Newell Rubbermaid's Lenox Band Saw Technology Wins Top Innovation Awards for Superior Performance in the Demanding Asian Market Q88 blade for industrial metal-working applications recognized for faster cutting with long blade life

ATLANTA, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Newell Rubbermaid's (NYSE: NWL) Lenox® band saw technology, designed specifically for the rigorous demands of the Asian market, has received two prestigious global innovation awards for enabling industrial manufacturing.

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Heavily used in China and other Asian markets for a wide variety of metal-working applications, the Lenox Q88™ Bi-Metal Band Saw Blade received the Ringier Technology Innovation Award presented in Shanghai last month.  The award is considered the most authoritative in the industry, and honors significant contributions to the advancement of metal-working through economic efficiency, market opportunity creation, and production process.  The Q88 blade also earned the sixth-annual Vogel Innovation Award presented by the Vogel Media Group, a leader in the manufacturing media industry.  

"Asia has some of the most challenging conditions for metal working, and Lenox recognized the importance of developing a blade that works well in a variety of applications despite less than optimal sawing conditions and machine parameters," said Rich Wuerthele, President of Newell Rubbermaid's Industrial Products & Services global business unit.  "We are honored to receive two global innovation awards that validate the Q88 Band Saw Blade's ability to meet the metal cutting needs of the vital Asian market, as well as our commitment to developing product innovations that deliver meaningful solutions to our consumers."

Lenox has a history of working with key manufacturers in Asia and developing innovations to meet their needs. A proprietary surface preparation technique strengthens the Lenox Q88 blade to increase fatigue life and eliminate the likelihood of breaks, and advanced tooth geometry produces a more consistent tooth edge to reduce cutting force and vibration, which extends blade life and creates smooth, straight cuts.  As a result, the Q88 offers superior performance when cutting multiple pieces and can easily penetrate the cutting surface on saws that have limited feed force – a cutting condition common in Asia.  Lenox Q88 Bi-Metal Band Saw Blades are available at Lenox distributors throughout Asia.

For more information on Lenox visit www.lenoxtools.com.  

About Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with 2009 sales of approximately $5.6 billion and a strong portfolio of brands, including Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Dymo®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are available on the company's website, www.newellrubbermaid.com.

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