In honor of Earth Day 2018, Rogers Corporation is proud to host the Everyday Acts of Green Contest. For this contest, we are asking you to share the acts of green that are incorporated into your everyday lives. In return, Rogers will be making a donation to an environmental organization.

What exactly are acts of green?

Anything you do that works to preserve the environment and help protect our planet’s air, water, land, wildlife, and ecosystems.

Need some ideas? Try submitting pictures that show…

  1. The harvest from your home garden.
  2. Your recycling center at home or at work.
  3. Energy-saving devices at home or at work.
  4. Your favorite beach or park that you help keep clean.

The Earth Day movement focuses on helping create a cleaner and more sustainable environment in acts of all sizes. Whether at home, work, school, or in the community, every act helps contribute to a greener tomorrow.

How to Participate

  1. Take some pictures. You’re out there making the world a better place, show us how you do it!
  2. Enter your photo to the contest landing page by 5:00 PM EST, April 22, 2018
  3. Share and ask your friends to vote. The photo with the most votes wins!

For each photo submitted, $10 will be donated to one of the following environmental organizations, as selected by the winner:*

Thank you for helping us raise awareness on the importance of protecting our environment. We look forward to seeing your photos and celebrating #EarthDay2018 together.

*Up to $1,000, winner selected by amount of votes.

 

Rogers Annual Party in China

On March 7, 2018, in Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year, Rogers Asia holds a party in China to celebrate the company’s year of work and the upcoming Chinese Lunar Spring Festival. Held in Suzhou, this year’s annual party theme of “Power the Future” encouraged employees to reflect on Rogers’ history; from humble beginnings in 1832 as a paper mill to growing into a multinational enterprise in engineered materials 186 years later.

More than 900 employees attended the event, sparking an electrifying setting from start to finish. Before entering the banquet room, attendees walked through a “Time Tunnel” displaying Rogers’ innovative history presented on a series of murals. At the end of the tunnel, a large 3D Rogers’ Spaceship model presented a fun photo opportunity. Rocking music and heartfelt applause welcomed guests into the party, creating a fun atmosphere that lasted throughout the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To kick things off, the Asia Management and Asia Leadership Teams presented an energizing dance performance. Then, after an inspiring speech from President and CEO Bruce Hoechner and Rogers Asia President Helen Zhang, both Bruce and Helen joined Chief Human Resources Officer Gary Glandon and VP of Process Excellence and Supply Chain Gustavo Araujo to sing the classic ballad “Sweet Caroline.” The night continued with performances given by staff from different departments, culminating in a freestyle dance for all attendees at the end of the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heavy snow and cold weather outside did not detract from the warm party environment. In fact, there is a Chinese proverb that states a heavy snow brings a fruitful year, a statement we will work to bring to fruition for Rogers in 2018.  Thank you to those who celebrated at the Annual Party and to all employees who continue to help Rogers power, protect, connect our world.  Be sure to check out the video for a preview of our rich Rogers’ culture.

 

Seating is an inarguably critical feature for many commuters, whether they’re traveling in planes, cars, buses, or trains. An uncomfortable seat can turn the easiest of commutes into a long, uncomfortable trek.

Riders on San Francisco’s BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Fleet of the Future enjoy an exceptional ride thanks to Rogers’ BISCO® MF1® silicone foam.

Providing safety and passenger comfort, Rogers’ silicone foam gave design engineers the ability to enhance seat design while providing an optimum passenger experience. BISCO silicone foams are manufactured to comply with EN 45545 requirements (a standard for fire protection of railway vehicles) without the use of restricted toxic substances. The fire-resistant properties are inherent to its homogenous cell structure, eliminating the need for fire-block layers.

Comfort was of top concern as well. BART understood it was an issue of immense interest for their riders as extensive lab testing revealed that commuters were looking for a firm but cushioned feel in the seats.

Martin S. Linder, a professor in the School of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University, and an internationally recognized expert in industrial design, said it’s not surprising that seating design is a top concern of riders.

