Lydall Inc has been incorporated in Delaware since 1987 after originally being incorporated in Connecticut in 1969. The Companys subsidiaries designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers, medical filtration media and devices and biopharmaceutical processing components for thermal/acoustical, filtration/separation and bio/medical applications. It serves a number of markets. The Companys products are mainly sold directly to customers through an internal sales force and external sales representatives and distributed via common carrier. The majority of products are sold to original equipment manufacturers and tier-one suppliers. The Companys reportable segments are Performance Materials and Thermal/Acoustical. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration media solutions for air, fluid power, and industrial applications (Industrial Filtration), air and liquid life science applications (Life Sciences Filtration), and industrial thermal insulation solutions for building products, appliances, and energy and industrial markets (Industrial Thermal Insulation). Industrial Filtration products include LydAir(r) MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir(r) MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media, LydAir(r) SC (Synthetic Composite) Air Filtration Media, and Arioso(tm) Membrane Composite Media. These products constitute the critical media component of clean-air systems for applications in clean-space, commercial, industrial and residential HVAC, power generation, and industrial processes. Life Sciences Filtration products include the LyPore(r) and ActiPure(r) Filtration Media developed to meet the requirements of life science applications including biopharmaceutical pre-filtration and clarification, diagnostic and analytical testing, respiratory protection, life protection, medical air filtration, drinking water filtration and high purity process filtration such as that found in food and beverage and medical applications. The Thermal/Acoustical segment offers engineered products to assist in noise and heat abatement within the transportation sector. Its products are found in the interior (dash insulators), underbody (wheel well, fuel tank, exhaust) and under hood (engine compartment) of cars, trucks, SUVs, heavy duty trucks and recreational vehicles. The Company's patented products include ZeroClearance(r), AMS(r), Flexshield(r) and dBCore(r) comprised of organic and inorganic fiber composites (fiber parts) as well as metal combinations (metal parts). The Company competes through high-quality, specialty engineered products and exceptional customer service. The Company has a number of domestic and foreign competitors for its products. The Company is subject to governmental audits, proceedings and various litigation relating to matter incidental to its business, including product liability and environmental claims.