Ametek Inc was originally incorporated in Delaware in 1930 under the name American Machine and Metals, Inc. The Company is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company markets its products through two operating groups, the Electronic Instruments Group (EIG) and the Electromechanical Group (EMG). EIG provides monitoring, testing, calibration and display devices for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets. EIG produces instrumentation for various electronic applications used in transportation industries, including aircraft cockpit instruments and displays, airborne electronics systems that monitor and record flight and engine data, and pressure, temperature, flow and liquid-level sensors for commercial airlines and aircraft and jet engine manufacturers. EIG also produces analytical instrumentation for the medical, laboratory and research markets, as well as instruments for food service equipment, measurement and monitoring instrumentation for various process industries and instruments and complete instrument panels for heavy trucks, and heavy construction and agricultural vehicles. EIG also manufactures ultra-precise measurement instrumentation, as well as thermoplastic compounds for automotive, appliance and telecommunications applications. The Company's marketing efforts generally are organized and carried out at the division level. EIG makes use of distributors and sales representatives in marketing its products, as well as direct sales in its more technically sophisticated products. In the markets served by EIG, the Company believes that it ranks among the producers of certain analytical measuring and control instruments. EMG produces highly engineered electrical connectors for electronic applications; precision motion control solutions; specialty metals and alloys; and electric motors, blowers and heat exchangers. End markets include aerospace and defense, medical devices, factory automation, mass transit, petrochemical and other industrial markets. EMG is among the leaders in many of the specialized markets, it serves, including highly engineered electrical connectors and electronics packaging used to protect sensitive electronic devices in aerospace, defense, medical and industrial applications, and advanced technical motor and motion control products used in electronic data storage, medical devices, office and business equipment, factory automation and robotics and other applications. EMG also provides high-purity powdered metals, strip and foil, specialty clad metals and metal matrix composites. EMG blowers and heat exchangers provide electronic cooling and environmental control for the aerospace and defense industries. MG conducts much of its domestic and international marketing activities through a direct sales force and makes some use of sales representatives and distributors both in the United States and in other countries. EMG's differentiated businesses have competition from a limited number of companies in each of their markets. The Company owns numerous unexpired U.S. patents and foreign patents, including counterparts of its more important U.S. patents, in the major industrial countries of the world. The Company is subject to federal and state laws and regulations.