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Barco N.V.
Public company
Traded as EuronextBAR
Industry Display technology
Founded 1934
Founder Lucien De Puydt
Headquarters Kortrijk, Belgium
Key people
Jan De Witte, CEO
An Desender, CFO
Products Laser projectors, Video, Digital cinema, display controller, LCD, DLP projectors, LED and Flat panel displays, image processing equipment and software, media servers, medical displays, wireless collaboration tools
Revenue €1.029 billion (2015)
Number of employees
3,300 (2016)

Barco N.V. is a display hardware and software manufacturer specializing in laser projectors, digital cinema projection, video projectors, DLP projectors, Image Processing, LED displays, flat panel displays, LCD and LED video walls, medical displays, point of care devices, 3D sound, digital signage, wireless collaboration tools, automated luminaires, digital lighting, lighting controls, display controllers.[1]

Barco is headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, and has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Barco is active in more than 90 countries and employs 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015.[2]

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Barco designs and develops networked visualization and collaboration products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets.


Barco is an acronym that originally stood for Belgian American Radio COrporation.


  • Barco Graphics was the graphics division of the Belgian Barco Group. It was the result of the 1989 merger of Digitized Information Systems Corporation (D.I.S.C.), Aesthedes and Barco's own "Creative Group".
  • In 1997, Barco acquired EIS (Electronic Image Systems), a manufacturer of high brightness, high resolution calligraphic CRT projectors for the flight simulation market.
  • In 1998, Barco ETS, now Ucamco acquired Gerber Systems Corp., a manufacturer of plotters and Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) systems for printed circuit boards, based in Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
  • In 1999, Barco acquired Metheus Corporation, a Tektronix spin-off and manufacturer of professional graphics controllers, based in Beaverton, Oregon, United States.[3]
  • In 2004, Barco acquired Voxar, a 3D medical imaging software company, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • In 2004, Barco acquired Folsom Research, Inc, based in Rancho Cordova, California, United States. Folsom's product lines cover solutions for image processing, image communication and image functionality & interactivity.
  • In 2008, Barco acquired High End Systems, an automated luminaires, digital lighting and lighting controls company, based in Austin, Texas.
  • In 2010, Barco acquired Fimi, a company specialized in medical imaging, based in Saronno, Italy.
  • In 2010, Barco acquired all intellectual property of Element Labs, a manufacturer of LED equipment, based in Santa Clara, California, United States.
  • In 2010, Barco acquired dZine, a Belgium-based company specialized in Digital Signage solutions.
  • In 2012, Barco acquired IP Video Systems, a company specialized in networked visualization solutions, based in Sunnyvale, California.
  • In 2012, Barco acquired JAOtech, a manufacturer of patient entertainment and point-of-care terminals for hospitals, based in Surrey, UK.
  • In 2013, Barco acquired AWIND, a manufacturer of hardware and software for wireless presentation systems, based in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • In 2013, Barco acquired projectiondesign®, a manufacturer of projection technology, based in Fredrikstad, Norway.
  • In 2014, Barco acquired X20 Media Inc, an enterprise communication specialist, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • In 2014, Barco acquired IOSONO GmbH, a 3D audio expert, based in Erfurt, Germany.
  • In 2015, Barco acquired Advan Int'l Corp, a US-based manufacturer of LCD displays for modality applications


  • In 2002, Barco Graphics was acquired by Danish Purup-Eskofot, and renamed Esko-Graphics, which was again renamed Esko in 2006.[4]
  • In 2007, BarcoVision was acquired by Itema Group from Bergamo, Italy.[5]
  • In 2008, Barco sold its Advanced Visualisation (AVIS) group (the previously acquired Voxar)[6] to Toshiba Medical (TMSC).[7]
  • In 2014, Barco divested a wholly owned subsidiary of Barco NV, Barco Orthogon, based in Bremen, Germany, to Exelis.
  • In 2015, Barco's Defense & Aerospace division was sold to US-based Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE: ESL).[8]


CEO 2016 - Jan de Witte

CEO 2008 - 2016 Eric Van Zele
CEO 2002 - 2008 Martin De Prycker
CEO - 2002 Hugo Vandamme (nl)

Barco Silex[edit]

Barco Silex is a micro-electronic design house established in 1991, that belongs to the Barco group and has both offices and design teams in Belgium and France.[9]

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  1. ^ "Barco Makes Meetings Efficient For Businesses -". CXOToday News Desk. Sep 6, 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Archer, Robert. "Meridian Audio and Barco Partner to Create Seamless Audio/Video Experiences". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "acquires Metheus Corporation in U.S". Barco. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "signs agreement with Italian Itema to divest its division BarcoVision". Barco. 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^   (2008-11-21). "Barco verkoopt verlieslatende Voxar: De Tijd". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Investors | Barco sells Advanced Visualization business to Toshiba". Barco. 2008-11-21. Archived from the original on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Barco finalizes sale of its Defense & Aerospace division to Esterline". Barco. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  9. ^ "About Barco Silex". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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