Materials Science Innovation
At the heart of innovation at Gore is our distinct culture and passion for using our materials science expertise and technical capabilities to solve our customers’ most complex challenges.
At Gore, our curiosity, creativity and collaboration ignite the development of advanced materials and new technologies that improve lives and industries. We innovate with purpose to solve some of our customers’ — and the world’s — greatest challenges.
With more than 3,500 unique inventions, our products enhance everyday experiences, mend hearts, explore space and stand up to the most demanding environments.
Our materials science expertise drives innovation across our three divisions — Fabrics, Medical Products and Performance Solutions.
From our earliest days as a wire and cable company supporting the budding computer industry, we have always focused on contributing value to society. This commitment is alive today in our products that safeguard our environment, protect first responders, improve patient outcomes and solve other complex challenges.
At the center of our early solutions was the versatile fluoropolymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). With unique chemical and physical properties, PTFE withstands exposure to a wide range of harsh substances and maintains its performance in extreme temperatures and environments.
In 1969, Bob Gore ushered in a new era of innovation with his groundbreaking discovery of expanded PTFE, or ePTFE — a material even more versatile than its predecessor. This discovery paved the way for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX Fabric and thousands of diverse innovations across industries.
We have since developed unparalleled expertise in processing and expanding additional polymers. And we continue to explore and deliver new composites and materials that bring value to customers, end users and the world — enabling, for example, the production of garments with a lower environmental footprint and innovative bioabsorbable medical devices.
The right material for the right application
To provide the performance qualities required by the application and valued by the customer, we can deliver:
- Varied structures, such as high or low density, tight or open porosity, thinness or thickness, surface or cross-section orientation, and multiple geometries and asymmetries
- Multiple forms, including tapes, membranes, films, tubes, fibers, sheets and rods
- Various proprietary modifications that allow us to produce highly valuable end products
Learn more about the solutions we deliver and the industries we serve.
Gore develops high performing products that meet or exceed the applicable environmental and safety standards in the regions where our products are sold. We are committed to innovation and seek continuous improvement in our products to meet the needs of our customers and end-users, and also to comply with the appropriate industry standards. We follow the developing science, do our own extensive internal testing and invest in independent research to produce and deliver products of high societal value in a manner that is environmentally responsible.
Learn more about Gore's commitment to materials stewardship.
How We Innovate
Our founders designed our workplace to be as innovative as the products we create. They believed ingenuity and creativity are inherent in everyone and set out to create an environment that harnesses the power of all to innovate.
Associates are encouraged to seek new opportunities and collaborate directly with the right people to get the job done. Our innovation process leans on our deep relationships both inside and outside of our enterprise.
Collaboration and experimentation
We believe in the potential of each individual and the diverse perspectives and collaboration found in small teams. There is a space and place for every innovator at Gore.
As an extension of our culture, we take pride in working with our customers to meet their most technically challenging problems. We innovate alongside our customers, wherever they are — listening deeply and asking questions to ensure we understand, meet or exceed their expectations.
This collaborative approach, combined with our natural curiosity, spirit of discovery and courage to take risks, drive us to develop new technology and create new products.
As long as there are opportunities to solve complex problems using our advanced materials, there will always be new developments and innovative products from Gore.
Rigorous testing capabilities
Behind every Gore material, prototype or product are rounds of testing and analysis.
We test extensively in our laboratories and in the field under real-world conditions to ensure performance and longevity.
Our testing and characterization techniques support innovation and product development across our enterprise — from new ideas to process improvements and even conducting failure analysis.
Conducted within specialized labs, a few of those specialties include:
- Analytical chemistry and microscopy
- Materials characterization
- Environmental chambers
- Biological tissue response
- Heat and flame
We make a commitment to each of our customers that our products will perform as promised — every time, without compromise. Through our materials science expertise and rigorous testing, customers can rely on Gore products in demanding environments where failure is not an option.
Gore Capabilities Centers
The Gore Capabilities Centers enable our customers, partners and other visitors to learn about our advanced materials capabilities, which enable our customers to confidently push boundaries and improve people's lives. Visitors can explore many aspects of Gore with our Associates, share insights and together, discover possibilities.
Gore Innovation Center
From ideation to creation, the Gore Innovation Center provides an environment for meaningful partnerships: a place that not only sparks ideas but can bring them to life. Our process helps innovators across industries accelerate the discovery of new capabilities and paths to successful commercialization of emerging technology.
Learn more about the Gore Innovation Center in Silicon Valley.