taken to a higher
level of performance through the use of nano-scale additives.
The addition of nano-scale clays to CBT resin results
in a stable nano-composite structure that produces a
system with higher thermal stability, strength, stiffness,
dimensional stability and barrier to solvent and gas
penetration. CBT resin is uniquely effective in creating
nano-materials because it allows the tiny nano-sized
particles to easily disperse in the molten CBT resin
and remain evenly distributed throughout the resin as
it re-solidifies. The resulting parts made from this
system benefit from a combination of properties not
previously possible with traditional engineering thermoplastics.
Nanotechnology involves the design, manufacture and
use of extremely small particles and structures that
are of a size comparable to the molecules that make
up matter. One nanometer is one billionth of a meter
(less than 0.00000000003 inches). A strand of hair is
approximately 150,000 nanometers wide. Nano-scale particles
that, when effectively dispersed, provide unique performance
improvements include organo-clays, nano-tubes, super
talc and more.
"The problem in the past
has always been dispersing the particles to maximize
their effectiveness. Due to its low melt viscosity,
CBT resin has been shown to be an ideal material to
create and maintain the even distribution of nano-particles
in an engineering thermoplastic," according to
Gary Faler, Chief Technology Officer for Cyclics Corporation.
"Consider that the polymerized CBT resin is compatible
with many other resins and that further broadens the
"The availability of a
wide range of nano-materials means that we can leverage
the unique processing advantages of CBT resin to create
new classes of materials that possess both the strengths
of our resin and the enhancements gained through the
use of nano-scale materials," said Roman Eder,
Managing Director of Cyclics Europe GmbH. "As
the diversity of materials developed through nanotechnology
expands, so will the opportunities for CBT resin."
Cyclics' Plastic Supports Nano-composite
Cyclics first CBT resin plant,
located in Schwarzheide, Germany, will be stretched
to an annual production rate of over 10 million pounds
in 2006. By the fourth quarter of 2005, Cyclics will
announce the location of its second plant, expected
to have an annual capacity of 50-100 million pounds.
There has been no decision as to the new plant's location
with a number of sites under consideration.
Cyclics Corporation, headquartered
in Schenectady, New York, U.S.A. and its wholly owned
subsidiary, Cyclics Europe GmbH, based in Schwarzheide,
Germany, manufacture innovative plastics that offer
breakthroughs in processing, making new products possible
and changing the economics of existing ones. The water-like
processing viscosities of Cyclics' engineering thermoplastic
products offer improvements in performance and productivity
for structural composites, compounding, casting, nanocomposites,
coatings and rotational molding. Cyclics has alliances
with Ahlstrom Glassfibre Oy, Alcan Composites, BASF,
Davy Process Technology, Dow Automotive and The P
® CBT is a Registered Trademark
of Cyclics Corporation.
Tim Ullman, 518-881-1411
Source: Cyclics Corporation