Sustainability is standard business practice for Rogers. We innovate and design our materials for high-performance, durability and reliability to enable our customers’ most demanding applications and support customer requirements leading toward enhanced sustainability solutions for the future.
Our products are designed to meet rigorous international safety standards and are therefore often used where safe performance is essential. For example, Rogers’ BISCO® materials are widely used in seating solutions for mass transportation applications because of their durability and technical design, but especially because of their compliance with the most stringent UL flame ratings. In these applications, our materials are more fire resistant and emit less harmful emissions when exposed to extreme conditions.
Similarly, Rogers’ products have a reputation for reliability and durability, key characteristics for our customers’ most challenging applications. Our high-frequency specialty laminates, for example, enable radars and antennas on spacecraft launch vehicles, probes, landers and rovers for long-range communications. As a result, the Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn, has now traveled outside the solar system and still continues to transmit information billions of miles back to Earth. This standard of reliability and durability in Rogers’ advanced materials translates into longer performance, less maintenance and reduced waste for our customers’ products in everyday applications.
As these examples demonstrate, our product innovation and design supports our customers’ solutions for hard to solve, real world problems. But we also direct our innovation and design toward specific industries where our advanced material platforms can enable solutions for a more sustainable future. We have, for example, identified Advanced Mobility as a strategic market opportunity that can benefit from our capabilities and now design and manufacture our curamik materials as an essential component for power electronics in EV/HEV applications and have innovated PORON® material solutions that extend life and improve battery performance in these applications. In each case, Rogers’ engineering and design teams, working closely with our customer counterparts, developed solutions that are expanding EV/HEV availability and adoption globally as a more sustainable transportation solution.
At Rogers, we are a leader in the industry for developing material technology platforms that are designed with sustainability at the core.
In 1959, before regulations on PVC prompted action in the industry, Rogers preemptively developed our PORON® material. This uniquely formulated polyurethane blends the benefits of polyether- and polyester-based urethane technology. Following Sustainability by Design principles, PORON® is manufactured sustainably, free of harmful substances, durable, long-lasting and multifunctional. It is used in industries ranging from Automotive to Footwear.
Our PORON® EVExtend battery pad material is the latest advancement in protecting and extending battery life in EV/HEV. This technology outperforms other battery pad solutions on the market, offering superior levels of reliability and long-term durability. Our PORON® Comfort technology allows for consistent performance over the product’s lifetime for incorporation into quality and/or re-craftable designs. Building off of this technology, in 2008, we pioneered our PORON® ReSource formulation with sustainably sourced, soy-based, raw material content. The PORON® ReSource Performance Cushioning material is produced using 46% less petroleum-based chemicals – over twice the amount used in the 1st generation material.