Knowles engages in the design
and manufacture of innovative products and components which serve the mobile
consumer electronics, medical technology, telecommunications infrastructure,
military/space and other industrial end markets. Knowles has manufacturing, technical
and customer support, and sales offices around the world, with its primary
manufacturing locations in China, Malaysia and the Philippines. Knowles
is currently owned by Dover Corporation, a diversified industrial
manufacturer. Knowles is part of Dover’s Communication Technologies
segment, and was built through a series of acquisitions (including Knowles
Electronics, Vectron International, Novacap, Syfer, Dielectric, Voltronics and
Sound Solutions) and internal growth initiatives spanning the last 20 years.
Dover recently announced the spin-off of Knowles into a separate,
publicly-traded company. Upon completion of the transaction, Knowles will
become an independent, global technology company serving the mobile consumer
electronics, medical technology, telecommunications infrastructure,
military/space and other industrial markets. Knowles will have a strong
position in MEMs microphones, speakers and receivers which are used in mobile
handsets, smartphones and tablets within the consumer electronics market.
Knowles will also be a leading manufacturer of transducers used in the hearing
health segment of the medical technology market and will have a market-leading
position in oscillator and capacitor components (timing devices) which serve
the telecommunication infrastructure, military/space and other industrial
markets. For 2013, Knowles will have approximately $1.3 billion in annual
revenue, with two-thirds derived from high-growth acoustic products.