Omnova Solutions announced its 2012 Technology Award recipients, annual award program recognizing exemplary technological contributions by associates in Omnova's research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and communications organizations.
"These innovations in product development, process improvement and sustainability are positively impacting customers in many of Omnova's served markets including performance chemicals for oil and natural gas drilling, elastomeric modification, paper and tape applications, as well as coated fabrics for vacuum-formed and mass transit seating and laminates for luxury floor tile," the company says.
Recipients hail from across Omnova's global operations, including its corporate headquarters in Fairlawn, Ohio; Performance Chemicals business segment facilities in Akron, Ohio; Mogadore, Ohio; Chester, South Carolina; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts, as well as Villejust and Le Havre, France. OMNOVA's Engineered Surfaces business segment is also well-represented with Technology Award winners from its facilities in Auburn, Pennsylvania; Monroe, North Carolina; Columbus, Mississippi; Shanghai, China; and Rayong, Thailand.
In the category of New Product Development/Commercialization, the Omnova recognizes the team behind its NovaCryl PSP 160 pressure sensitive adhesive – Jeff Aguinaga, Fitchburg, MA; Douglas Harper – Chester, SC; Timothy Saddow, Chester, SC, Kaitlyn Salmond, Fitchburg, MA.
Building on one of Omnova's core competencies, this team developed NovaCryl PSP 160 pressure sensitive adhesive for use in self-wound tapes, labels, vinyl graphics, and peel and stick applications. This new chemistry features a high solids composition that enables improved runability when applied to paper or film substrates and smoother lay-down at the point of use. It also utilizes APE-free surfactants and is FDA 175.105, FDA 176.170 and 176.180 compliant for indirect food contact.
"As a global company, we are continually taking actions that will enhance the value we deliver to our customers and lead to profitable growth," says Kevin McMullen, chairman and CEO. "The cornerstone of these efforts is the enhancement of our existing competencies, as well as the development of new, sustainable products and processes for the future. These outstanding innovation teams have clearly strengthened our already robust and diverse technology base, positioning us to further meet the needs of the markets we serve and demonstrating our commitment as a responsible member of the communities in which we operate."