Zebra Technologies to acquire Motorola’s enterprise business for $3.45bn

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Zebra Technologies to acquire Motorola’s enterprise business for $3.45bn

Caroline Baldwin

Zebra Technologies has announced that it will acquire Motorola Solutions’ enterprise business for $3.45bn.

The manufacturer of barcode printing, RFID, and software and hardware supplies has bought the company to expand its product innovation.

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Zebra said it is moving more into the mobility, data analytics and cloud computing space and aims to become an industry leader in the internet of things and intelligence for the “connected age”.

The acquisition will also enable Zebra to expand geographically. The combined organisation will have about 20,000 channel partners in more than 100 countries.

Motorola now plans to concentrate all its efforts on driving forward its communications business for government and public safety customers.

Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO, said: “Last year, we undertook a thorough review of our strategy and concluded that the synergies between our government and enterprise businesses were not as great as the value we could create by being singularly focused on our core government and public safety business.

“Going forward, we will have absolute clarity of purpose and mission as we serve customers globally with our suite of mission-critical communications solutions. This business is truly distinctive in its industry leadership, strong pipeline position, long-term track record of consistent profitability and cash flow, and an array of growth opportunities.”

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.


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