JLT Mobile Computers has evolved from a single customer company on a national basis to a world-leading manufacturer of rugged computers for extreme environments.
Key milestones in the history of JLT Mobile Computers are:
JLT celebrates its 20-year anniversary, commemorating the event by delivering its 90,000th computer with a 20-year service agreement. JLT also opens the doors to its local US office in Arizona and takes over the US VMT operation of its sales partner DAP Technologies to form a wholly-owned US subsidiary. JLT now sells and services its products under the JLT-brand in North America. The strategically important US market represents almost half of the total JLT revenue. JLT launches the VERSO+ 10 computer, the smallest 10” rugged vehicle computer of its class with QuickLock function for greatest flexibility.
The strategic focus on high-end market segments yields results. JLT’s profits increase, the market cap more than doubles during the year and JLT resumes paying dividend to its shareholders. JLT launches the VERSO Series, the industry’s highest performance rugged computers for heavy-duty applications.
JLT launches strategy to become a leader in the high-end market segments with best ruggedness, reliability and performance. Launches JLT:Care, a "no questions asked" service agreement to guarantee uptime of the JLT computers at a predictable cost. JLT also launches JLT:Works professional services.
JLT backs up its commitment to quality by extending the warranty to 3 years on all products.
JLT establishes its new JLT Partner Program for rugged computer specialists with the objective to provide the best solutions and local support in the industry.
Per Holmberg joins JLT and succeeds founder Jan Olofsson as the CEO. Prior to his position at JLT, Per worked for 15 years at Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), a semiconductor company based in Silicon Valley, California, where he held several marketing positions including Director Worldwide Marketing. Jan remains the largest owner and has an active position on the JLT board.
JLT launches the JLT1214 product series for logistics applications, which has evolved to become the most cost effective solution of its class.
The JLT Mobile Computers US Corporation and DAP Technologies LTD merge to form Roper Mobile Technology, later called DAP Technologies. DAP Technologies is given the exclusive rights to resell the JLT products under its own brand on the US market.
JLT continues to expand its European sales network, and all products are redesigned in order to meet the RoHS and WEEE directives.
Turnover and operating results continue to grow and JLT is named on numerous industry lists, including the Deloitte Technology 500, Red Herring 100 and Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in America. The public interest in JLT shares increases heavily with raised stock value as a result. JLT expands its presence in Europe with a network of sales partners.
JLT pays first dividend to shareholders (SEK 3.8M).
JLT expands quickly on the North American market through relationships with global system integrators within the warehousing and logistics segments. Through OEM relationships with manufacturers such as Psion-Teklogix, PSC, LXE and MA-Systems, JLT becomes a leading vendor for the global forklift market. JLT also pioneered the tablet market with its rugged field tablet PC optimized for use in vehicles.
JLT becomes publicly traded on Nasdaq OMX, First North through a merger with Gandalf AB.
JLT grows rapidly and is appointed as IT challenger of the year by Veckans Affärer.
JLT enters the US market with a sales office in Arizona and establishes a strong position with an order from Leica Geosystems. A third generation of vehicle mounted touch-panel PCs is developed, which has evolved and remains the platform for today’s JLT products.
JLT pioneers the rugged mobile computer market by introducing the second generation of mobile computers with features like Pentium processors and cold resistance (-20°C). These features are today considered a standard in mobile computers. The vision of a networking organization was created allowing JLT to act globally and to serve large customers, but with the ability to move as fast as a small organization.
JLT is founded by Jan Olofsson. His background in military electronics offers JLT great insights for the future market of "Rugged Mobile Computing". JLT provides hardware control systems to the Swedish forest industry.