Gore Fabrics Presents GORE-TEX Products with a PFCEC Free DWR at OutDoor Show

  • Key milestone achieved in delivering against ambitious PFC goals
  • Increased use of recycled and solution-dyed textiles in garments portfolio contributes to
    water savings and reduces CO2 emissions

FELDKIRCHEN-WESTERHAM, Germany (June 14, 2018) – The Fabrics Division of W. L.
Gore & Associates is proud to announce that it reached a first key milestone on its journey
towards the goal of eliminating PFCs of Environmental Concern (PFCEC) from the life cycle of
the large majority of its consumer fabrics portfolio by 2020. This ambitious goal was announced
in February 2017 (www.gore-tex.com/pfcgoal).

At its booth at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen (A1, 302), Gore Fabrics presents a range of
GORE-TEX 2-Layer jackets that utilize – for the first time – a DWR treatment (Durable Water
Repellent) free of PFCEC while keeping Gore´s GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ brand
promise. The jackets are manufactured by customers such as Berghaus, Haglöfs and Marmot,
amongst others.

In addition, the outdoor jackets shown at the booth reflect a second big step forward in Gore
Fabrics´ efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its products: They all are manufactured
with Gore laminates utilizing face-textiles made from recycled materials – another key initiative
within Gore Fabrics´ strategy.

Using recycled materials helps reduce the amount of plastic waste that otherwise would end up
in landfills or incineration. Gore’s recycled nylon is currently sourced from pre-consumer waste
while its recycled polyester stems from used PET bottles.

Bernhard Kiehl, Gore Fabrics´ Sustainability Leader: “The GORE-TEX jackets shown at our
booth have a PFCEC free DWR treatment and face-textiles made from recycled materials. They
represent our strong intent to offer environmentally improved products. The positive feedback
we have received from customers and consumers on our innovations motivates us to work even
harder on developing further advanced material solutions. We continue our efforts to deliver fitfor-
use products that provide the best possible combination of high performance, durability and
a low environmental footprint.”

While Gore Fabrics´ current product collection for the Autumn/Winter season 2018 offers more
than a dozen GORE-TEX laminates that are manufactured with face-textiles made from
recycled materials, this number is expected to almost triple by A/W 2019.

Also ready to be rolled-out by customers for the A/W season 2019 is another innovation:
solution-dyed face-textiles. Solution dyeing is a yarn-dyeing technology that – compared to
conventional dyeing processes – saves up to 60% in water usage and significantly reduces CO2
emissions. During the solution-dyeing process, dyestuffs are mixed with the nylon or polyester
pellets prior to spinning into yarn. The resulting yarn is permanently, deeply colored and ready
to be woven into fabrics.

Gore Fabrics has also developed a new textile backer that combines the advantages of solution
dyeing and recycled content resulting in an offering of an additional range of 18 laminates with
solution dyed content to GORE -TEX brand partners from 2019 onwards.

Thomas Kiebler, Gore Fabrics’ Application Engineer Leader, explains: “We seek to expand our
share of solution-dyed textiles due to two compelling advantages: solution-dyeing helps reduce
our environmental footprint and offers a performance benefit of superior color-fastness to light –
which will allow consumers to enjoy the brilliance of colors for longer than usual. And, as we
know from our Life Cycle Assessment studies, using durable outerwear for a long time is the
best thing you can do to reduce its impact on the environment.”

About Gore´s Fabrics Division
Gore’s Fabrics Division revolutionized the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable
GORE-TEX fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore fabrics
products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling
wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. From hiking in downpours to military
operations and fighting fires, Gore’s deep understanding of consumer and industry needs drives
development of products with meaningful performance advantages. www.goretex.com

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