Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies Corporation
Traded asNASDAQZBRA (Class A)
S&P 400 Component
IndustryComputer hardware
FounderEd Kaplan
Gerhard Cless
HeadquartersLincolnshire, Illinois, USA
Area served
Key people
Michael A. Smith
Chairman of the Board
Anders Gustafsson
CEO Director
ProductsRFID printers/encoders, barcode printers, mobile printers, card imaging printers, kiosk printers, real-time locating systems, UWB and related supplies and services
RevenueIncrease $3.722 billion (FY 2017)[1]
Increase $80.0 million (FY 2016)[1]
Increase -$137.0 million (FY 2016)[1]
Total assetsDecrease $4,632 million (FY 2016)[2]
Total equityDecrease $792 million (FY 2016)[2]
Number of employees
7,000[3] (2017)

Zebra Technologies Corporation is a public company based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA, that manufactures and sells marking, tracking and computer printing technologies. Its products include thermal barcode label and receipt printers, RFID smart label printers/encoders/fixed & handheld readers/antennas, and card and kiosk printers that are used for barcode labeling, personal identification and specialty printing principally in the manufacturing supply chain, retail, healthcare and government sectors. In 2018, the company had sales of $4.218 billion and had a market capitalization of $12.55 billion.[1]


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. Since 2008, Zebra has outsourced the majority of its printer manufacturing to Jabil Circuit in Guangzhou, China.[4]

In 1998 Zebra Technologies merged with Eltron International, Inc.[5] In 2000 Comtec Information Systems was acquired,[6] followed in 2003 by the acquisition of Atlantek, Inc.[7]

In 2004 the company expanded into RFID smart label manufacturing,[8] acquiring Retail Systems International the next year.[9] In the following years Swecoin, WhereNet Corp,[10] Proveo AG,[11] and Navis Holdings (later divested in 2011)[12] were acquired.

The company established the Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) in 2008; renamed as Zebra Enterprise Solutions in 2009. In the same year Multispectral Solutions, Inc. was acquired.[13] In 2012 the company acquired LaserBand,[14] and StepOne Systems in a cash purchase price of $1.5 million.[15]

2013 saw the acquisition of Hart Systems for $94 million in cash from the private equity firm Topspin Partners LBO.[16] In 2014, Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business was bought in a $3.45 billion transaction, providing mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services.[16]

In 2019, Zebra acquired Temptime Corporation, a provider of temperature monitoring devices to the healthcare industry.[17]


Zebra Technologies has more than 80 offices worldwide.[18]

Zebra Technologies office in Heerenveen, The Netherlands.

In its annual report for the year ended December 2015, the company said it provided products and services in over 170 countries, with approximately 120 facilities and 7,000 employees worldwide.[19]


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  4. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/zebra/featured/5 Chicago Tribune: Manufacturing
  5. ^ "Zebra merger: Zebra Technologies Corp.'s shareholders..."
  6. ^ "History of Zebra Technologies Corporation – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com.
  7. ^ "Zebra to acquire maker of photo ID card printers".
  8. ^ "RedPrairie Provides Support for Zebra RP4T Mobile Thermal RFID - Bloomberg". Bloomberg (Press release). 24 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Form 10K SEC Filings". web.archive.org. 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ Journal, RFID. "Zebra Acquires Active RFID Provider WhereNet - 2007-01-12 - Page 1 - RFID Journal". www.rfidjournal.com.
  11. ^ Journal, RFID. "Zebra Buys Navis, Proveo - 2007-10-16 - Page 1 - RFID Journal". www.rfidjournal.com.
  12. ^ "Zebra Technologies sells Navis unit for $190M". Crain's Chicago Business.
  13. ^ Crunchbase
  14. ^ St. Louis Business Journal
  15. ^ "Retail Touch Points". EWEBsite. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b Osborne, Charlie. "Zebra Technologies buys Motorola enterprise unit for $3.5bn - ZDNet".
  17. ^ "Zebra Technologies to Acquire Temptime Corporation". www.businesswire.com. 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  18. ^ "Contact Zebra - Zebra Technologies". Zebra Technologies.
  19. ^ "Zebra Technologies Corporation Annual Report December 2015" (PDF). Zebra Technologies Corporation. 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2017-01-25.

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