Giving Back to Our Communities

On January 11, 2018, in Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

Each year, Rogers employees globally participate in acts of community outreach. While these events take place all year long, the spirit of the Holiday season offers many additional opportunities to help others. Whether through donations, fundraising, or volunteering, our employees know the importance of giving back to our communities. Let’s take a peek into a few of these seasonal outreach programs around the globe.  

North America

Helen Harrold and Karen Crawford take part in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Two carloads of large, festive packages were delivered for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Arizona is home to our Global Headquarters, an Innovation Center, and several manufacturing facilities. For the eleventh consecutive year, Rogers Arizona employees have participated in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. Coordinated by Home Instead Senior Care, this program connects Rogers employees with a local group of older adults in the community. Each senior receives a gift from their wish list, plus a bag of additional small items to help make their holiday more special.

This year, two carloads of large, festive packages were delivered to the Home Instead offices. Because of these efforts, many Arizona seniors had special gifts to brighten their holiday season.

Similarly, Rogers employees in Carol Stream, Illinois participated in their own holiday giving spree. The team at this location adopted two families in need, providing warm winter clothes, a holiday meal, gift cards for future use, and of course gifts, toys, and other goodies.

 

Europe

Conny De Backere, Sophie Vormezeele, and Caroline Grobet take part in Rogers’ fundraising efforts.

Christmas cards made by Rogers’ employees’ children.

Spreading even more of the holiday cheer, Rogers employees in Belgium joined in the nationwide annual “Music for Life” charity campaign. This campaign kicks off in September, with fundraising activities occurring throughout, culminating the week before Christmas in what is referred to as “the warmest week.” During this final week, three radio stations gather in a glass house for 7 days, playing listeners’ favorite songs for donations. Rogers Corporation has proudly participated since 2014, supporting a different purpose each year.

This year, two Ghent-based organizations were selected:

  • Baby-Nest, a charity where mothers help underprivileged mothers by providing baby clothes, bedding, strollers, car seats, etc.
  • Sogeha, an organization that provides underprivileged children a memorable summer holiday with summer camps, as well as various year-round activities.

To collect money, employees joined in on a variety of fundraising efforts, including sales of hot dogs, soup, cookies, Azalea plants, holiday cards made by employees’ children, and more. To add to these efforts, Rogers Corporation then matched this contribution.

Asia

Flora Zhang, Mr. Zhang, and Julia Miao from Rogers Suzhou Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team.

The tidings of giving and cheer continued from our employees in China. For the third consecutive year, the Rogers Suzhou Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team supported the Dongran Migrant School, a school in Suzhou where the students are from rural areas. On December 24th, 2017, the team acted as “Santa Claus,” together with HSP Brain Education Institute, and brought the gift of a helpful workshop to the 48 teachers at the school.

This workshop, hosted by a trainer from HSP, focused on “How to Improve Vitality and Action.” During the workshop, the trainer led the teachers to experience and understand the philosophy through various activities focused on delivering positive energy, having an active imagination, and improving concentration. The workshop ignited sparks of inspiration from the teaching staff and marked the beginning of applying this philosophy to their teachings. After the workshop, the principal showed his gratitude for the workshop and its impact on his staff. The teachers were also each given gifts of cooking oil, something useful that demonstrates Rogers’ appreciation for being welcomed into their school facilities.

Power from the People

At Rogers, we know it is people that power change. Whether it be volunteers in the classroom or engineers in the lab, we are proud to promote a culture that strives to make the world a better place. Thank you to all Rogers employees that spearhead and participate in these philanthropic activities. Your generosity is an important part of our culture and contributes greatly to our standard of Corporate Responsibility.

 

Wow, what a year! Thanks to the hard work of our employees, dedication to our customers and execution of our sound business strategy, we enjoyed an outstanding and record-breaking year at Rogers. To add to this excitement, we also integrated two new acquisitions, completed the relocation of our global headquarters and celebrated two big anniversary milestones. Let’s take a look back at the moments and achievements that made 2017 such a memorable year!

All-Time Record Sales through Q3

As of Q3, Rogers had achieved record-setting net sales and strong profits. Tailwinds in our key markets of Advanced Connectivity and Advanced Mobility contributed to strong organic growth across all three of our business units – Advanced Connectivity Solutions, Elastomeric Material Solutions and Power Electronics Solutions. In late February, we will announce our full-year results for 2017.

Integrating our New Businesses

Also contributing to our record net sales were the two acquisitions we integrated into EMS in 2017: DeWAL and Diversified Silicone Products (DSP). The integrations went very well and the operations continue to run smoothly. These businesses have helped expand our EMS product portfolio and enhance our existing capabilities.

