Rogers, CT – Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) announced it signed an agreement with PolyWorks Corporation of North Smithfield, Rhode Island to license PolyWorks’ technology for molding Rogers’ high performance foam brand, PORON microcellular polyurethanes, into three-dimensional shapes.
The agreement, finalized on November 2, 2010, stems from a multi-year joint development effort to adapt PolyWorks’ molding technology to PORON materials technology, enabling Rogers to expand its PORON urethane offerings beyond its traditional continuous sheet form. It calls for Rogers to acquire a custom molding machine from PolyWorks and a license to utilize PolyWorks’ technology for the molding of PORON formulations. The new line will be installed in Rogers’ Suzhou, China manufacturing campus to serve customers worldwide. It is expected to be operational in mid-2011. Until that time, PolyWorks will continue to manufacture the commercialized molded products on Rogers’ behalf.
PORON microcellular urethanes are typically used in applications requiring highly-consistent performance and protection under demanding conditions across a wide variety of markets, including electronics, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. The first commercial molded products, introduced earlier this year, are metatarsal guards for harsh-duty footwear shaped from one of Rogers’ latest innovations, PORON XRD™ impact protecting foam. Rogers will utilize this new capability to meet demand for more shapes and configurations of PORON urethanes to address needs for high performance cushioning and impact protection that comfortably conform to the human body for the sports, impact apparel and footwear markets.
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