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Logroņo Students Transform Saint-Gobain Seals’ Injection Molded Plastic Parts from Rioja, Spain Site to Robots

Garden Grove, CA, July 17, 2014 --( A few months ago, Saint-Gobain Seals’ Rioja, Spain site became a little more lively due to several special visitors -- students from the ESCOLAPIAS school on Vara de Rey Street in Logroño. The site regularly offers training to various groups, familiarizing them on the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced here. This time, the recipients were 50 students, age 9, from 4th grade, who were given a tour of the facility and collected some of the plastic parts. When they returned to school, the students were inspired to use their “souvenir” plastic parts and build their own robots.

The students' inventions have been dubbed “Rioja Robots" and show their imagination and teamwork. The project not only increased their self-esteem and showed their creativity, but it really warmed the hearts of the Saint-Gobain Seals’ team who were amazed at the transformations.

Marisa Aedo San Juan, in charge of Human Resources, said, “Life changes the mind. Adults design and manufacture; children imagine and invent.”

Saint-Gobain Seals’ Rioja site customizes their products for dedicated projects, focusing on the Automotive and Industrial industries. One of these dedicated projects involved the Renault ZOE’s braking system, which was equipped with four of their precision parts (fitting rings, spring seat, collector pipe and magnet support) and custom-built using multi-cavity tools and dedicated injection-molding.

About Saint-Gobain Seals Group (
Saint-Gobain Seals Group is a business unit under Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Engineered Components division; our parent company is one of the world’s top 100 industrial groups. With more than 50 years of manufacturing experience and an established global presence (with strategic sites in Garden Grove, California, USA; Kontich, Belgium; and Minhang, Shanghai, China), we offer a diverse range of innovative sealing and polymer solutions:

• OmniSeal® Spring–Energized Seals
• OmniLip™ PTFE Rotary Shaft Seals
• OmniFlex™ Fluoroelastomer Seals
• OmniShield® EMI / RFI Shielding Solutions
• Rulon® High-Performance Fluoropolymer Compounds
• Meldin® 7000 Thermoset Polyimide Materials
• Meldin® HT High-Performance Thermoplastic Materials

Other products include Fluoroloy® (high-performance custom-formulated compounds and alloys), cup seals, hydraulic seals, metal seals, v-packings, piston rings, Marathon® (valves and vacuum pump diaphragms), Transband® (PTFE creepage band), custom parts, polymer bearings and stock shapes.

The majority of seals and polymer components manufactured are custom designed and matched with the best materials to optimize their performance in various applications and markets.
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