SMR Automotive Mirrors Stuttgart GmbH

Company Profile



Hedelfinger Strasse 60, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany

Business Overview

-Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR) is one of the largest producers of rear-view vision systems for the automotive industry and supplies interior mirrors, exterior mirrors and camera-based detection systems to almost all major car makers globally. Other products that the Company manufactures include lamps, lighting systems, electric drive modules, door handles, overhead consoles and intelligent camera systems.

-SMR operated 27 manufacturing facilities with presence in 17 countries.

-In March 2009, Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) completed the acquisition of Visiocorp plc., renaming the company as Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec.

-In 2021, SMR has acquired stakes in Nanchang JMCG Mekra Lang Vehicle Mirror Co., Ltd., China and Plast Met group, Turkey.


-Unlisted Company (As of Mar. 31, 2022)
Shareholder Shareholding Ratio (%)
Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group B.V. 98.4
Others 1.6


Exterior Mirrors
-Cost-driven segment mirrors with features including:

  • Full plastic design
  • Grained housings
  • Solid color molding
  • Flat and convex glass
  • Manual folding mirrors
  • Manual glass adjustment

-Medium segment mirrors with features including:

  • Painted housings and covers
  • Convex and aspheric glass
  • Glass heating
  • Electric glass adjustment
  • Power folding mechanisms
  • Bulb and LED turn signals
  • Temperature sensors

-Performance and premium segment mirrors with features including:

  • Structural aluminum components
  • Memory position adjustment
  • LED light guide turn signals
  • Ground illumination
  • LIN bus nodes
  • Integrated blind spot detection systems
  • Warning lights for driver assistance systems

-Commercial vehicle segment mirrors with features including:

  • Grained and painted housings and covers
  • Bulb and LED turn signals
  • Glass heating
  • Manual and electric glass adjustment
  • Manual and power folding mechanisms
  • Manual and power telescope features

Trailer Tow Mirrors
-External mirrors with power folding and telescoping functions for towing use

Interior Mirrors
-Basic prismatic mirrors
-Higher value-added mirrors with multiple features

  • Reading lamps
  • Ambient lights
  • Microphones
  • Remote control garage door openers
  • Telematics interface and emergency switches
  • Auto dimming glass
  • Rain sensors
  • Air temperature and humidity sensors
  • Radio-controlled electronic toll collect systems: ETCS

Lighting Systems
-Lamps integrated in exterior mirrors

  • Turn signals
  • Ground illumination
  • Signal lights for driver assistance systems

-Lamps integrated in interior mirrors

  • Interior lamps
  • Reading lamps
  • Courtesy lamps

-Interior lamps

  • Ambient light LEDs
  • Reading lamps
  • Ground illumination integrated in door panels

-Exterior lamps

  • Stop lamps
  • Rear signal lamps
  • Fender-mounted turn signal lamps
  • License plate illumination

Door Handles

Overhead Consoles

Electric Drive Modules
-Glass adjustment drives
-Glass adjustment drives with memory positioning function
-Power fold mechanisms for passenger cars and trucks
-Power telescope mechanisms for trucks

Camera Systems
-Blind spot detection systems
-360 degree panorama video display system with integrated driver assist systems

  • Back-up display with reverse driving guide lines
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Parking assistance systems
  • Park exit assistance
  • Corner view display
  • Cross traffic alert

-Lamps which illuminate a custom design on the ground as a user enters the vehicle

Ultrasonic Distance Sensor

Glass Actuator

Blind spot warning lamp


1935 The Company was founded and began producing interior lights for Mercedes-Benz.
1938 Expanded into providing rear lighting.
1950 Launched its rear-view-mirror business, supplying mirrors to Mercedes-Benz.
1989 Expanded into premium automotive sound systems.
1994 Acquired ULO, a Tier 1 rear lighting supplier.
1994 Its international expansion began in 1994 when the Company established operations in the United States.
1995 Commenced operations in Hungary as a first step to shifting some of its operations to low-cost countries.
1998 Entered into a joint venture in Slovenia to produce wire harnesses used in the production of mirrors and electronics.
2000 Acquired the Rear Vision Systems Division of Britax International.
2001 Entered into a joint venture with Saint Gobain Sekurit to form Freeglass GmbH & Co. KG, to make a plastic glazing substitutes for certain automotive glass applications.
2001 Acquired Global Light Industries GmbH (G.L.I.) an innovator of LED technology and optical applications for rear lighting.
2003 The Company continued to expand geographically, opening two assembly plants in China in early 2003.
2005 Opened a new facility in Slovenia for low cost lighting products to improve the company's lighting operations in Europe.
2006 Acquisition of Engelmann companies.
2007 Spin-off of its lighting business.
Changed its name from Schefenacker plc to Visiocorp plc.
2008 Sold its audio component business.
Opened a joint venture company in China.
2009 Became a member of Samvardhana Motherson Group and named SMR - Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec.
2010 Established two new assembly plants in India.
Launched construction of plants in Brazil and Hungary.
Aug. 2013 Opened a new production plant for automotive mirrors in Langfang, Hebei Province, China.
2015 Started plants in USA and China
2016 Started plants in USA and South Korea
2017 Started plants in India and China
2018 Started plant in Mosonszolnok, Hungary
2019 Expansion of existing facilities in Hungary, Korea, China and India
Apr. 2021 Acquired majority stake in Plast Met Group, Turkey
Nov. 2021 Acquired majority stake in Nanchang JMCG Mekra Lang Vehicle Mirror Co., Ltd. China

Supplemental Information 1

>>>Business Report FY2006 (Schefenacker)
>>>Business Report up until FY2007 to FY 2010
>>>Business Report up until FY ended Mar. 2015

Archives of Past Exhibits

-Figures in brackets ( ) indicate a loss
-All financial figures contained in this profile are based on information released by Motherson Sumi Systems Limited.