W.L GORE and SEFAR AG form a strategic alliance for architectural fabrics

W. L. Gore & Associates (Newark, Delaware, USA) and Sefar AG (Heiden, Switzerland) announced on January 26, 2010 they have entered into a strategic alliance to produce and market TENARA® Architectural Fabrics.

This alliance combines Gore’s patented technologies and innovative expanded PTFE (ePTFE) fibers with Sefar’s expertise in weaving and their strong presence in the architectural fabric market.

“Sefar’s interest in selling TENARA® Architectural Fabrics is a tribute to the quality of the product and the success of our innovation”, said Matt Murphy, Product Specialist for Gore’s ePTFE Weaving Fibers. "Extending our product range with TENARA® Architectural Fabrics is a major step forward to expand Sefar’s worldwide leading position as innovative partner of choice for uniquely aesthetic and functional textile architecture", said Ingo Thalhammer, Business Unit Manager for Sefar Architecture Solutions.

Gore will grant Sefar an exclusive license for production and sales of TENARA® Architectural Fabrics. It will remain the same unique, high quality fabric that is the choice for innovative installations worldwide, such as the retractable roof over the Centre Court at Wimbledon. TENARA® Architectural Fabrics, one of the most recognizable and successful fabrics for use in architectural applications, provide a unique combination of aesthetics and durability. With the broadest range of natural light transmission and the ability to fold or drape like no other building textile alternative, it is the ideal choice to create, protect and extend the usefulness of outdoor spaces.

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.

Sefar is a leading manufacturer of technical textiles with a global presence with subsidiaries in 21 countries and representations in another 75 countries. The annual sales in 2008 reached CHF 360 Mio and 2100 people were employed worldwide. Over the past 180 years, the Swiss company has grown into the world‘s leading producer of precision-woven fabrics. Working alongside experienced architects, lighting engineers and polymer experts, Sefar has developed a new generation of fabrics and installation solutions. Particularly where light and sound are concerned, these textile solutions display qualities which other materials cannot match. Visit www.sefar.com to learn more.

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