Global Headquarters Relocation to Chandler, AZ

Rogers Corporation Ribbon Cutting Event in Chandler, Arizona

Rogers Corporation Ribbon Cutting Event in Chandler, Arizona

Nearly one year after announcing the move, we completed the relocation of our global headquarters to Chandler, Arizona. This area offers a thriving technology community, strong transportation infrastructure, business-friendly climate and robust local economy to support our success.

While the corporate offices have moved, Rogers continues to be a part of the Connecticut community, where we have been since our founding in 1832. Several hundred Rogers employees in manufacturing, management and research and development positions continue to work in northeast Connecticut.

Celebrating Our Milestones:
50 Years and 185 Years

The benefits of operating in Chandler are not new to Rogers. We have a long-established relationship with the city, dating back to 1967 when we first expanded our Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) facilities to Arizona.

If you did the math, you figured out that our Global Headquarters relocation coincided with Rogers’ 50th anniversary in Chandler! The Chandler operation was Rogers’ first plant expansion outside of Connecticut and was a bold move for the company. 50 years later, we are proud to celebrate our Arizona legacy.

Rogers Corporation Rings the NYSE Closing Bell® in Celebration of 185th Anniversary of Founding.

Also in 2017, Rogers celebrated our 185th year in business. To commemorate this moment, we returned to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell, just as we did ten years earlier to celebrate our 175th anniversary. We are proud to celebrate these milestones, as they are a testament to our enduring success.

A Strategic Roadmap

Our 185-year history demonstrates how necessary it is to adapt and innovate to the technological needs of today and tomorrow. Since 1832, Rogers has been at the forefront of emerging technology in a range of materials, from innovations in paperboard to today’s advanced engineered laminates, polyurethanes, substrates, and more. With a focus on maintaining close working relationships with customers in an engineer-to-engineer model, we are better able to successfully anticipate future market needs.

Within the four pillars of Growth Strategy, we focus on market-driven solutions, new product innovations, well-integrated acquisitions, and enhanced operational execution. Our results confirm that we have implemented a winning approach, and we are clearly benefitting from our solid execution. We have confidence that our commitment to the four pillars of this roadmap will help us maintain our record of generating substantial and sustainable results, as well as strong shareholder returns.

Thanks to All!

Our success in 2017 would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, partners and suppliers around the globe, as well as our loyal customers. As we welcome the New Year, we hope to move forward together to achieve success. Best wishes and a Happy New Year to each of you!

 

This post authored by John Coonrod, Technical Marketing Manager, and team originally appeared on the ROG Blog hosted by Microwave Journal.

Millimeter-wave frequency bands hold valuable spectrum for what lies ahead: fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications and automotive collision-avoidance radar systems. Signals at 60 GHz and higher might have once been thought too high to transmit and receive with affordable circuits. But semiconductor devices and circuit technologies have improved in recent years and millimeter-wave circuits are becoming standard electronic equipment in many car models. Millimeter-wave signals are also expected to play major roles in 5G networks in transferring high-speed data over short distances. For that to happen, low-loss laminates must be available for circuits operating from 60 through 77 GHz, without performance limitations placed by the glass weave effect at those high frequencies. Just what is the “glass weave” effect and what does it have to do with millimeter-wave circuits? It’s all about the wavelengths.

Glass and fiberglass fabrics are commonly used to fortify resin-based circuit laminates. Many PCB materials for higher-frequency use are formed from different woven glass fabrics bound together with epoxy resins. The glass fabrics actually follow precise patterns through the PCB material, with a warp yarn running the length of the material and a fill yarn running the width of the material. The relative permittivity (Dk) values of these different material components are different, so the combination of glass fabrics and epoxy resins form a non-homogeneous medium for signals propagating through transmission lines formed on that medium.

Although such non-homogeneity is less of a concern at lower, RF signals, for millimeter-wave signals with extremely small wavelengths, differences in Dk throughout a propagation medium can result in differences in the characteristic impedance of transmission lines fabricated on that medium. The epoxy resin typically has a lower Dk value than the glass fabric, and the density of the glass fabric will change throughout a PCB as a function of the glass weave pattern. Quite simply, where there is more glass, there is a higher Dk value. Depending upon a particular glass weave, glass bundles can form, resulting in a rise in the Dk value at that location of the PCB material.

