Engineered on the inside for life on the outside.

ABOUT GARMIN

Garmin was founded in 1989, and is currently incorporated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, with headquarters located in the United States. Garmin first set foot in the aviation industry with its cutting-edge GPS navigation products almost three decades ago. Since then, Garmin's product lines have expanded to fully cover the aviation, marine, and automotive industries. Today, Garmin is the renowned leader in the aviation, marine, automotive, outdoor, and fitness markets. Built on a healthy product ecosystem, and combining awe-inspiring designs, impeccable quality, and superior reliability into excellent user experiences, Garmin strives to become the number one brand for all who enjoy their lives.

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Mission

OUR MISSION

To be an enduring company by creating superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor, and sports that are an essential part of our customers’ lives.

Vision

OUR VISION

We will be the global leader in every market we serve, and our products will be sought after for their compelling design, superior quality, and best value.

Values

OUR VALUES

The foundation of our culture is honesty, integrity, and respect for associates, customers, and business partners. Each associate is fully committed to serving customers and fellow associates through outstanding performance and accomplishing what we say we will do.

Gary & Min

Our Founders

Garmin was co-founded in 1989 by the then electrical engineers, Gary Burrell and Min H. Kao. Gary was born in Kansas, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Min was born in Zhushan, Taiwan, and earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee.

The pair came into contact with the then highly classified satellite positioning technology while working for their former employer on a project for the US Department of Defense.

Their ideal was to "popularize GPS and change the world," but this was in conflict with their former employer, who was cutting R&D budget. Hence their decision to start their own business. The company, and indeed its name Garmin, was put together by the two founders—Gary and Min.

Garmin started out by integrating cockpit navigation devices into an all-in-one design, which became immensely popular. The GPS technology was then gradually expanded, eventually into wearable products today, broadening the market into aviation, marine, automotive, outdoor, and fitness.

Garmin's business philosophy of valuing the fundamentals and "tackling the hardest jobs first" have carried the company through all kinds of challenges over the 30 years, and the business model of "vertical integration" resulted in extremely high customer satisfaction.

HISTORY

2018

Introduced the first professional dive watch Descent® Mk1, officially stepping into the dive watch market.

2017

Named Manufacturer of the Year by the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) for the third consecutive year, and won 8 Product of Excellent Awards.

2016

Released vívomove®, the smartwatch with analog hands, opening the door to the hybrid smartwatch market.

Red Bull Air Race

2015

Launched Forerunner 225®, Garmin's first running watch with wrist-based heart rate monitor.

2014

Released Connect IQ, Garmin's open platform for third-party apps.

2013

Became the provider of in-dash navigation system for Mercedes-Benz.

2011

Co-founder Dr. Min H. Kao was elected to National Academy of Engineering.

Clifton A. Pemble

2007

Clifton A. Pemble was appointed president and chief operating officer.

2003

Unveiled the historic Forerunner™ 201, the world's first wrist-based GPS trainer.

2001

Launched StreetPilot® III, the world’s first portable navigation product with voice prompts.

2000

The US government opened GPS data to the public, greatly improving the precision of GPS positioning for civilians.

1998

Released NavTalk®, the world’s first GPS-integrated cellular phone.

1993

Introduced GPS 95, the world’s first portable GPS unit for aviation.

Beyond Innovation

Vertical Integration — The Key to Garmin's Success.

Garmin outsources nothing. From a product's design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, to servicing, everything is done in-house. This creates a big advantage for Garmin. Direct communications between R&D and manufacturing gives Garmin full control over the materials and parts used, and keeps the manufacturing processes optimized.

In-house mechanical engineering eliminated interferences between devices, and allowed for higher-capacity batteries without sacrificing the slimness of the products.

By integrating accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, Garmin devices are able to detect the precise direction and angle of movement, and tracks floors ascended/descended, or the types of activities taken, greatly enhancing the precision of GPS positioning.



Around the globe

Garmin products can be seen all around the world.
Our commitment to vertical integration is the open secret that keeps us making incredible products, and our customers satisfied.

Facilities

Locations worldwide

60

Employees

Employees worldwide

> 12000