Leading carbon nanotube production technology provider Hyperion Catalysis International, Inc. (Hyperion), has concluded a patent license agreement and a supply agreement with Japan's Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) in order fortify their leading positions in the production, distribution and marketing of carbon nanotube-based products. The patent license agreement provides that SDK will be able to sell carbon nanotube-based products for use within a defined field in plastics under Hyperion's extensive patent portfolio and the supply agreement provides that SDK will purchase Hyperion's FIBRILTM carbon nanotube-based products for resale along with its own line of carbon nanotube-based products.
Hyperion, which is headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, has been manufacturing and selling its FIBRILTM carbon nanotubes for a wide range of applications since 1983. Hyperion's flagship FIBRIL™ technology is a conductive, multi-walled carbon nanotube, which is based on the pioneering work in the field by Dr. Howard G. Tennent. Hyperion currently has hundreds of issued and pending patents ranging in scope from the production of carbon nanotubes to various current and future commercial applications. Hyperion supplies its FIBRIL™ nanotubes, pre-mixed, in a range of matrices. . The FIBRIL™ nanotubes are used to impart electrical conductivity and other benefits that are related to the unique structure of the nanotubes.