Zebra Technologies is a leading global provider of rugged and reliable specialty printing solutions, including on-demand thermal bar code label and receipt printers and supplies, plastic card printers, RFID smart label printer/encoders, certified smart media, and digital photo printers - With the most recognized brand in the automatic identification industry and the most complete product line, Zebra solutions are used by more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 and global 2000 companies to improve business processes, increase productivity, and strengthen security. Nearly five million Zebra printers have been sold worldwide.
Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Zebra was incorporated in 1969 as Data Specialties Inc., 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 Corp. in 1986. Zebra became a publicly traded company in 1991, with shares traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol ZBRA. Today, with more than $650 million in annual sales, the company still manufactures all of its printers in U.S.-based facilities located in Vernon Hills, Ill. and Camarillo, Calif. The company also manufactures and distributes Genuine Zebra Supplies from its facilities in Wisconsin, Rhode Island, California, and Preston, England. To underscore its commitment to quality and reliability, all of Zebra's design and manufacturing sites are certified to the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management.
Zebra's international distribution and sales network encompasses more than 90 countries. Zebra Technologies Europe Ltd, headquartered in the United Kingdom, provides product and specialty media sales and support to a wide area of operations, including oversight of the sales and support offices in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Miami, Fla.-based Zebra Technologies Latin America, LLC, serves as the headquarters for the company's Latin American operations. Additional Zebra sales and support offices are located in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific, LLC, is based in Singapore and oversees the company's activities in the region including sales and support offices in China, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
Awards and Recognition
Zebra is recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing companies by leading industry analysts and national, local and trade business magazines. Zebra is regularly named to Deloitte and Touche's prestigious "Fast 50" list, a regional ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States and Canada, and Forbes' list of the "200 Best Small Companies America." Zebra is often included in BusinessWeek's annual rating of the 100 hot growth corporations and Hoover's Hot 250 list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. In addition, Zebra was recently named "Supply Chain Innovator" by Supply Chain Systems magazine, and the readers of Consumer Goods Technology magazine recently named Zebra the number one company for RFID customer support.