Our History of Innovation

On June 13, 2018, in Corporate, Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

Paper Beginnings

Rogers Corporation was founded as a paper mill in 1832 by Dutch immigrant, Peter Rogers. Named Rogers Paper Manufacturing Company, the business was based in an old two-story powder mill in Manchester, Connecticut. It started out producing paperboard to be used in the thriving textile industry of New England. Less than a decade later, Peter Rogers’ 19-year-old son Henry inherited the business and established something that remains with Rogers to this day: a culture of innovation. Being poised to grow and lead as technology evolves is at the forefront of this culture. In 1841, Henry Rogers did it by improving paper-making techniques and methods for recycling product waste. Today, innovation is a major element of Rogers’ growth strategy, as we explore new platforms and build upon our current capabilities.

Learning and Expanding

Now an advanced materials technology market leader, we have come a long way since our paper-making days. Throughout that journey, innovation has propelled us forward. In the 1890’s, Rogers expanded into the electrical power transformer industry with the new product line of transformer insulation paperboard. The 1920’s brought on MIT graduate and technical director Saul Silverstein who spearheaded great strides in research and development. Along with that was Rogers’ first diversification into non-paper products, FIBERLOY Plastics, the first commercially produced plastics. As the years went on, our innovations continued. In 1958 we introduced PORON® technology, changing and expanding Rogers’ position and trajectory within the polyurethane market. Other examples include our foray into advanced circuit laminate materials, electroluminescent backlighting system drivers, busbars and more.

Innovation as a Strategy

Today, “Market-Driven Innovation” is core to our strategy, and we highly focus on market needs and innovation opportunities. Historically, academia and industry experts have worked separately in developing leading-edge technologies. Our Innovation Centers guide new-to-the-world technologies into useful and feasibly commercialized platforms. To do this, they combine scientific knowledge, education partnerships and industry expertise.

Right On Cue: First Innovation Center Product Brought to Market

Since opening our first Innovation Center in 2014, Rogers Corporation has been collaborating with universities and other industry leaders in the development of new technology platforms. Typically, these are technologies that are three to five years out from being market ready. And the model is working. Only four years later, we are proud to bring to market the first product borne of our Innovation Center concept: MAGTREX™ 555 High Impedance Laminates. These high impedance laminates enable antenna designers to expand the trade-space of their antenna design enabling up to a factor of six reduction in size with minimal impact on bandwidth, up to a factor of six increase in bandwidth with similar size, or a design optimum in between. Learn more about the new MAGTREX™ High Impedance Laminates here and celebrate with us this exciting accomplishment and actualization of our vision. We are proud to continue to use innovation as our motivation for growth and change.

Job hunting is no easy feat. Candidates who have uploaded their resumes into online applications (and then re-typed everything from their resume into individual text fields in that same application) can agree, it takes patience and perseverance to survive the job hunting process. But when the right candidate, right position and right company align, it is a wonderful partnership for all parties involved.

This type of alignment takes work. Candidates and HR teams do a lot of the heavy lifting. As a company, our job is to give candidates an understanding of our overall culture and help them determine what it is like to work here and if it will be a good fit.

At Rogers Corporation, we have seven Cultural Behaviors that outline our core beliefs and connect employees to each other and to our organizational goals. It is a unique culture, no doubt. Established in 1832 as a paper mill factory, Rogers Corporation has grown into an advanced materials technology company through a long history of innovation leadership. We seek innovators in all positions, not just research and development. We know that innovation isn’t limited to products, so we foster a culture where employee input and speaking openly is encouraged.

That passion for innovation is also why we hold leadership positions in the markets we serve. With applications in markets from Aerospace and Automotive to Wired and Wireless Infrastructures, Rogers’ materials enable products that make an impact in the way we live. Our partnerships with academic institutions and industry leaders help develop new to the world technologies: think the Internet of Things, self-driving cars, and 5G communications networks. Rogers’ standing in these high-growth markets gives us great confidence in our continued growth and success.

In addition to our longevity as a company, there is also a trend of longevity in our workforce. Nearly half of our employees have been at Rogers for 10 years or longer. It’s a great place to build a fulfilling career by helping power, protect and connect our world.

Get started today by visiting our careers page to view current job opportunities.

 

By 2020, experts project that 50 billion connected devices will be in use globally. The Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, connected cars, fitness monitors and other emerging technologies are increasingly relying on global wireless networks to connect.

Advanced Materials in 5G and the IoT

Fifth Generation (5G) networks demand greater material performance to support these IoT devices. Rogers’ diverse portfolio of high frequency, high performance materials enable these complex 5G technologies that create our mobile networks, including antennas, backhaul radios and power amplifiers. And our R&D teams are collaborating every day with design engineers to develop additional unique material solutions for 5G technology.

5G is pushing the limit of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) designs including antennas, control functions and amplifier circuits. PCB attributes such as copper surface roughness, Dk variations, thermal dissipation, passive intermodulation, coefficient of thermal expansion and thickness variations affect 5G designs more than previous generations.

5G: Higher Frequencies

Next-gen 5G wireless networks promise more capacity and capability than 4G LTE systems, using wider channel bandwidths, new antenna and modulation technologies and higher carrier frequencies even through millimeter wave frequencies.

The transition to 5G will require the widespread use of higher, millimeter-wave frequency of 28 GHz and above. Evolving 5G infrastructure will depend on low-loss circuit materials engineered for these high frequencies.

