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Rogers Corporation and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. form joint venture
Keywords Rogers Corporation, Mitsui Chemicals, PLS, Laminates, Printed circuit boards
On 6 October in Tokyo, two company presidents signed an agreement that creates a new specialty circuit material company, Polyimide Laminate Systems (PLS). The new company is a 50-50 percent joint venture between Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, and Rogers Corporation, Connecticut, USA. PLS will manufacture a specialty flexible circuit board laminate used for making the read/write head suspension assemblies in high performance, hard disk drives (HDDs.) These suspension assemblies, produced by Hutchinson Technology, Inc., of Hutchinson, Minnesota, for advanced HDDs, are the technology of choice in new HDD designs. Called TSA™ Trace Suspension Assemblies, this Hutchinson product allows manufacturers to lower costs and improve performance. Hutchinson has led the advancement of drive technology since entering the business in 1982.
The new venture pairs the specialty material capabilities of Rogers with the specialty material and chemical capabilities of Mitsui, creating an outstanding opportunity to provide customers with electronic materials that support advanced circuit technologies.