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Manufacturer supplying dimmable windows to Boeing for new jet

January 18, 2019
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Gentex Boeing 777x electronically dimmable windows EDWs
Courtesy Gentex Corporation

A manufacturer in the area will supply dimmable windows for a Boeing passenger airplane that’s under development.

Zeeland-based Gentex Corporation said this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that its latest generation of electronically dimmable windows, or EDWs, will be offered as an optional feature on the new Boeing 777X, which will hit the market in 2020.

“We’re proud to be a continued partner with Boeing as we look to expand and improve our dimmable glass product offerings,” said Steve Downing, president and CEO, Gentex.

“With careful design and collaboration with Boeing, our teams have developed a robust EDW system that easily integrates to the airframe for optimal control, aesthetics, performance and reliability.”

Gentex said its EDWs are a sunlight and heat control solution that eliminates the need for traditional window shades and lessens dependence on AC systems.

They allow passengers to selectively darken the aircraft windows as desired, while still enabling them to view the scenery outside.

The Boeing 777X will be the first to use the latest EDW technology, capable of eliminating "more than 99.9 percent" of the visible light at twice the darkening speed of previous dimmable windows.

Gentex

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (Nasdaq: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rear view mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows to the aviation industry and fire-protection products to the fire industry.

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