New Product Design Centre
Zebra Technologies Announces New Product Design Centre
Innovative physical workplace designed to enable creative culture and inspire industry-leading technology advancements
Lincolnshire, IL, May 10, 2011─ Zebra Technologies Corporation
(NASDAQ: ZBRA), a recognised global leader in barcode, kiosk, card and
RFID printers as well as real-time location solutions, today announced
the opening of its new design centre in Agoura Hills, CA. The new
facility, which officially opened its doors on March 14, currently
houses more than 200 Zebra employees responsible for the design and
development of new products. In moving its workforce from a
manufacturing environment to the new Zebra Design Centre, the company
aims to create a unique work experience that attracts engineering
talent and enables even higher levels of innovation and collaboration
around defining, designing and marketing best-in-class products.
"The depth, breadth and performance of Zebra's product portfolio are unmatched, and we have clear intentions to leverage our competitive advantage by providing a leading-edge work environment. Our new design centre better enables our design team to co-create exceptional product ideas that are highly relevant to the expanding application needs of customers across numerous vertical and global geographic markets," said Hugh Gagnier, senior vice president, business development and operations at Zebra.
The Zebra Design Centre in Agoura Hills is located in close proximity to the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas to draw more technical talent from southern California universities. In contrast to typical product engineering facilities where design spaces are segmented into disciplines or projects, the engineering labs, concept-build and test facilities and new product introduction pilot line areas are situated in the centre of the facility. This approach is more conducive to overall engineering collaboration and allows, for example, a retail-focused team to share and spark ideas among a healthcare-focused team.
Structured with floor-to-ceiling windows and a shared open work area, the space configuration allows employees as well as visiting partners and customers to see work progressing. Branching out from this central space are bright open desk and casual seating and collaboration areas with white boards in which development teams can create and share new ideas.
"The physical work environment can significantly impact design teams' levels of engagement and effectiveness. We view our Design Centre an important part of retaining and attracting additional world class talent," added Gagnier. "We've taken a progressive and industry best practice approach to ensure
the most advanced tools are at our employees' fingertips and meet the evolving preferences of emerging technology talent."
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About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) gives customers visibility of critical assets, people and transactions through a broad range of printing and location technologies. Our barcode, card, kiosk and RFID printers as well as real-time location solutions have made us a recognised global leader in providing enabling solutions that identify, track, and manage critical assets, people and transactions for improved business efficiencies.
For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.