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Newtex Industries Inc. acquires Gentex Corp.’s industrial textile division

Company News, News | August 8, 2023 | By:

Specialized Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) from the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center in California participate in a training exercise. Proximity protective suits constructed from aluminized fabrics, such as the Z-Flex Multilayer Aluminized Fabrics by Newtex, are designed to protect people and equipment from radiant energy, sparks, flames and molten metal splash. Photo: San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center.

Newtex Industries Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance textiles and fabricated textile systems for thermal management and fire protection, announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of the Industrial Textile Division of Gentex Corp. This acquisition includes the market leading Dual-Mirror® and FlexIR® brands of aluminized fabrics, marking a significant expansion of Newtex’s existing product portfolio.

Jerry Joliet, CEO of Newtex Industries, commented on the acquisition: “The acquisition of Gentex’s textile division, which includes the Dual-Mirror and FlexIR brands, highlights our commitment to the safety of fire fighters, industrial workers, equipment and facilities globally. The combination of our Z-Flex Aluminized offerings with the Gentex brands will lead to a complete portfolio for any possible radiant heat shielding requirement.”

This strategic acquisition strengthens Newtex’s position as a global leader in high- temperature textiles for industrial and military applications.

About Newtex Industries, Inc.

Newtex Industries, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York, is a global leader in high-temperature textiles for thermal management and fire protection applications.

Serving a diverse range of industries, from aerospace and defense to manufacturing and fire services, Newtex is committed to providing innovative, reliable, and proven solutions that help ensure the safety and operational efficiency of professionals around the world. Newtex operates four related business units: Textiles, Safety Apparel, Fire Containment, and Industrial Seals.

About Gentex Corp.

With a history of innovation that spans over 125 years, Gentex Corporation is a leading supplier of products that advance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel operating in

high-performance environments. Our portfolio includes helmet system platforms, hearing protection and communications products, and capability upgrades for defense and security forces sold under the Gentex and Ops-Core brands, as well as PureFlo industrial respiratory protection systems. Privately held, Gentex is headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and supports its global customers through a worldwide distributor network and six other facilities in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Learn more at

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