Barco NV is a technology company that develops visualization and collaboration solutions to help professionals work together, share information, and project images in cinemas and elsewhere. Its focus is on three core markets: Enterprise, Healthcare and Entertainment.
In 2017, the company realized sales of 1.085 billion euro. It employs 3,600 employees located in 90 countries. The company has 400 granted patents.
Barco is headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, and has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Shares of Barco are listed on Euronext Brussels. It has a market cap of around €1.2 billion (February 2018).
Healthcare: diagnostic, surgical and clinical imaging
Barco is an acronym that originally stood for Belgian American Radio Corporation.
Barco was founded in 1934 in the town of Poperinge, in the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium. Founder Lucien de Puydt's initial business was to assemble radios from parts imported from the United States – hence the name of his company, the Belgium American Radio Corporation, or "Barco."
In 1949, Barco started developing a multi-standard television that accepted different signal standards, becoming a leader in that field. A jukebox called Barc-O-Matic was sold from 1951. In 1967, it was one of the first European companies to introduce color TV. Building on this, it then entered the professional broadcast market in the late ‘60s, supplying TV monitors to broadcasters.
From the ‘60s onwards, Barco branched out into numerous other activities, which included mechanical components for industrial use, and quality control monitoring for the textile and plastics industries. In 1967, Barco became the first European manufacturer to produce transistor-based portable televisions.
Barco first entered projection technology in 1979 when it pioneered the development of cathode ray tube (CRT) projection aboard airplanes. Over the following years, it gradually focused solely on professional markets.
In the mid ‘80s, Barco became a main projection technology supplier for computer giants IBM, Apple and Hewlett-Packard. In the late ‘80s, it entered the Brussels stock market. By 1991, Barco’s market share in the graphics projection market alone reached 75%, and the company had established offices across the world, including regional headquarters in the United States and East-Asia.
Through the ‘90s and the first decade of the new millennium, Barco developed and marketed new display technologies such as liquid crystal display (LCD), light-emitting diodes (LED), Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing (DLP), and later, liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS). It now covers markets that include media and entertainment, security and monitoring, medical imaging, avionics, 3D and virtual reality, digital cinema, traffic control, broadcast and training and simulation.
In 2018, Barco entered into a joint venture with China Film Group Corporation (“CFG”), Appotronics and CITICPE to commercialize each company’s products and services for the global cinema market excluding mainland China. In Barco's case, this involved the company's cinema projectors.
Barco Graphics was the graphics division of the Belgian Barco Group. It was the result of the 1989 merger of Digitized Information Systems Corporation (D.I.S.C.), Aesthedes and Barco's own "Creative Group".
In 1997, Barco acquired EIS (Electronic Image Systems), a manufacturer of CRT projectors for the flight simulation market.
In 1998, Barco ETS, now Ucamco acquired Gerber Systems Corp., a manufacturer of plotters and automatic optical inspection (AOI) systems for printed circuit boards.
In 1999, it acquired Metheus Corporation, a Tektronix spin-off and manufacturer of professional graphics controllers .
In 2004, it acquired Voxar, a 3D medical imaging software company
In 2004, it acquired Folsom Research, Inc, whose product lines cover image processing, image communication and image functionality & interactivity.
In 2008, it acquired High End Systems, an automated luminaires, digital lighting and lighting controls company
In 2010, it acquired Fimi, a company specialized in medical imaging
In 2010, it acquired all intellectual property of Element Labs, a manufacturer of LED equipment
In 2010, it acquired dZine, a Belgium-based company specialized in Digital signage
In 2012, it acquired IP Video Systems, a company specialized in networked visualization
In 2012, it acquired JAOtech, a manufacturer of patient entertainment and point-of-care terminals for hospitals,
In 2013, it acquired AWIND, a manufacturer of hardware and software for wireless presentation systems
In 2013, it acquired projectiondesign®, a manufacturer of projection technology
In 2014, it acquired X20 Media Inc, an enterprise communication specialist
In 2014, it acquired IOSONO GmbH, a 3D audio expert
In 2015, it acquired Advan Int'l Corp, a manufacturer of LCD displays
In 2016, it acquired Medialon Inc, a US based company
In 2016, it acquired MTT Innovation Inc., a Canadian developer of next-generation projection technology (HDR)
In 2001, Barco Graphics was acquired by Danish Purup-Eskofot, and renamed Esko-Graphics, which was again renamed Esko in 2006.
In 2008, Barco sold its Advanced Visualisation (AVIS) group (the previously acquired Voxar) to Toshiba Medical (TMSC).
In 2014, Barco divested a wholly owned subsidiary of Barco NV, Barco Orthogon, based in Bremen, Germany, to Exelis.
In 2015, Barco's Defense & Aerospace division was sold to US-based Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE: ESL).
In 2018, Barco's X20 Media was sold to Stratcache. 
CEO 2016 - Jan de Witte
CEO 2008 - 2016 Eric Van Zele
CEO 2002 - 2008 Martin De Prycker CEO - 2002 Hugo Vandamme
Barco’s Corporate Sustainability Committee, consisting of 13 members, under the leadership of Filip Pintelon, devises an overall sustainability strategy. Under the label “Barco 2020”, Barco is currently developing a sustainability plan encompassing three pillars: their people, their community and the planet.
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