“This is the kind of stuff the public interfaces with,” said Linder, who has no connection with BART. “Seating is personal.”

Linder, also founder and CEO of MSL Design, consults for the Herman Miller furniture company on the design of seating in hospitals — another setting where seating is important.

He said in both health care and public transit settings, there are practical concerns, such as having easy-to-clean surfaces for sanitation, but that comfort also has a non-trivial role to play.

“The materials that you choose matter,” he said. “They have to be easily cleaned, with density and rigidity to sustain a lot of use but to provide empathy to the body. We are not computers. We are made of tissue and bones.”

The selection of Rogers’ BISCO silicone material illustrates that BART cares about its customers by keeping them both safe and comfortable – making the daily commute a whole lot easier.

 

Chances are you’ve tuned into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games over the course of the last few days. You may be surprised to learn that, in addition to the athletes, cheering fans, and news crews, Rogers Corporation has a presence at the Games.  

PORON® Comfort polyurethane, our breathable and flexible cushioning material that delivers long-lasting and flexible cushioning to a wide range of products, is found in the insole of Harlick Skating Boots. Commonly viewed as a legend in the skating world, Harlick Boots are renowned for their quality and construction.

Here’s a recent note from Harlick:

Just thought you would like to know that your product was used to handcraft a Harlick custom skating boot for skaters that will be skating on Olympic ice. All of us at Harlick would like to thank you for your high quality product that is used. Without our suppliers Harlick wouldn’t be able to produce such a beautiful skating boot.

Harlick boots are all handcrafted, since 1933, in our small factory in California with a total of 10 employees. Our sons are fourth generation keeping the craft and all the old machines running. We say our job is sometimes messy and grinding but the end result is a masterpiece and the sport of ice skating is beautiful and inspiring!

Thank you and we look forward to many more orders with you!

Phil, Ginger, & Jason Kuhn

Harlick Skating Boots

Thank you, Harlick, and best of luck to all the competitors!

 

Inspired to Innovate: University Partnerships

On February 13, 2018, in Corporate, by mdippel

Global Innovation Partnerships 

Design collaboration and innovation is in our DNA.

At Rogers, we innovate to design a brighter and more sustainable future by creating a cleaner, safer and more connected world. Our innovative material solutions enable breakthroughs in clean technology, advanced connectivity, eMobility and more — but it’s our people that set us apart.

Our global teams enable innovations across the world, providing a range of services, from R&D and material engineering, to design engineering and product development.

Rogers’ innovation space expands far beyond the reaches of our laboratories – we are collaborating with technology leaders across the globe. Our R&D teams partner with leading research universities, peer companies, start-ups and OEMs to accelerate breakthrough innovations in advanced materials.

Rogers’ innovation teams solve material challenges for new and emerging applications, including Advanced Mobility and Advanced Connectivity, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EV/HEV), 5G infrastructure and many others.

From ideation to product incubation and development, we establish partnerships at the intersection of research, technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

University Partnerships 

We are proud to partner with leading research universities across the globe to accelerate commercialization of new material solutions in a regional context.

Creating relationships with universities and commercial partners in the Western region of the US through our Chandler, AZ Innovation Center.

Our Innovation Center in Burlington, MA partners with Northeastern University and other regional universities to drive strategic platform development.

Rogers Corporation operates three Innovation Centers spanning the globe, with locations in the US and China. These hubs of innovation leverage shared expertise and foster open collaboration between industry and academia.

Our Innovation Center in Suzhou, China partners with Chinese universities and peer companies.

Working closely with research scientists complements our own expertise in advanced materials. The Centers connect R&D and marketing teams with university researchers and students. Our partnerships also provide educational opportunities through student research co-ops, sponsored R&D programs, and other industry-classroom initiatives. For example, our research team in Eschenbach, Germany is fostering use-inspired research with leading European universities and technology partners.

Our global collalborations with research universities provide unique opportunities for symbiosis, collaboration, and the cross-pollination of ideas. Together, we are co-creating solutions to power, protect, connect our world.

Learn more about Rogers’ Innovation Centers. 

 
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