In celebration of the Chinese Lunar Spring Festival, Rogers Asia had their annual party in China on January 18, 2019. Held in Suzhou, the party’s theme was “Rogers, Boom!” which celebrated our dedicated employees while looking forward to the exciting and busy year ahead. More than 1000 employees from the Rogers Suzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Japan, Korea and Singapore offices attended the event.

The party boasted a DJ playing music, a fun photo-op area and an interactive area with a piano key carpet, interactive phone game and refreshments. The Asia Management Team once again kicked off the party and introduced the entertaining videos and performers. This year, performances took place in a “battle style” with 2 teams of 6 performance groups going head-to-head, with voting afterward.

But, the real winners to celebrate were the Top 9 Winners of the 2018 Rogers Asia Quality Control Circle (QCC) & Green Belt (GB) Projects Competition. These teams were awarded for their accomplishments and continuous hard work towards operational excellence.

Overall, the event was a success, ushering in the New Year with fun and appreciation. A big “Thank You” to our Rogers Asia team for organizing this event and great component of our company culture. Happy Lunar New Year!

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Globally, Rogers Corporation employees participate in annual charitable activities to benefit their local communities. Though these contributions occur throughout the year, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the holiday-based deeds our colleagues contributed to this year.

Arizona

For the twelfth consecutive year, Arizona Rogers Corporation employees “adopted” senior citizens in our community and donated special Christmas gifts for them. The program, coordinated by Home Instead Senior Care, partners with area agencies to reach out to local solitary elders during the holiday season and assembles gift wish lists. Arizona Rogers employees then “adopt” these seniors, purchase items and wrap their gifts for delivery.

Helen Harrold & Karen Crawford

This year, 50 seniors received special Christmas gifts as a result of this program. Two very full vehicles were unloaded into the Home Instead offices, showing the generosity of the program participants. In addition to the main “wish list” presents, extra small items and cash donations were also contributed.

Connecticut

Gifts gathered under the tree

Similarly, Connecticut-based Rogers employees have participated in a program aimed at children with the Tommy Toy Fund. Employees collect and donate toys, books, hats and mittens to children in need aged newborn to 12 years old who might otherwise be without on Christmas morning. The toys are collected from local businesses then distributed to the families a week before Christmas. This past year, the Northeastern Connecticut branch of the Tommy Toy Fund put a smile on the faces of over 1,100 children from over 500 families.

In the spirit of giving back, any Rogers employee who donated a new, unwrapped toy won a chance for Rogers to make a monetary donation to a charity of their choice. This year’s winners selected the following organizations:  Backus Cancer Center, Daily Bread Food Pantry, PAWS and Center of Hope Foundation.

China

Dongran Migrant School workshop participants

Rogers employees in Suzhou, China supported the Dongran Migrant School of students from rural areas for the fourth consecutive year. Together with the Psychological Institute, the Rogers teams brought the gift of a helpful workshop to the 48 teachers at the school. This workshop focused on Psychological Health, informing teachers both the importance of maintaining a work-life balance and how to identify and assist students with mental illness. The teachers were also given gifts of rice, a useful offering that is a symbol of gratitude and demonstrates Rogers’ caring to the community.

Better Together

Thank you to all Rogers employees that contribute to our standard of Corporate Responsibility with your generosity. The above stories are just three examples of how Rogers Corporation’s global employees strive to improve their communities throughout the year. With giving hearts and the spirit of generosity, we are doing our part to make the world better, together.

This entry first appeared on Rogers Corporation’s internal “Leadership Blog.” Our CEO, Bruce Hoechner, and his senior leadership team write weekly posts for Rogers’ intranet, generating many likes and comments from colleagues around the globe.

 This blog was written by Jay Knoll, Rogers’ Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and has been edited for external publication.

Jay Knoll The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Work-life Balance

Work-life balance is a popular subject. Companies can tend to focus more on the work side of the scale, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in balance for their employees. Like Rogers, many companies are placing more emphasis on a culture that encourages the appropriate work-life balance.

