Since being spun out of defence firm Qinetiq in 2000, ZBD has developed ultra low-power bistable LCD screens that can be used as a high-tech paper substitute. Customers include supermarket chains in 20 European countries, which use this ‘epaper’ for price labels as they can change prices and customer information remotely. Other uses are being found in sectors including manufacturing and healthcare. Ascot-based ZBD is backed by DFJ Esprit, TTP Ventures, Dow Chemical Company and Trillium International. Sales grew 213% a year from £396,000 in 2009 to £12.1m in 2012 under chief executive Shaun Gray.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank5
CompanyDisplaydata
ActivityElectronic shelf-labelling provider
LocationBerkshire
Average 3 year sales growth212.80%
Latest sales £000s*12,114
Staff61
Founded2000
Websitewww.displaydata.com

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