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Rogers Shapes Up Your Impact Protection

Posted by Nicole Perry on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

PORON® XRD™ Standard Shapes Provide Dependable, Wearable Impact Protection

Nancy Fendler

January 17, 2012; Woodstock, CT – As the demand for wearable impact- protective apparel continues to grow, Rogers Corporation, makers of PORON® XRD™ Extreme Impact Material, continually strives to provide product developers with innovative design solutions.

At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market taking place this January 19-22 in Salt Lake City, Rogers will feature its PORON® XRD™ Extreme Impact Protection series of standard shapes, to include the M-Guard, X-Pad and B-Guard, all of which meet a variety of impact absorption levels and unique product design needs.

In multiple impact absorption tests, PORON XRD Material continually surpasses the competition for repeat impact absorption in a thinner, lighter-weight, contouring material.   While soft and flexible to the touch, the material instantly forms a comfortable, protective shell on impact, providing reliable and long-lasting protection.  In addition, all PORON® Cushioning has an exclusive license with Microban® antimicrobial product protection, which helps fight against bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains and odors.

PORON® XRD™ Extreme Impact Protection Standard Shapes

The PORON® XRD™ M-Guard is available in five sizes developed for a variety of uses including metatarsal guards for footwear.  It is also appropriate for hip, elbow and knee pads.  The contoured, feathered edges offer a sleek, flexible design that can seamlessly be incorporated into products for dependable impact protection without the bulk. The PORON® XRD™ M-Guard is the first flexible, contouring and impact-absorbent foam metatarsal guard, which helps safety footwear manufactures to pass ASTM F2413 standards.

The PORON® XRD™ X-Pad is suitable for multiple applications ranging from knee and elbow pads to shin and thigh protection.  Its unique and flexible shape allows it to be easily trimmed, die cut and stitched to fit specific designs.  It is made with a fabric backing and moisture-wicking air channels for added comfort.  While extremely versatile, the PORON® XRD™ X-Pad is also durable, abrasion resistant and easy to care for.

The PORON® XRD™ B-Guard was developed for high-impact protection, and is particularly suited for apparel requiring back protection for activities where there is risk of a hard fall such as skiing and snowboarding.  The PORON® XRD™ B-Guard helps to pass in-product testing of the EN 1621-2 impact absorbency test method for motorsports, and the EN 13158 for equestrian sports.  Its flexible, grooved hinges allow for easy contouring, and maximum airflow. Additionally, it is lightweight, durable, and can be trimmed to fit men’s and women’s sizes.

“We are seeing more and more outdoor and wintersports manufacturers incorporating impact protection into their product lines,” said Dave Sherman, New Business Development Manager, Rogers Corporation.  “Ski and snowboard apparel manufacturers are taking a close look at the protective gear used in the motorsports industry and adopting similar impact absorbing technology in gloves, back knee and hip protection.”

About PORON® Performance Cushioning

For over 40 years PORON® Cushioning has provided footwear, apparel, and protective equipment brands with a material that supports, protects, comforts, and most importantly, helps athletes stay in the race.  PORON Cushioning products are durable yet flexible, so they will not wear or break down like other cushioning products.  So, whether you need an insole that will last your next 50K or searching for a new helmet for the start of little league, look for the PORON Cushioning brand to insure you’re buying the best in quality and advanced technology.  For more information, visit www.poroncushioning.com.

About Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global technology leader in specialty materials and components that enable high performance and reliability of consumer electronics, power electronics, mass transit, clean technology, and telecommunications infrastructure.  With more than 178 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Rogersprovides product designers with solutions to their most demanding challenges.  Headquartered in Connecticut (USA), Rogersoperates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, China, Germany, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide.  For more information, visit www.rogerscorp.com.

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Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry

Global Market Segment Manager for PORON Comfort materials. Nicole has been involved in the Footwear industry for over 15 years. She also has over 25 years working with high performance materials including custom injection molded and cast polymers for automotive, apparel, electronics, equipment and medical markets. Nicole is passionate about bringing great technologies to market and working with companies that share the goal of helping people enjoy life no matter what they are doing. She holds an MBA from Nichols College.

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