In today’s vehicles, technology is taking the driver’s seat. Gore helps the auto industry prepare for the future with reliable products — like vents and fuel cell components — and is a forward-thinking partner in technology.
Cars have always been measured by their quality, convenience and reliability. Never has that been truer than now, when “auto” is the key term in the automotive industry. Cars now feature innovations like start-stop technology, self-park, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, wireless Internet connectivity, built-in apps and much more; self-driving cars are next. The future of the automobile may well be autonomy and connectivity.
Given these trends, auto manufacturers have dueling challenges: to quickly adapt these features into their models in order to keep up with the competition, and to take the necessary steps — and choose the best suppliers — to ensure their cars are 100% reliable when they switch lanes, change speeds and back into a parking spot.
Add these challenges to the ongoing pressures faced by auto manufacturers:
- reduce component and vehicle weight to increase fuel mileage
- shorten and simplify design cycles to meet customer demand
- incorporate new features, like built-in apps and other technological upgrades
- limit the consumer’s price point
- above all, mitigate risks that might lead to safety problems and recalls
From gas and diesel to electric and autonomous vehicles, technological advances have made this a time of great opportunity for the auto industry. To capitalize on these opportunities and still put out reliable cars that customers can depend on, manufacturers need equally reliable suppliers.
At Gore, we’re proud to supply products throughout the body of a vehicle. By delivering on our brand promise, we allow auto manufacturers to deliver on theirs. Explore all the ways Gore technology keeps cars running and their passengers safe.
Reliable Partner, Proven Products
Gore provides the technological acumen, deep commitment to quality and wide range of products that help Tier-1, -2 and -3 manufacturers succeed in the auto industry. Spanning solutions for venting and fuel cell components, our products are present throughout the vehicle: in lighting, electronics, sensors, motors, the powertrain and the engine.
Our products are among the highest-performing, most reliable in the market — because we recommend and manufacture solutions that are tested, validated and approved for use. This is where technological acumen is critical to product success: If, for instance, a customer wants to protect their vehicle’s electrical system from moisture, we’ll assess every possible climate the vehicle may encounter, then develop the venting solution that will keep the system dry, wherever it travels, for the lifetime of the vehicle.
We perform several rounds of tests in our global plants so there’s never a question that our components will perform on the road. Manufacturers count on us to be problem-solvers on our end so they, and their consumers, won’t ever have a problem on theirs.
GORE® Fuel Cell Technologies
As the need for environmental responsibility grows around the globe, consumers are plugging into the benefits of electric vehicles — and so is Gore.
We support fuel cell vehicles (FCV) with MEAs (membrane electrode assemblies) and membranes. These materials facilitate the electrochemical conversion of hydrogen and oxygen into energy within the fuel stack, which makes the vehicle go.
Gore’s MEA solutions are proven to provide high power density, low material content, reliable performance and a long, dependable service life. They’re also known to improve stack life, reduce stack size and weight, operate at higher temperatures, and reduce fuel costs. As a result, nearly all of the major fuel cell system developers worldwide rely on Gore’s MEAs for their stationary, portable and transportation applications.
We began developing our fuel cell components in the 1990s. Since then, we’ve introduced major new product generations, on average, every fifteen months. Most recently, Gore technology played a critical role in the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Each fuel cell within this vehicle’s fuel stack contains a GORE-SELECT® membrane.
OEMs and Tiers worldwide rely on GORE® Automotive Vents for their gas-powered, hybrid and electric vehicles.
Each application has its own set of challenges, such as exposure to temperature changes, environmental conditions like water, dust, dirt and debris or even contact with automotive fluids including urea solutions, car wash fluids, and lubricants. Without the correct venting solution in place, these challenges can impact reliability and durability.
OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers worldwide turn to Gore for advanced automotive venting solutions for gas-powered, hybrid and electric vehicle applications. Our ePTFE vents rapidly equalize pressure variations caused by temperature changes while providing a reliable barrier to particulates, debris, water and automotive fluids. More reliable venting performance can reduce the need for heavier housings, seals and gaskets, so component design is less complex, manufacturing costs and time to market is reduced, and global cross-platform integration is simplified.
At Gore, we provide manufacturers with thorough partnership that includes finding the right solution to their challenges and testing our vents to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards and perform to specifications.
We can rapidly integrate a venting solution into your finished product or work with you to create a custom solution. By pairing our ePTFE venting expertise with unwavering standards for performance, we can help you to maintain the integrity of your products for the long term.