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WIN 2016-2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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As a new business venture begun in 1958 by Bill and Vieve Gore, W. L. Gore & Associates became the world leader in developing fluoropolymers, especially polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The 1969 discovery of expanded PTFE by Bob Gore paved the way for waterproof, breathable fabrics and thousands of diverse innovations. Multi-Tiered Evolution In the 1980's, GORE-TEX ® footwear liners and GORE-TEX ® glove inserts were added to the outerwear portfolio. Gore's fiber was used in space suits designed for astronauts on the Columbia as well as NASA's inaugural space shuttle mission. Gore also launched its first medical ePTFE patch product, a cardiovascular patch. Others followed, including patches for hernia reconstruction. Gore received the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind for the development of its medical products. In the 1990's, Gore introduced its first product featuring electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding technology. GLIDE ® Floss, one of the company's most significant non-fabric consumer products also debuted at that time. Additionally, Gore introduced a membrane electrode assembly used in fuel cell technology. ELIXIR ® Strings — a coated guitar string that dramatically improves tone life — entered the A privately-held company, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) is a proven protective fabrics supplier across a broad range of activities and conditions – from hiking in downpours to fighting fires. Gore's Fabrics Division brought comfort to the outdoor industry 40 years ago with the development of waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® Fabric technology. As the leading innovator of performance apparel, Gore's experience and expertise has resulted in such industry breakthroughs as the first waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® footwear fabric; addressing heat stress in the firefighting industry with GORE® CROSSTECH® moisture barriers; protecting soldiers with GORE-TEX® Combat Gear and GORE-TEX® PYRAD® technology; and increasing mission time for CBRN/special ops responders with GORE® CHEMPAK® fabrics. The Rain Room in Gore's new Biophysics Laboratory simulates a light rainfall to a heavy downpour with winds varying between a little breeze to speeds of up to 5 meters per second. The Environmental Chamber of Gore's new Biophysics Laboratory simulates a range of environmental conditions experienced by end users like a firefighter. PINPOINTING PROTECTION READINESS By Kevin Hunter, CST & CBRNE Editor INDUSTRY PARTNER W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. 8 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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