Gore invests in the future of smart workwear with LifeBooster collaboration

W. L. Gore and Associates (Gore) has released the "Responsibility Update" of its Fabrics Division for 2021.

Gore is announcing an equity investment and collaboration with LifeBooster, a leading developer in connected worker risk analytics technology.

Together, the companies will forge a multi-year plan to launch a new era in smart safety apparel with the aim of reducing job-related injuries for industrial workers, particularly those in highly-skilled, physically demanding jobs including commercial aviation, automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing, and food processing and production.

The collaboration brings together the unique qualities of both companies, pairing Gore’s unparalleled material science expertise and world-class GORE-TEX Product Technologies with LifeBooster’s wearable technology and near real-time ergonomic and heat stress data. LifeBooster’s extensible cloud platform assesses multiple injury risks to workers in industrial environments by analyzing motion, posture, thermal stress and vibration. This powerful combination will result in co-branded smart work apparel that takes the assessment of injury risk and worker protection to a new level of form, function and value.

“By virtue of our expertise in performance apparel and depth of knowledge in human physiology, we are a great partner to collaborate with LifeBooster to advance its innovations in smart technology for apparel,” says David Dillon, Leader of Gore’s Smart Apparel opportunity. “We have immense confidence that LifeBooster’s vision, experienced team, technical capabilities and cultural values directly align with ours and we are excited for this collaboration.”

The first-generation garments have successfully completed field trials, with systems going to market in fall 2021.

“Gore’s investment in our work is not just a milestone in our company’s development, but also a validation of the need to continuously advance technology that improves the health and safety of billions of workers worldwide,” says Bryan Statham, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LifeBooster. “It is our hope that this collaboration results products that exceed the nearly 80% risk reduction we are already achieving for our clients.”

Workplace injuries and illnesses cost companies and insurers an estimated $250 billion annually in direct and indirect costs, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute and an analysis by Accenture. Technology enabling preventive action to reduce incidents of on-the-job injuries has great potential to make a significant economic and worker safety impact by minimizing injury risks.

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