Profile: Gentex Corp (GNTX.O)
16 Mar 2018
Gentex Corporation, incorporated on January 11, 1974, designs and manufactures automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry, and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry. The Company's business segment involves designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. Within this business segment, the Company also designs, develops and manufactures various electronics that are features to the interior and exterior automotive rearview mirrors, as well as interior visors, overhead consoles, and other locations in the vehicle. The Company ships its products to all of the automotive producing regions across the world, which it supports with various sales, engineering and distribution locations across the world.
The Company's Automotive applications consists of interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and automotive electronics. The Company manufactures interior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors that darken to reduce glare and manage visibility for the driver. These electronic interior mirrors can also include electronic features, such as compass, microphones, HomeLink, lighting assist and driver assist forward safety camera systems, various lighting systems, various telematics systems, integrated toll module (ITM) systems, and a range of displays. It also ships interior non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with features. It manufactures other automotive electronics products both inside and outside of the rearview mirror through HomeLink applications in the vehicle, including the rearview mirror, interior visor, overhead console, or center console. It produces rearview mirrors and electronics for automotive passenger cars, light trucks, pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the world, tier-one automotive mirror manufacturers across the world, and various aftermarket and accessory customers. It offers SmartBeam, HomeLink, frameless mirror designs, light-emitting diode (LED) map lamps, compass and temperature displays, telematics, ITM systems, biometric authentication systems (in development), hands free communication, as well as Rear Camera Display (RCD) interior mirrors and Full Display Mirror (FDM) interior mirrors, exterior turn signals, side blind zone indicators and various other exterior mirror features.
The Company provides variably dimmable windows for the passenger compartment on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Series of Aircraft. It manufactures photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, visual signaling alarms, photoelectric smoke detectors and electrochemical carbon monoxide alarms, electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, audible and visual signaling alarms, and bells and speakers for use in fire detection systems in office buildings, hotels, and other commercial and residential establishments. Its fire protection products are sold directly to fire protection and security product distributors under the Company's brand name, to electrical wholesale houses, and to OEM of fire protection systems under both the Company's brand name and private labels. It markets its fire protection products primarily in North America, but also globally through regional sales managers and manufacturer representative organizations.
The Company competes with Magna International, YH America, Inc., BYD Auto Company, Murakami Kaimeido Company, Steelmate, Tokai Rika Company, Ningbo Kingband, Peak Power Automotive and Beijing Sincode.
600 N CENTENNIAL ST
ZEELAND MI 49464