Thin, lightweight and durable Membranes are waterproof
and windproof. They may be engineered to achieve varying
degrees of moisture vapor permeability or "breathability."
The result: high-performance fabrics that provide a unique
combination of comfort and protection.
Gore's expertise in membranes has generated a family of
fabric laminates, including the GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER®
fabrics widely known to consumers and professionals. Today
GORE fabrics are used indoors and out, by medical professionals,
fire services, the military and emergency personnel, as
well as hikers, skiers, cyclists and golfers.
Because expanded PTFE is totally inert, GORE medical products
are extremely biocompatible; the body does not reject them.
The microporous structure of GORE expanded PTFE can be engineered
so that surgeons and patients benefit from a wide range
of healing solutions, including synthetic blood vessels
and patches for soft tissue regeneration, and surgical sutures
for use in vascular, cardiac, general surgery and orthopedic
procedures. Our medical products work in harmony with the
body's own tissues to restore normal functions.
Gore's expanded PTFE fibers possess high strength, exhibit
low shrinkage and resist abrasion. They also offer excellent
resistance to degradation from ultraviolet rays. This combination
of characteristics ensures stability and integrity in extreme
Fibers may be knitted, woven, braided or sewn into myriad
applications. Examples include compression packings, sewing
thread, architectural fabric and dental floss.
Gaskets and Sealants
Expanded PTFE's resistance to chemicals and abrasion, combined
with its ability to withstand high and low temperature extremes,
makes it highly effective in the transport and sealing of
GORE gasketing and sealant products-from flat sheets to
thin tape and form-in-place sealants-are available to fit
flanges of any size or configuration.
Membrane Technology for Industry
GORE's expanded PTFE membranes are engineered to unique
microstructures to provide an array of high-efficiency filter
media. Its pores allow air to pass through while trapping
particles. Expanded PTFE's unique chemical inertness and
thermal stability make it suitable for filtration conditions
where exposure to harsh chemicals or high temperatures exist.
Gore filter bags, cartridges, microfiltration membranes,
vents and adsorbent products address diverse contamination
control and processing challenges. Industrial uses range
from chemical production plants to incinerators, and from
baghouses to foundries.
Advanced Dielectric Materials for Electronics
The inherently low loss and dielectric constant of expanded
PTFE makes it an ideal insulation for wire and cable: Its
unique porous structure allows signals to travel nearly
at the speed of light with minimum loss or distortion, and
it offers thermal stability and mechanical flexibility.
It also lends itself to reduction in overall interconnect
size and weight and provides an outstanding medium for filler
Gore's electronic product portfolio today includes copper
and fiber-based cables, assemblies, printed wiring board
materials, conductive interface products and shielding gaskets.
GORE products are found in high performance, challenging
applications in the telecommunications, computing, test
and measurement, defense, air and space markets, among others.