David Mihara shown with Microporous R&D associates Sachin Kumar, Divya Tiwari, David Mihara, Timothy Campbell, and Jamie Miller
Microporous, LLC announces retirement of David Mihara
David Mihara, Vice President of Technology has made the decision to retire after over 35 years of experience in the battery and battery separator industries. His last day with Microporous will be November 30, 2022.
“We announce David’s decision with mixed emotions,” said John Reeves, President & CEO of Microporous. “David has had a positive and lasting impact on not only our Technology and R&D teams, but the company overall. His expertise, insights and leadership have helped Microporous make significant advances in the lead acid battery industry.”
“It has been a rewarding experience to work with the great people on the Microporous team,” said Mihara. “I am proud of the products and support Microporous can now provide its customers around the world, but now it’s time for me to focus on my wife, our friends, and travel.”
“On behalf of everyone at Microporous, we wish David the best in his future endeavors,” addedReeves. “While we look for David successor, we appreciate his work building a foundation for the significant developments we will be sharing during 2023.”
Microporous implements significant price increases in all product categories and markets to offset substantially higher costs incurred for raw materials, energy and transportation.
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted the supply and demand of raw materials for the production of durable goods. While multiple suppliers had to scale down production and inventories due to the pandemic, demand for the end products increased. Since mid-2021, Microporous has been negatively impacted by an unprecedented, continuous and dramatic inflation in raw materials, transportation, and energy is putting at risk the sustainability of its polyethylene separator manufacturing. Decreases in these historically high costs for raw materials, energy, and distribution are unlikely in the near future.
Microporous is committed to protect and keep high quality and service while preserving long-standing relationships, ensuring reliable product supply, and continuing to make vital investments in innovation and continuous improvement.
Regional sales account managers remain available to provide additional details about the implementation of these price increases.
About Microporous LLC
Microporous is a leading international supplier of lead acid battery separators. Over our 80+ year history, Microporous has firmly established a reputation for quality and service. With our excellent logistics and technical service teams, we offer the broadest line of high-performance battery separators to a global customer base.
Piney Flats, TN. May 3, 2021 – Microporous is excited to announce Sachin Kumar as Technical Manager. In his new position, Sachin directly reports to David Mihara, VP of Technology. Sachin has a Bachelor’s degree in Pulp and Paper Technology from IIT-Roorkee, Master’s degree in Paper Science and Engineering and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Miami University of Ohio.
He has previously worked as R&D Executive Engineer with BILT (largest paper manufacturer in India) and has also worked as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at Miami University of Ohio where he instructed senior/graduate level biophysical chemistry, physical chemistry and general chemistry courses. Over the last 20 years, he has carried out fundamental research in the area of fuel-cells utilizing heterogeneous catalysis over metal nanoparticle and applied research in the area of carbon/graphite manufacturing for super capacitor and li-ion battery applications.
In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography and cooking for his wife Shikha. They both enjoy hiking, traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cuisines. Sachin and his wife are relocating to Johnson City area and are very excited for the future.