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.

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