Evolis Region Code Management

The zoning of the Evolis ribbons

In order to prepare future changes related to the Evolis logistic organization, Zenius and Primacy printers have a special code which specifies in which regions in the world the associated ribbons can be used.

Evolis divided the planet earth into 3 major zones (AMERICAS, APAC and EMEA) which correspond to its distribution system, and 2 sub-zones in the APAC region, which are China and India.

Region codes and countries






Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada, Central America, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Mexico, Palau, South America, United States, U.S. territories



Africa, Andorra, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Croatia, Europe, Georgia, French Overseas departments and territories, Holy See, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Mauritius, Middle East, Monaco, Montenegro, New Caledonia, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine



Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mainland Southeast Asia, Maldives, Maritime Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, North Korea, South Korea, much of Oceania


China, Hong Kong, Macau


India, Nepal



Informal term meaning "worldwide".

How to know the use of the right region code?

There are two ways to check the use of the right region code.

Before getting started with the printer

The printer region code is indicated on the ID printer label from the external box. The ribbon region code is indicated in the ribbon part number, on the last three digits. This part number is printed on the ribbon box label as well as on the drop-in cassette label.

The two codes have to be similar as indicated below:

Region code management, printer and ribbon code

- The ribbons with a NAA code can be used on all the printer region codes.
- The ribbons with SAA, S12/S13x/S14x and S22 codes can be used only with the SAA printer region code

At any time when using the printer

In the Evolis Premium Suite® Print Center, in the ‘Ribbon’ tab, the part number and the type of ribbon is indicated. ‘Ribbon not valid’ message means that the region code is not appropriate between the printer and the ribbon.

What happens if the printer and ribbon region codes are not appropriate?

Check the table with countries above and you will see that there are 3 major regions and 2 sub-zones. Region AMERICAS ribbons won't work in Region EMEA, Region EMEA ribbons won't work in Region APAC. In short, the region where the ribbon has been purchased can 'only' be used on printer from that particular region. Please contact an Evolis Reseller from your region to get appropriate ribbons or contact us at in order we communicate to you an Evolis Reseller locally.