|Traded as||NASDAQ: ZBRA|
|Founder(s)||Edward L. Kaplan
|Headquarters||Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA|
|Key people||Michael A. Smith
Chairman of the Board
|Products||RFID printer/encoders, Mobile printers, UWB, Card imaging printers, and other peripherals|
|Revenue||$ 983.5 million - 2011|
|Operating income||$ 182.0 million - 2011|
|Net income||$ 130.3 million - 2011|
|Total assets||$ 983.5 million - 2011|
|Total equity||$ 776.9 million - 2011|
|Employees||2,200 - January 2012|
Zebra Technologies is a manufacturer of thermal bar code label and receipt printers, RFID smart label printer/encoders, card and kiosk printers, based in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Zebra has products in 100 countries around the world. Zebra-brand printers are used by more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
Zebra was incorporated in 1969 as 'Data Specialties Incorporated', a manufacturer of high-speed electromechanical products. The company changed its focus to specialty on-demand labeling and ticketing systems in 1982, and became 'Zebra Technologies Corporation' in 1986. Zebra became a publicly traded company in 1991. Today, with more than $800 million in annual sales, the company specialises in speciality printer products, printer supplies (consumables) and RFID technologies.
The company with its headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has facilities worldwide, for example in Vernon Hills, Illinois; Wisconsin; Rhode Island; California; Bourne End and Preston, England; Heerenveen in the Netherlands; Singapore and Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou in China.
In October 1998, Zebra Technologies merged with Eltron International.
All of Zebra's design and manufacturing sites are certified to the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management. Since 2008, Zebra has outsourced the majority of its printer manufacturing to Jabil Circuit in Guangzhou, China.
Zebra's printers make use of a specialized page formatting language called Zebra Programming Language (ZPL). Some printers also use a "Zebra Basic Interpreter" (ZBI 2) to allow the user to capture and manipulate incoming data for use in printing. Labels and documents can be designed using the ¨ZebraDesigner Pro" label design software and printers can be remotely configured and controlled using the ¨ZebraNet Bridge¨ printer management software.
On September 14, 2004, RedPrairie's RFID Igniter or RFID Accelerator compliance systems provided EPC codes and product information to the Zebra OEM print engine for encoding on the RFID chip and printing on the smart label.
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