At the Leadership level…

At the Leadership level, we consistently discuss the workload of our teams and the organization as a whole. We understand that we establish the corporate agenda, which often leads to changes in workloads and priorities. We also understand that we set an example through our actions.

As a manager…

As a manager, I work with an outstanding group of professionals, each of whom also has outside interests, like family, dance, competitive sports, bird watching, miniature golf and gardening. In my one-on-ones and staff meetings, we discuss workload and how it is shared across the team. As managers, we also need to be sensitive to cultural differences and legal requirements (e.g., France’s 35-hour work week, restrictions on off-hour communications with non-exempt employees in the US).

As a parent…

As a parent, I’ve been coaching my adult children, who are in the earliest stages of their careers. I have a daughter who is working the early shift as a pastry baker that starts at 5:00 a.m., and another daughter working for a consulting firm where she is working 14+ hour days and traveling at least four days every week. We discuss the personal sacrifices they’re making now and what expectations they have for the future. Both daughters are learning a lot in their chosen fields and are generally happy with their choices, though a bit tired.

Personally…

Personally, I’m probably like you, with jobs that sometimes demanded a disproportionate amount of my time and energy. For example, my wife recently reminded me of the wedding of a good friend’s son ten years ago that I missed because of a work emergency. (It’s a long story.) My chosen career does not have a steady and consistent workload and instead has ebbs and flows, for example when there is a special project like an M&A transaction. But even at my busiest, I have often found a strong sense of personal and professional satisfaction with my work.

Here’s how Jeff Bezos (Amazon’s CEO) frames this issue in an interview with Business Insider US:

This work-life harmony thing is what I try to teach young employees and actually senior executives at Amazon too. But especially the people coming in. I get asked about work-life balance all the time. And my view is, that’s a debilitating phrase because it implies there’s a strict trade-off…If I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy, and if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy.

Now that you’ve come to the end of my blog, you might be expecting me to provide THE answer to the work-life balance question. Sorry, but here’s the best I’ve got:  Finding your work-life balance is like finding your perfect cup of coffee. You’ll search forever, but it’s just too elusive. You’ll often find great cups, sometimes bad, and some days you’ll need the jolt of a double espresso, while at other times you’ll want to indulge in a caramel macchiato with whipped cream.

 

holiday travel safetyAs the year comes to an end, holiday travel begins to increase. Whether going home to see family or taking a year-end vacation, crowds in airports and on roads significantly surge in November and December. In addition to the feeling of holiday hustle and bustle, this extra traffic presents many opportunities to practice travel safety.

Safety is the top priority at Rogers. This means safety everywhere: on the production floor, in the office and especially while traveling.  At Rogers Corporation, being a global company means many of our employees travel for work. Here are some good travel and safety tips our employees have picked up over the years.

  1. Allow yourself plenty of time.

“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush, stumble and fall.” – William Shakespeare

Take your time. Allow plenty of time to get through security at the airport, to drive through traffic on the freeway and to enjoy the people and sites you are visiting.

  1. Be prepared for unfamiliar territory.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

When traveling somewhere unfamiliar, it is exciting to see new sites and have new experiences. However, take some time to acquaint yourself with these new surroundings. Review the hotel’s evacuation route, examine a city map before visiting and plan to arrive in the city during daylight for easier navigation.

  1. Have backup identification on hand. Just in case.

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.” – Francis Bacon

The sentiment of this quote is true; grace and courtesy go a long way no matter where you are visiting. Still, it is always a good idea to have a backup ID. Whether it is to get through airport security, purchase goods or check-in to a hotel, the need to provide identification seems to be more common while traveling. In the off chance that your primary form of identification is lost, having a secondary ID saved in a different location (say, your luggage instead of your wallet) can help avoid several headaches.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is ready.