In terms of example values, the Dk of a typical resin system may range from 2.0 to 3.0 while the Dk of the glass bundles formed by the glass weave running through the material can be equal to 6.0 or higher. In the open areas of the PCB between glass bundles, the Dk of the laminate will be much lower in value than in those areas around the glass bundles. For lower-frequency signals with relatively large wavelengths, a certain amount of averaging of the effective Dk values of these different sites will take place, resulting in fairly predictable signal propagation behavior that can be accurately analyzed with a computer-aided-engineering (CAE) software simulation program. But at higher, millimeter-wave frequencies, where the signal wavelengths are smaller, the differences in Dk across the PCB due to the glass weave effect can result in transmission-line impedance differences that cause phase shifts at millimeter-wave frequencies.

The types of transmission line used in a high-frequency circuit can also play a part in how significant the role of the glass weave effect plays on the performance of a millimeter-wave circuit. In a multilayer microstrip circuit, for example, due to the randomness of the glass fabric patterns from layer to layer, it is likely that a certain amount of averaging  in the Dk will occur across the circuit board and more consistent performance will be achieved in a multilayer circuit construction. Any type of circuit construction in which two or more layers with glass weave are used will benefit from the averaging effects of the multiple layers.

High-speed digital signals such as differential lines operating at data rates beyond 10 Gb/s can be affected by the increased concentrations of glass bundles within PCB material, since the differential lines depend upon tightly maintained phase relationships for their signal information. As with millimeter-wave signals, high-speed differential lines rely upon circuit materials with low conductor and dielectric losses; minimizing signal phase variations as a result of the glass weave effect is a positive circuit material trait for both millimeter-wave and high-speed-digital signal propagation.

Admittedly, the glass and fiberglass fabrics that are combined with the resin systems to form high-performance circuit materials provide a great deal of mechanical strength to the circuit material, although the non-homogeneity that they can introduce to the material at higher frequencies can be an unwanted side-effect at millimeter-wave and high-speed-digital signals. Automotive radar systems, for example, rely upon the reception of reflected pulses at 77 GHz to determine the position of other vehicles in traffic as well as pedestrians. Phase variations resulting from transmission-line skew in a PCB can effectively shift the position of vehicles being detected in traffic.

Fortunately, the benefits of glass material reinforcement can be added to high-frequency circuit laminates without suffering the negative impact of the glass weave effect. Newer circuit materials such as RO4830™ circuit laminates from Rogers Corp. combine glass and resin materials with a type of glass known as “spread glass.” Rather than using a bundled configuration with a tendency to produce uneven distribution of the glass content throughout the laminate, the glass material is spread evenly throughout the epoxy resin, with no openings between the glass bundles. In this way, the layer of glass fabric in the laminate appears very much like a plane of glass, minimizing or eliminating any variations in Dk throughout the laminate.

RO3003™ circuit laminates from Rogers Corp. are low-loss, ceramic-filled, PTFE-based laminates engineered for circuits to 77 GHz and beyond. This laminate does not have woven-glass fabric and therefore has no concern with the glass-weave effect. The laminate features a Dk of 3.00 ± 0.04 across the board for extremely consistent and predictable performance even at millimeter-wave frequencies. These materials have additional characteristics that make them a good fit for millimeter-wave circuits, including very low moisture absorption, nearly ideal thermal coefficient of Dk (TCDk) at 3 ppm/ºC, and a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 17 ppm/ºC that is closely matched to copper in the x and y axes and equal to 24 ppm/ºC in the z-axis for highly reliable plated through-holes.

For any concerns related to the glass weave effect, RO4830 materials are produced by means of the spread glass approach, thus avoiding the potential for glass bundles from the glass weave effect. RO4830 and RO3003 materials provide the mechanical stability with temperature to maintain consistent low-loss performance even in rigorous automotive operating environments and, as expected, for an emerging number of 5G millimeter-wave data link applications.

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The Rogers team is passionate about helping the world’s leading innovators solve their toughest material challenges. As we do so, we believe that how we conduct our business is just as important as what we achieve. The Rogers Corp. Corporate Responsibility hub and our updated Code of Business Ethics reflect our commitment to corporate responsibility.

At Rogers, our actions are governed by our Cultural Behaviors and work performance.

“We believe that how we conduct our business is just as important as what we achieve. We strive for ‘Results, but Results in the Right Way,’” states Bruce Hoechner, President & CEO of Rogers. “This means making choices that are based on what is ethically sound and not just what is easy or expedient.”

Our Code of Business Ethics describes how our Cultural Behaviors are to be translated into concrete actions. It explains what is expected of each of us as we work to achieve our business goals. It is the cornerstone of our ethical culture that we reaffirm daily in our business activities.

