|Headquarters||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Number of locations||Richardson, Texas, Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Key people||James R. Von Ehr II, Chairman and Founder; Lance Criscuolo, President|
Zyvex Technologies (formerly Zyvex Performance Materials, ZPM) is a molecular engineering company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Zyvex Technologies focuses on developing advanced materials, including prepreg, epoxy resins, and adhesives.
Zyvex Technologies is a privately held company and does not publicly report its revenue or all of its customers. It has supply chain and operational partners in Ohio, Texas, South Dakota, and Washington. They are a 2007 spin-off from Zyvex, the world's first molecular nano-technology company. In 2009, Zyvex Technologies shared a $4.9 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier program. This funding goes toward developing advanced ‘nano-enhanced’ plastics with Polyone Corporation, as well as advanced resin systems with Hexion Specialty Chemicals.
In October 2010, Zyvex Performance Materials changed its name to Zyvex Technologies.
Divisions and Developments
Their Engineered Solutions team develops special applications of nano-materials in composites. Historically, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene were inherently strong but considered difficult to use in materials because of molecular bonding challenges. Zyvex Technologies is notable for having developed molecules that solve these dispersion problems with its Kentera technology.
Zyvex's Advanced Composites Solutions team helps develop products built from proprietary technology. One more notable project is the Piranha Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). This 54 foot boat weights 8,000 lbs and has three times the payload and ten times the range compared to other USVs built from traditional materials, such as aluminum.
Zyvex Technologies supplies materials and provides new product development support to customers in many markets, including defense, marine, automotive, coatings, energy, aerospace, sporting goods, medical, and ballistics.
Easton Sporting Goods was the first public commercial customer for Zyvex Technologies, offering a successful line of carbon nanotube enhanced baseball, hockey, and bike equipment with the label ‘Powered by Zyvex.’ The CNT technology from Zyvex made the products lighter, stiffer, and stronger. In the year of its release, Forbes magazine selected it as a Top 5 Product of the Year.
In 2008, Lockheed Martin announced a partnership with Zyvex Technologies to develop advanced materials for use on some of their defense and commercial application projects.
In 2010, Zyvex Technologies was selected by Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats to provide advanced resin systems for their line of high-speed, high-performance luxury speed boats. The entire product line is built using an exclusive vacuum bagged carbon fiber reinforced lamination schedule, now cured with ZPM epoxy resin solutions.
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