Gentex Corp was organized as a Michigan company on January 11, 1974. The Company 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 auto-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. The Company ships its product to all of the automotive producing regions, which it supports with numerous sales, engineering and distribution locations. The Company is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Automotive applications segment 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 improve visibility for the driver. In North America, Europe and Asia, the Company markets its products through a direct sales force through its sales and engineering offices located in, Germany, UK, Sweden, France, Japan, Korea and China, as well as its' headquarters in Michigan. The Company manufactures photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, photoelectric smoke detectors and 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 establishments, as well as residential applications. The Company's 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 original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems under both the Company's brand name and private labels. The fire protection products industry is competitive in terms of both the smoke detectors and signaling appliance markets. It offers variable dimmable windows to the aircraft manufacturers. The Company owns 29 U.S. trademarks and 533 U.S. patents, 491 of which relate to electrochromic technology, automotive rearview mirrors, microphones, displays, cameras, sensor technology, and/or HomeLink products. The Company also owns 175 foreign Registered Trademarks and 687 foreign patents, of which 167 Registered Trademarks and 607 patents relate to electrochromic technology, automotive rearview mirrors, microphones, displays, cameras, sensor technology, and/or HomeLink products. The Company owns 7 U.S. Registered Trademarks, 16 U.S. Patents, 18 foreign Registered Trademarks, and 11 foreign patents that relate to the Company's fire protection products. The Company owns 26 U.S. Patents and 15 foreign patents that relate specifically to the Company's variable dimmable windows.
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