AKRON—The ACS Rubber Division is seeking a sponsor for its Fernley H. Banbury Award.
The honor is one of the seven the division gives out as part of its Science & Technology Awards. The sponsorship became available when the Rubber Division said it was seeking a new sponsor for its Sparks-Thomas Award, previously sponsored by ExxonMobil.
But Endurica L.L.C., which was the sponsor of the Fernley H. Banbury Award, decided to switch its sponsorship to the Sparks-Thomas Award. Both Will Mars, founder and president of Endurica, and Christopher Robertson, sales director for the firm, were past winners of the Sparks-Thomas Award, prompting the move, according to the Rubber Division.
That left open the sponsorship of the Fernley, H. Banbury Award, which honors the memory of the inventor and developer of the internal mixer that bears his name. The winner shall have been a principal inventor of innovative production equipment, instrumentation and control systems, or have developed improved processing technologies that are "widely used in the manufacture of rubber or rubber-like articles of importance."
This award was established by the Rubber Division in 1986 as a part of its continuing effort to recognize the contributions of scientists and engineers making discoveries in this area.
The sponsorship costs $3,500, which covers an award to the recipient of $3,000, an engraved plaque and $500 in travel expenses for the winner to attend the awards ceremony meeting.
The award sponsor is invited to present the award to the winner at the Science & Technology Awards Banquet during the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference. The sponsor also gets a logo in the banquet program; signage at the banquet and in the IEC guide; acknowledgment in an IEC Show Daily article; a logo, company description and link to the company website on rubber.org in the Science & Technology Award section; and promotion of the sponsorship in Rubber Division social media channels and acknowledgment in places where the award is mentioned.
Email Gretchen Cermak at [email protected] for details.