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” – Walt Whitman

If you are driving your personal vehicle, give it a good check-up before embarking on a road trip. Proper fluid levels and a well-charged battery allow for peace of mind as you navigate busy schedules and even busier roads. Whether renting a car or driving your own, be sure to check the weather and be ready for upcoming road conditions. Cold forecasts can require considerable planning. Some good items to equip your vehicle with include an ice scraper, blanket, water, rock salt and even a shovel.

  1. Enjoy yourself.

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain

While this may not be a practical tip to help you prepare for your upcoming holiday or vacation, it is an important one to remember. Enjoy yourself and find the humor in situations that may be less than ideal. Stuck in traffic driving up the road for a holiday dinner? Have a family karaoke session. Flight delayed while flying across the country for a much-needed getaway? Catch up on your reading list. By finding joy, regardless of the situation, you can help alleviate the stresses of travel and enjoy the memories being made.

From all of us at Rogers Corporation, with a bit of preparedness and positivity, we hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season.

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

In Q3 2018, Rogers achieved record revenues of $227 million, compared to $201.4 million in Q3 2017. Sales were at the midpoint of our previously released guidance.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Growth Drivers

Advanced Mobility

In advanced mobility, we are seeing a significant increase in demand for EV/HEV applications as automakers continue their race to introduce more EV and HEV models, which gives us great optimism around demand. In ADAS, we expect to see continued penetration of our materials as automotive safety features become standard in mass market models. We continue to work closely with a broad range of customers to support current demand and develop products that will enable the performance of emerging technologies. We are seeing substantial opportunities in areas that include the next generation of ADAS radar as well as advanced performance EV and HEV power systems.

Advanced Connectivity

In advanced connectivity applications, we have developed new platform products that have received an enthusiastic response from our customers. These products are aimed at significantly enhancing the performance of the highly demanding 5G infrastructure in both base stations and massive MIMO antenna systems.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Rogers’ Business Units

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) delivered third quarter net sales of $72 million, which were relatively flat compared to the third quarter of 2017 and a decrease of 6% compared to the second quarter of 2018. Lower-than-expected revenues were due to weaker demand for applications in 4G LTE and ADAS. Softness in wireless infrastructure was associated with sluggish demand for 4G LTE applications in anticipation of the transition to 5G. We’ve seen a number of positive indicators regarding the 5G build-out. According to industry sources, leading smartphone manufacturers are now set to roll out 5G-enabled models in the first half of 2019. In addition, there have been successful service provider field test results in both China and the US. Further, industry experts are predicting 2019 5G base station installations of roughly 100,000 to 200,000 units. Rogers continues to achieve substantial design wins with significantly higher content than 4G LTE from all major telecom equipment OEMs. We are preparing for this major growth opportunity through ongoing capacity expansion projects, including our recent plant and equipment acquisition in Chandler, Arizona.

In Q3, Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) delivered all-time record net sales of $96 million. Organic sales revenues increased 8% over Q3 2017. Including contributions from the Griswold business, revenues increased 17% over Q3 2017 and 21% sequentially. Net sales were driven by strong demand in automotive applications, particularly EV/HEV battery pads and battery pack sealing systems, in addition to seasonal strength in portable electronics. Looking ahead, we expect to see the broad-based growth for EMS applications to continue, with particular strength in EV/HEV applications.

In Q3, Power Electronics Solutions (PES) achieved net sales of $55 million, an increase of 19% over Q3 2017 and a 3% increase over the second quarter of 2018. We saw particular strength in EV/HEV applications, where we were up over 50% year-over-year and 20% sequentially. Part of this strong EV/HEV growth was driven by record demand for our new-generation silicon nitride materials for wide bandgap semiconductor packaging. We also saw a strong demand for ROLINX power interconnects in electric vehicle applications. Looking ahead, we anticipate continued robust growth in demand for our EV/HEV applications.

Q3 2018 Earnings Call Transcript

Q3 2018 Financial Press Release

Q3 2018 Earnings Call Slides