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Lehigh Adds Nitrile Micronized Rubber Powder Product Line

ATLANTA – March 28, 2011 – Lehigh Technologies, a manufacturer of sustainable, micronized rubber powders, announced today they are offering nitrile rubber based MicroDyneTM and PolyDyneTM micronized powders. Nitrile rubber, a form of synthetic rubber resistant to oil, fuel and other chemicals, is used primarily in the automotive, oilfield and aeronautical industries to make items such as hoses, seals and grommets. Nitrile powders are also used to create items such as footwear, adhesives, sealants, sponges, expanded foams and floor mats.

“Over the past year we have successfully incorporated nitrile rubber into our production environment. Our Application and Development team has developed formulation protocols to optimize the use of micronized rubber powders in nitrile-related compounds,” said David O’Brien, major account manager, tire and industrial rubber for Lehigh Technologies. “This gives our customers in flooring, automotive, oil drilling and other industries an effective way to manage their costs while still meeting performance and sustainability targets.”

In addition, companies can take advantage of the fact that Lehigh’s products are sustainable and environmentally impactful. By incorporating micronized nitrile rubber powders into formulations, or participating with Lehigh in “closed-loop” manufacturing by using their own scrap rubber, manufacturers can get out in front of the curve and position their company as leading edge in “green” manufacturing while saving money from rising material costs.

Lehigh Technologies’ proprietary manufacturing process takes tire and other post-industrial rubber material and “upcycles” it into micron-scale, high quality, sustainable powders that are compatible with customers’ existing formulations, making it easy to integrate into new or existing products. These powders not only help companies achieve sustainability goals, but can also improve performance attributes such as water resistance, energy savings and flexibility, while delivering significant costs savings over virgin raw materials.

ABOUT LEHIGH TECHNOLOGIES

Lehigh Technologies is a leading specialty chemicals company that produces high-performance micronized rubber powders (MRP), a sustainable specialty material that replaces oil-based materials to reduce costs. Lehigh's cryogenic turbo mill technology converts end-of-life tires and other post-industrial rubber into micron-scale powders used in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. Customers include more than 60 leading tire, asphalt and plastics companies around the world. To learn more, visit lehightechnologies.com.

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