Rogers Corporation opened a new Elastomer Components Sales and Service Center in Rogers, CT. The center will function as a local customer service base for business with its ENDUR® elastomer materials and Nitrophyl® float customers in North America.

"We are pleased with the establishment of the Center in Connecticut," said Angela George, marketing manager of the ENDUR product line. "There, we also will be able to meet the needs of our OEM customers worldwide by providing marketing and engineering for the development of new products."

Earlier this year, Rogers announced the closing of its Windham, CT, plant and the transfer of its operations to Rogers Technologies, Ltd. (RSZ) in Suzhou, China, by the end of 2004.

"This center creates opportunities for Rogers to perform materials formulation and testing in support of applications development locally," Ms. George said. "Its proximity to the Rogers headquarters and the Lurie Research and Development Center will allow significant collaboration with materials technologists."

New ENDUR products are being planned for document, imaging and other technology rolls and belt applications at the center's world-class laboratory, which is being modeled after the process capabilities of its manufacturing operations in Suzhou, China.