New Gore Business Unit Offers Environmental Protection for Portable Electronic Devices

GORE Portable Electronic Vents will concentrate on providing solutions to protect devices from water, dust and dirt ingress while maintaining the integrity of sound transmission.


ELKTON, MD, APRIL 30, 2012W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has stepped up its efforts to help OEM customers maintain sound quality and protect sensitive electronics in cell phones, laptop/tablet PCs, two-way radios and other handheld and portable electronic devices by creating a new business unit. GORE® Portable Electronic Vents will concentrate on providing solutions to protect devices from water, dust and dirt ingress while maintaining the integrity of sound transmission.

“Active users expect smart phones, laptop computers, two-way radios, tablets, and other portable electronic devices to function well in any environment,” said GORE Associate Victor Lusvardi, Global Business Leader for the new Portable Electronic Vents unit. “They must withstand water, dust, liquids and harsh environments without compromising performance or reliability.”

GORE® Venting solutions for portable electronics prevent contaminants from entering, while preserving sound transmission quality through the use of high transmission materials employing Gore’s unique ePTFE (expanded polytetraflouroethylene) technology. These are available in a variety of product forms for protection from dust and splash as well as full immersion. Pre-cut adhesive vents and unique custom vent designs are also available.

Benefits include:

  • minimal sound transmission loss due to acoustically transparent materials
  • excellent dust and liquid barriers for indoors and outdoor protection
  • quick venting recovery after liquid immersion
  • robust adhesives to withstand challenging environments and adhere to different product surfaces
  • low profiles for devices with limited space
  • dust, splash and immersion protection that meets a range of IP standards up to IP68

“We not only help OEMs meet standards, but with our ongoing technology improvements and enhanced focus on portable electronics, Gore can actually assist in the development of new device standards for products where technology and market requirements are rapidly changing,” noted Lusvardi. “One of Gore’s core values is to ensure that our products are engineered to meet or exceed the needs of our customers’ specific applications.”

For more information, contact W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Portable Electronic Vents, 1-800-637-4449 (USA). E-mail: portableelectronics@wlgore.com Web: www.gore.com/portableelectronics.

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical markets. Perhaps best known for its waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio features a diverse array of innovations, including everything from guitar strings to life-saving cardiovascular devices. Gore is headquartered in Newark, Del., posts annual sales of $2.5 billion, and employs 9,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. It is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings were introduced in 1984. Visit www.gore.com to learn more.

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