ELKTON, Md. (April 16, 2018) – W. L. Gore & Associates is pleased to introduce GORE® LOW DRAG Filter Bags for use in carbon black manufacturing operations. GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags have been in use since 2016 in steel production, with proven results as the most sustainable, low-cost-of-ownership filtration option the steel industry has seen in 40 years. Today’s introduction marks the first application of GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags for industrial product collection.

Over two years of pilot testing have demonstrated that GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags provide significant value in carbon black production by reducing emissions and lowering differential pressure while maintaining high airflow. Reduced emissions provide a dual benefit: facilitating consistent regulatory compliance while optimizing downstream energy recovery. Lower dP enables less frequent cleaning, which prolongs bag life; and facilitates higher airflow, which can improve production throughput.

“Building on the proven value of GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags to the metals industry, we are pleased to now offer this game-changing technology to our carbon black customers,” said Steve Aubuchon, Product Manager. “Our extensive trials have confirmed remarkable value in carbon black production, and we are confident that our customers will realize significant process benefits along with lower cost of ownership”.

Historically, bag life in carbon black plants has been limited by “blinding,” or saturation of filter media, resulting in higher baghouse operational costs. By design, the new GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags resist blinding and provide improved cleanability. Thanks to Gore’s proprietary, innovative membrane laminate, robust filter bag design, and complete application and system optimization, carbon black plant operators can now achieve an extremely reliable and low cost of operation, maintenance and compliance.

GORE LOW DRAG Filter Bags are available to carbon black manufacturers as a cost-effective solution that meets baghouse requirements. Gore will showcase its latest innovations in filtration at the Carbon Black China conference, in Chengdu, China, April 16–20, and at the Carbon Black World conference, Düsseldorf, Germany, September 25–26. For more information, please visit gore.com/filterbags

About Gore Performance Solutions

Gore Performance Solutions Division develops products and technologies that address complex product and process challenges in a variety of markets and industries, including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, mobile electronics, oil and gas — and more. Through close collaboration with industry leaders across the globe, Gore enables customers to design their products and processes to be safer, cleaner, more productive, reliable, durable and efficient across a wide range of demanding environments.

About Gore

W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and continued recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 9,500 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3 billion. www.gore.com

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