Microporous hires new VP of global operations

Microporous, the lead-acid separator company, appointed Robert Sawyer as vice-president of global operations in October. His duties will include leading the engineering, supply chain and quality teams.

He joins from SVI Austria, an electronics manufacturer for OEMs, where he was managing director.

Sawyer has worked in the electronics manufacturing industry for three decades and has spent almost 15 years working in Malaysia and Thailand.

“His success in the US, Europe and Asia with companies such as Raychem/Tyco and Flextronics aligns perfectly with the leadership needs of the business as it extends capacity beyond the US and Europe,” Arnie Gillert, director of sales, Americas, told BESB.

“Robert’s focus will be on driving initiatives in operational excellence as Microporous continues to invest in and expand its global operations.”

Microporous, which is based in Tennessee and has a second plant in Austria, makes and sells high-performance rubber and rubber polyethylene separators for flooded lead-acid batteries.

The firm says it has customers in 23 countries in five continents.