Porex Corporation, a global leader in advanced porous solutions and a member company of the Filtration Group, opened its doors 58 years ago in a small building on Bay Street in Fairburn, Georgia. Today, Porex employs over 700 people around the world and partners with over 1,500 customers in 65 countries to deliver engineering and design innovations that turn their product ideas into reality.
By collaborating with our customers, Porex engineers high-value solutions for our customers’ product design challenges in absorption, application, diffusion, filtration, venting, and wicking. These advanced porous solutions can be applied in a wide variety of industries – from medical devices to writing instruments – to bring our customers’ product ideas to life.
In 1961, Mr. Bob Dickey, a research scientist, started a small business making sheet material out of various polymers to be used in a caustic fluid separation process. At this time, the porous plastics industry was still in its infancy: Mr. Dickey and his two employees refined sintered porous plastics for commercial production purposes.
Porex Materials Corporation was incorporated on April 27, 1961, and, shortly thereafter, Mr. Dickey and his employees applied the technology they had developed to making the first porous plastic nibs for writing instruments. Launching a line of products under the POREX brand name, Porex quickly set the performance standard for writing nibs with sales reaching $1 million in 1968.
In the decades to follow, Porex garnered a leading presence in diverse markets including biomedical and life sciences, electronics, cosmetics and more. The unique properties of porous plastics materials combined with the groundbreaking design and engineering expertise of Porex employees fostered continued growth that spurred entrance into critical markets and led to key acquisitions. The company also grew internationally, expanding into Europe in the 1980s and to Asia in the 1990s. Most recently in 2018, Porex expanded within Malaysia and China to enhance operations and customer support.
In 2013, Porex became a member company of the Filtration Group. Filtration Group is on a mission to make the world safer, healthier and more productive. With a passionate workforce, global footprint and world class engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Filtration Group is driving innovation and developing solutions across a broad spectrum of applications in the fast-growing global filtration industry.
Filtration Group began in 2009 and has rapidly grown to be a global leader in the highly attractive filtration industry. With revenues of $1.6 billion, Filtration Group is consistently recognized as the fastest growing and one of the largest filtration businesses in the world. With over 7,000 employees, the Company serves its customers from a global footprint of 105 facilities in over 25 countries. Filtration Group operates across a wide variety of attractive end markets and produces mission critical products with high replacement rates.
Filtration Group is an affiliate of Madison Industries, one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the world. Madison builds entrepreneurially driven, branded market leaders that are committed to making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value. The team at Madison is committed to building something truly remarkable that long outlasts them while coaching others to reach their highest potential. For more information about Madison, please visit www.madison.net.
Porex continues to excel as a global leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced porous solutions. Porex’s unmatched technology expertise, commitment to stringent regulatory and quality standards and dedication to customer service continue to distinguish our products in the global marketplace. In 2019, Porex was recognized as an Edison Award winner for our revolutionary POREX® FORTRESS™ liquid barrier pipette tip filter, an innovative technology that protects the purity of samples and ensures reliable test results for clinical laboratory professionals. Our commitment to engineering solutions for the next generation continues to propel us forward.
From facilities around the world, Porex implements groundbreaking technologies and a depth of expertise to engineer the porous plastic solutions that help bring your next product to life – and create a safer, healthier and more productive world.