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Posted: Jul 30, 2011
Flow Polymers Awarded SBIR Grant to Develop Novel Nano-Filler Technology for Tires
(Nanowerk News) Flow Polymers, LLC, the innovator in additive technologies and a leading manufacturer of proprietary and custom chemical dispersions, process aids, homogenizing agents and performance additives for rubber and plastic markets worldwide was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of $143,984 by the National Science Foundation to develop novel nano-filler technology for tire innerliners.
"We are very pleased to have the support of the National Science Foundation through this Phase I SBIR award," stated Mr. Michael Ivany, President and CEO of Flow Polymers, LLC. "This funding will support the development of an exciting new nanotechnology platform that will provide us a basis for growth and new product introductions in the coming years."
Reflecting on the market need and anticipated impact of the new technology, Mr. Ivany said, "When you consider the current global demand for energy efficient vehicles, reduced CO2 emissions and enhanced driver safety, there is a clear need in the tire industry for innerliner materials with enhanced barrier properties. Our new nano-filler technology will address these needs in a way that simplifies implementation for our customers and respects the environment."
About Flow Polymers
Flow Polymers is a leading manufacturer of proprietary and custom chemical dispersions, process aids and homogenizing agents for tire, automotive, industrial products, wire and cable and plastics markets. Flow Polymers' focus is the development and manufacture of unique products that meet customers' current and future needs.