What "Quality" Means, To Us and For You

United States

Founders Bill and Vieve Gore built this company around innovation that creates extraordinary value for our customers. And we approach quality with the same focus on "added value." It's what drives the way our associates collaborate with you, and each other. It’s why we ensure the product you receive is an optimized fit for your application. And it's how GORE® Automotive Vents deliver reliable, reproducible performance, lot to lot, across global automotive platforms.


At Gore, one of our core values is our commitment to delivering products that meet our customers’ expectations and are fit for their intended end use, which is "Fitness for Use". We make a commitment to every customer that our products will "do what we say they will do" and we stand behind that promise. Our products must adhere to high standards because their quality impacts our reputation. In order to ensure that products are "fit for intended use" a comprehensive understanding of the end-use application is required, as well as pertinent test requirements.

We Meet The Toughest Standards

GORE Automotive Vents is the preeminent partner to OEMs and Tier suppliers worldwide. As you would expect, we are fully compliant with globally-recognized automotive quality standards, including:

  • TS 16949:2009 Third Edition Certification — for production facilities in the United States and Germany.
  • PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) — for Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 submissions, or waivers, our documentation is complete and concise to streamline your participation in this process.

We Help Firms of All Sizes …

Our worldwide resources, expertise, and quality processes are positioned to serve global high-volume, on-road commercial and passenger vehicle programs. But we can also help smaller, innovative firms who seek Gore quality to strengthen their positions in regional or global automotive markets.

… With A Less Complex, More Responsive Process

We've made the quality process less complex and more responsive for customers. We put personal attention at the forefront, streamlining communications while stripping out complexity and delays from the documentation.

  • Quality

    "Quality" begins with our commitment to identify which product is an optimized fit for the demands of your application, for your engineering design requirements, your production output needs, and of course your customers’ and sales/support team’s need for reliable product performance.

  • Fitness For Use

    "Fitness For Use" is how we can offer you our optimal solution and why you can be confident that Gore quality will help differentiate your product's performance and reliability in the increasingly competitive automotive industry. "Fitness for Use" sounds like a simple premise, but what goes into making it a reality is far from simple. Living up to this standard requires a deep commitment to good science and a fundamental understanding of our products.

    When we declare our products "Fit for Use", it means they will do what we claim they will do the first time, and every time, and that we will stand behind those claims with our customers.

  • Faster, More Streamlined PPAP Process

    We've refined our process to make PPAP submissions more timely, and less time-intensive for you.

    You start out faster because we send you our PPAP Checklist and Product Specification showing everything that’s needed. We finish faster with PPAP documentation that is comprehensive and concise.

    Although not a standard in the industry, we commit to turnaround times for your documentation. This makes the PPAP and order process clear and aligned with your timelines and needs.

… And More Comprehensive Support

  • Accessible Expertise
    In every Gore location worldwide our application engineers, process engineers, operations leaders, and plant operators are cross-trained in all aspects of our quality systems. Regional interaction and support eliminates "quality system" runarounds and delays so your whole process flows more smoothly.
  • More Solutions at Hand
    Root Cause Analysis is a special competency at Gore Automotive Vents. We require our Manufacturing and Quality associates worldwide to have training in, and actively practice: 5-Why, 8-D, Fishbone (Ishikawa Method), and Is/Is Not analysis. Their expertise can help you identify solutions that extend the reliability and service life of your components or systems.

Construction, Mining, Agriculture, Earth-Moving or Industrial Equipment, Marine applications, or Off-Road Motorized Dirt Bikes, Quads, etc.: Automotive PPAP requirements do not apply to you. Please visit GORE® Protective Vents to see their portfolio of products engineered specifically for your applications.

FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY

Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.