We are a leading provider of semiconductor manufacturing automation solutions and life science sample-based services and solutions worldwide. In the semiconductor manufacturing market, we have been a provider of precision robotics, integrated automation systems and services for more than 40 years. In the life sciences market, we apply our automation and cryogenics expertise to offer a full suite of sample-based services and products, including a full line of cold chain management solutions for handling and storing biological and chemical compound samples used in areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies. We are also a global provider of gene sequencing and gene synthesis services. We believe our leadership positions and our global support capability in each of these markets make us a valued business partner to the largest semiconductor capital equipment device makers, and pharmaceutical and life science research institutions in the world. In total, we employ approximately 3,000 full-time employees worldwide and have sales in more than 50 countries. We are headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and have operations in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Since our founding in 1978, we have been a leading partner to the global semiconductor manufacturing industry. We initially developed and marketed automated silicon wafer handling equipment for semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Since then, we have expanded our products and services through product development initiatives and acquisitions, and we are now recognized as a leading provider of vacuum robots, vacuum automation systems, wafer
carrier contamination control systems, and reticle storage solutions to the global semiconductor capital equipment industry. We sell our semiconductor products and services to both original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and directly to global chip manufacturers.