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Behind the Zebra-Motorola acquisition

By Bob Trebilcock, Editor at Large
April 18, 2014

You wouldn’t call it David acquires Goliath, because in the Biblical story, the little guy slays the big guy. Meanwhile, the acquisition of Motorola Solutions ($2.5 billion in revenue/4,500 employees) by Zebra Technologies ($1 billion in revenue/2,000 employees) is a friendly deal all the way around. The deal was the result of a competitive process put in motion by Motorola Solutions last year. Credit a tough economy and favorable lending rates for making it possible. “We were pleased we were able to walk away with these assets,” says Phil Gerskovich, Zebra’s senior vice president of new growth platforms.“In different economic times, we wouldn’t have been able to do this deal, but with low interest rates, it made sense.”

Still, it is anything but an acquisition of equals, and Zebra will have its hands full integrating a company that is 2-1/2 times its size.

That’s one of the most important takeaways from the announcement the other day that Zebra Technologies plans to acquire Motorola Solution’s enterprise business.

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About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Editor at Large

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484 and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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