W. L. Gore & Associates is a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products for the electronic, industrial, fabrics and medical markets. Perhaps best known for its waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s product portfolio features a diverse array of innovations, including everything from guitar strings to life-saving cardiovascular devices.
Gore is also well-known for its unique corporate culture. This is designed around small teams of associates whose relationship is based on mutual respect and understanding. To promote creativity the associates are encouraged to work on different projects in closely-integrated, multidisciplinary teams where interactions take place in a flat, grid-like “lattice” structure. The underlying principle within this structure is that anyone who has an idea and can convince other colleagues that it is a good one can go ahead and start a new project.
Gore has repeatedly been listed among the best places to work in the United States and in the U.K., France, Sweden, Italy and Germany. The company is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, USA, posts annual sales of three billion dollars, and employs 9,500 associates in 30 countries worldwide. In Putzbrunn near Munich W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH employs approximately 1.300 associates.
Year of establishment1958 (Newark/Delaware, USA)
1965 (Ottobrunn/München, Deutschland)
Business activityDevelopment and production of
membranes, fibres, filters and seals
for a variety of applications
as well as functional materials