Veeco Instruments Inc was organized as a Delaware corporation in 1989. The Company through its subsidiaries creates Process Equipment solutions that enable technologies for a cleaner and more productive world. The Company designs, manufactures and markets equipment sold to make light emitting diodes and hard-disk drives, as well as for emerging applications such as concentrator photovoltaics, power semiconductors, wireless components, micro-electromechanical systems, and other next-generation devices. LED & Solar segment designs and manufactures metal organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy systems and components sold to manufacturers of LEDs, wireless devices, power semiconductors, and concentrator photovoltaics, as well as to R&D applications. Data Storage segment designs and manufactures the critical technologies used to create thin film magnetic heads that read and write data on hard disk drives. These technologies include ion beam etch, ion beam deposition, diamond-like carbon, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, and slicing, dicing and lapping systems. The Company sells its products and services through various strategically located sales and service facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its products to many of the many HB LED, solar and hard drive manufacturers as well as to customers in other industries, research centers, and universities. It currently outsources certain functions to third parties, including the manufacture of all or substantially all of its new MOCVD systems, Data Storage systems and ion sources. The Company competes with manufacturers such as Aixtron, Applied Materials, Canon Anelva Corporation, DCA Instruments, Leybold Optics, Oerlikon Balzers, Oxford Instruments, Toyo Nippon Sanso and Riber. The Company is subject to environmental, health and safety regulations in connection with its business operations, including but not limited to regulations related to the development, manufacture, and use of its products.