Our new RO4835T laminates and RO4450T bonding materials are well suited for millimeter-wave frequencies as part of the inner core of 5G hybrid multilayer PCBs. They work well with other materials to provide the many functions needed by 5G wireless base stations, including power, signal control and signal transfers.

5G Resources for Design Engineers

Meeting the demands of evolving 5G infrastructure, engineers need to address the right balance of material performance and cost.

5G and Connectivity

For engineers and manufacturers, we created online educational resources about material considerations for 5G designs. You can access technical information and helpful videos on our 5G resources page.

“The Road to 5G” Video Series

Our Road to 5G videos offer quick and easy ways to learn how to specify PCB materials for 5G to get ready for this next revolution in wireless communications.

Other Resources

Stay connected with our team and learn more about 5G technology by subscribing to our Tech Support Hub.

Selected quotes from our recent earnings call. Read the corporate financials news release: Rogers Corporation Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

In Q1 2018, our net sales were $214.6 million, compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $203.8 million.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Growth Drivers

We have significant growth opportunities in our existing markets, particularly in advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, where the global outlook is strongly positive.

Strong growth in our Advanced Mobility markets, especially EV/HEV and ADAS, were highlights in the quarter. This strength was offset by lower demand in wireless infrastructure as the market transitions to 5G technology. As the 5G technology evolves, Rogers is seeing substantial design-ins and pilot installations around the world. We have significantly greater material content in these highly sophisticated systems. We are actively expanding capacity to support upcoming market demand.

Revenue mix and operational challenges largely in the Advanced Connectivity Solutions business were the primary factors contributing to our lower than anticipated margin performance during Q1. Our actions to resolve these operational issues, as well as the strong outlook in our key markets, give us confidence in our ability to achieve our 2020 objectives.

We remain focused on the four pillars of our proven growth strategy: market-driven, innovation leadership, synergistic M&A, and operational excellence.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Rogers’ Business Units

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $73.5 million, a 6.5% decrease compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $78.5 million. The decrease in 2018 first quarter net sales was largely driven by lower demand in wireless 4G LTE, portable electronics and satellite TV applications, partially offset by continued strength in demand for automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) revenues. Looking ahead, most experts are projecting that 5G deployments will accelerate in the first half of 2019, with a diverse portfolio of solutions that offer support for very high frequencies and solve thermal issues. ACS is well positioned to capitalize on this evolution to more complex systems.

Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $78.1 million, a 1.6% increase compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $76.9 million. EMS net sales increased on higher demand in portable electronics, general industrial and electric and hybrid electric vehicles, partially offset by lower demand in mass transit and other applications. We are pleased with the traction EMS is gaining in a number of next-generation materials. These include battery pressure pads that enable cooling of EV/HEV batteries as well as unique ceiling solutions that protect the batteries from water, dust and other extreme environmental conditions. We expect demand in this market to continue as more EV and HEV models are introduced.

Power Electronics Solutions (PES) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $57.7 million, a 35.3% increase compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $42.7 million. 2018 first quarter net sales increased due to broad based demand across markets, including particular strength in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, renewable energy and laser diode coolers. As these markets expand and the technology requirements become more challenging, the PES solutions portfolio is uniquely positioned to address this complexity.

 

Q1 2018 Earnings Call Full Transcript 

Q1 2018 Financial Press Release

Q1 2018 Earnings Call Slides

A global push to reduce CO2 emissions, as well as government incentives and consumer demand, is leading the world’s largest automotive manufacturers to accelerate plans to introduce all-electric and hybrid-electric (EV/HEV) models.

At the same time, advanced safety features that were once limited to luxury models – like forward collision warning and blind spot detection – are being introduced on more mass models.

Rogers delivers solutions for a host of Advanced Mobility solutions that address the toughest material challenges in these applications.

Many of the world’s best-selling EVs/HEVs include Rogers advanced materials.

  • Our curamik® Performance silicon nitride substrates for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors offer high thermal conductivity and reliability which are essential for EV/HEV applications.
  • PORON® and BISCO® elastomer materials provide unique sealing and vibration solutions, protecting HEV batteries from environmental elements while reducing noise.
  • Our compact and light-weight power distribution and thermal management solutions enable increased driving ranges for EV/HEV vehicles. ROLINX® CapEasy and ROLINX® CapPerformance capacitor-busbar assemblies can save size, weight, and energy while efficiently distributing energy in powertrains: www.rolinx.com

Maximizing Electric Power Efficiency with Vehicle Electrification

Automotive design engineers are looking for innovative solutions to maximize electric power efficiency of EVs/HEVs. As vehicle electrification continues, designers need to ensure sufficient and efficient power to all electrical components of the car, including electrical power steering, air conditioning, oil pumps.

Semiconductor-based power systems not only improve battery efficiency, but also optimize overall system cost, minimize power losses and more.

When creating these power systems, designers choose ROLINX® busbars and curamik® ceramic substrates. For example, our silicon nitride substrates for wide-band gap semiconductors offer high thermal conductivity and reliability.

Connectivity and Safety

The growing adoption of safety features in mass market models has accelerated the demand for innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) utilizing a variety of sensor technologies and safety systems.

New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP) worldwide are driving more robust crash avoidance technologies, requiring innovative ADAS. Automotive design engineers strive to meet high performance and reliable connectivity challenges.

Rogers’ high-frequency materials are the first choice for engineers when designing ADAS technologies such as adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and more.

Page 1 of 7812345...102030...Last »