SOURCE: Lehigh Technologies

November 07, 2007 09:00 ET

Lehigh Technologies Partners With Tetramer Technologies on R&D Efforts

Companies Explore Applications of Urethane and Epoxy Polymers; Specialty Coatings and Other Polymers and Nanocomposites Using Lehigh's Rubber Powder

NAPLES, FL and PENDLETON, SC--(Marketwire - November 7, 2007) - Lehigh Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of engineered rubber powder, and Tetramer Technologies, LLC, today announced a joint research and development agreement. Under the agreement, Tetramer Technologies will conduct developmental research on the use of Lehigh's engineered rubber powder in urethane and epoxy polymers for the aerospace, electronics, automotive, construction, and coatings industries; then on specialty polymers for coating, construction, transportation, and agricultural industries and finally expand into functionalized, renewable biopolymers and nanocomposites developmental research.

Tetramer Technologies was formed in 2001 as a faculty-driven start-up company commercializing high value research activities pursued at Clemson University. The organization focuses on cutting-edge research on renewable sources that can be used to help alleviate the dependence on today's current energy resources. As a pioneer in the ultra fine scrap tire rubber powder market, Lehigh is teaming with Tetramer to further its research and development to learn the long-term impact and usefulness of ultra-fine rubber powder across a myriad of manufacturing industries.

"Our goal is to uncover renewable, functional raw materials that can be used to supplement today's energy deficiency," said Dr. Earl H. Wagener, CEO of Tetramer Technologies LLC. "Lehigh provides an ultra-fine rubber powder that is unique in its characteristics. While Clemson University recently completed work confirming the viability of these powders in the manufacture of new tires, we are equally excited to explore the potential of Lehigh's rubber powder and the different applications where it can be applied. Its use will bring about economical and environmental benefits to a broad range of industries."

"Unlike most recycled materials which limit incorporation back into similar material, recycled rubber can be bonded into many polymer matrices, including rubber and plastics, as well as into a wide range of other applications such as rubber goods, plastic goods, paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants," said Anthony Cialone, COO of Lehigh Technologies. "Using recycled rubber powder has been proven to improve the qualities of many products. Now, working with Tetramer, we aim to uncover even more commercial uses for it and better understand the environmental, cost-savings and other value benefits it brings to the manufacturing processes in many industries."

About Lehigh Technologies, Inc.

Lehigh Technologies provides engineered ultra-fine rubber powder that delivers enhanced performance, cost savings and environmental benefits, at a price point that is affordable and sustainable for low-to-high volume applications. Unlike crumb rubber recyclers and other suppliers in the past, Lehigh produces engineered performance fillers, modifiers and additives, enabling manufacturers across a variety of industries to include rubber powder as a strategic ingredient into their manufacturing process without compromising the integrity of their products. Headquartered in Naples, Florida, the company is privately held and backed by major private equity investors. For more information, please visit www.lehightechnologies.com.

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