What is Workplace Conduct?

Workplace conduct concerns how employees communicate, behave, interact, and treat each other. Improper workplace conduct may involve any communication or display of inappropriate material, offensive behavior, and verbal, physical and all other forms of harassment.

We take that a step further, ensuring that Rogers’ employees conduct themselves with courtesy, consideration, and respect towards each other and towards people who deal with the company. We do not allow harassment in workplace conduct. We prohibit retaliatory treatment against employees that make or assist in making a good-faith claim of improper workplace conduct.

The Rogers Code of Business Ethics describes how our cultural behaviors are to be translated into concrete actions. It is organized around the following policies:

The Rogers Corporate Responsibility hub provides an inside look at the conscience of our company and how we operate around the world. Updating our Code of Business Ethics is the next step in an evolving commitment to demonstrate what we believe in at Rogers Corp. Stay tuned for more.

If you have questions, please contact the Rogers Legal and Compliance Department or Ben Buckley, Associate General Counsel & Director of Global Compliance and Integrity, at ben.buckley@rogerscorporation.com.

Selected quotes from our recent earnings call. Read the corporate financials news release: Rogers Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

In Q3 2017, Rogers achieved all-time record net sales and record third quarter earnings. Net sales were $207 million, an increase of 25% over Q3 2016. Our results confirm that we have implemented a winning approach and we are clearly benefiting from our solid execution.

Over the past several years, Rogers has greatly expanded, diversified and improved the performance of our business portfolio through new product innovation; thoughtfully identified, well-integrated acquisitions; increased geographic penetration; and enhanced operational execution. Today, our products play a vital role in many exciting advanced mobility and advanced connectivity applications, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS, electric and hybrid electric vehicles or EV/HEV, and the latest generation of high-performance wireless networks. These rapidly emerging markets play well to Rogers’ strengths, putting us in a great position to capitalize on the significant growth opportunity.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Innovation Leadership & Growth Drivers

Our focus on market-driven innovation is helping us advance our position in a number of rapidly growing areas. One example is our Power Electronics Solutions (PES) business, where we are seeing continued adoption of our silicon nitride substrates for wide bandgap semiconductors. These products offer high thermal connectivity and reliability, which are essential for EV/HEV applications.

We view two growth drivers as key priorities: advanced mobility and advanced connectivity. These categories are aligned with the investments we are making in our technology portfolio, marketing and innovation initiatives.

In advanced mobility applications, our growth is driven by mission-critical products for the EV/HEV market as well as ADAS. In advanced connectivity, we expect future growth to come from the 5G infrastructure buildout where industry sources cite new developments on the horizon.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Rogers’ Business Units

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) achieved third quarter net sales of $73 million, an 11% increase over Q3 2016. Growth was driven by applications for ADAS, aerospace and defense and 4G LTE infrastructure. During Q3, we saw a rebound in demand for both base station power amps and antennas for wireless 4G LTE applications. We are optimistic about the accelerated rollout of 4.5G and 5G, where service providers are reporting that deployments originally scheduled for the 2020 time frame are moving to late 2018 and early 2019. ADAS is another exciting high-growth area for ACS. Our portfolio supports the full spectrum of requirements for short-, mid-, and long-term sensors for features like blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control. We will continue to focus on introducing new innovative technologies to meet customer and market demand.

The Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) team delivered all-time record quarterly net sales of $82 million, an increase of 51% over Q3 2016. We saw particular strength in portable electronics and general industrial applications. We continue to broaden our portfolio of solutions with new design wins and applications, such as the flexible flat cable harness for clean room manufacturing equipment. In addition, revenue from portable electronics has improved, driven by a focus on new designs at many global and regional OEMs where our PORON® polyurethane has won new design wins in a wide variety of sealing applications. We are also accelerating growth in EMS by aggressively pursuing general industrial opportunities.

Power Electronics Solutions (PES) achieved third quarter net sales of $46 million, an increase of 17% over Q3 2016. These results were driven by double-digit growth in applications for renewable energy, e-mobility, and laser diode coolers. As we look ahead in PES, we will maintain focus on e-mobility applications, ranging from electric power steering and regenerative braking to EV/HEV. We are looking at significant growth in demand for these applications, and our leading PES technologies have us well positioned to capitalize in the opportunities that lie ahead.

Q3 2017 Earnings Call Full Transcript

Q3 2017 Financials Press Release

Q3 2017 Earnings Call Slides

 
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