Sirona Dental Systems Inc was founded in 1997 and completed an initial public offering of its common stock on July 1, 1997. The Company is a manufacturer of high-quality, technologically-advanced dental equipment, and is engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative solutions for dentists around the world. The Company provides a range of technologically advanced products in each of its four product segments: Dental CAD/CAM Systems; Imaging Systems; Treatment Centers; and Instruments. The Company markets its products globally to dental practices, clinics and laboratories through an international network of distributors. The global dental market encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and ailments of the teeth, gums and supporting bone. Recent technological advancements in the dental equipment industry include 3D radiography, digital radiography, CAD/CAM technology, intra oral cameras and periodontal instruments. The market it serves comprises the whole working environment of a dentist or dental technician, including the dentist's chair, lights, imaging systems and dental CAD/CAM systems, instruments, as well as practice furniture and other dental or lab-based systems. Dental CAD/CAM Systems address the worldwide market for dental restorations, which includes several types of restorations, such as inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, copings and bridge frameworks made from ceramic, metal or composite blocks. The Company has developed a range of imaging systems for 2D and 3D, panoramic and intra-oral applications that allow the dentist to accommodate the patient in a more efficient manner. Treatment Centers comprise a range of products from basic dentist chairs to sophisticated chair-based units with integrated diagnostic, hygiene and ergonomic functionalities, as well as specialist centers used in preventative treatment and for training purposes. In July 2008, the Company launched its new TENEO Treatment Center, which combines technology with a timeless design that provides both patient and dentist with the ultimate in convenience and comfort. The Company offers a range of instruments, including handheld and power-operated handpieces for cavity preparation, endodontics, periodontology and prophylaxis. The instruments are supplemented by multi-function tips, supply and suction hoses, as well as care and hygiene systems for instrument preparation. Its product information is actively made available to business publications, dentists, journals, professional organizations and dental schools, and its website. Sirona distributes its products globally to dental practices, clinics and laboratories through an international network of more than 480 distributors. The Companys registered trademarks include, Sirona, CEREC, Orthophos, Heliodent, inLab, CDR, and Schick. It competes with different companies which include large international companies as well as smaller companies that compete regionally or on a narrower product line. The Company is subject to government regulations applicable to all businesses, including, among others, regulations related to occupational health and safety, workers benefits and environmental protection.