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OMNOVA Solutions Recognizes Employee Innovations With 2012 Technology Awards

Stocks in this article: OMN

FAIRLAWN, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (NYSE: OMN) – OMNOVA Solutions today announced its 2012 Technology Award recipients. This annual award program recognizes 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.

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.

"As a global company, we are continually taking actions that will enhance the value we deliver to our customers and lead to profitable growth," said Kevin McMullen, OMNOVA Solutions' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "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."

Innovation titles, summaries and recipients are as follows:

Powder Micro-Particles for Oilfield Applications Category: New Product Development/Commercialization

Mark BishopAkron, Ohio Global Technology Center Dan Bode – Field Sales Bill BrownMogadore, Ohio Dr. Nick TriantafillopoulosFairlawn, Ohio Dr. I. John WestermanAkron, Ohio Global Technology Center

This innovation team successfully developed a powder-based polymer for use in high-performance water-based oil drilling fluids. When formulated as a component in drilling fluids, this unique offering maintains well integrity and seals openings within the shaft to preserve the valuable raw materials.

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