We are a global manufacturer of scientific instruments that address the rapidly evolving needs of a diverse array of customers in life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and molecular diagnostics research, as well as in materials and chemical analysis in various industries and government applications. Our core technology platforms include X-ray technologies, magnetic resonance technologies, mass spectrometry technologies, optical emission spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy technologies. We also manufacture and distribute a broad range of field analytical systems for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives, or CBRNE, detection. We also develop and manufacture low temperature and high temperature superconducting wire and superconducting devices for use in advanced magnet technology, physics research, and energy applications. We maintain major technical and manufacturing centers in Europe, North America, and Japan, and we have sales offices located throughout the world. Our corporate headquarters are located in Billerica, Massachusetts.
Our business strategy is to capitalize on our ability to innovate, generating rapid revenue growth, both organically and through acquisitions. If we can execute on this strategy while improving our gross margins and effectively leveraging our research and development, sales and marketing and distribution investments, and general and administrative expenses, we believe we will enhance our operating margins and improve our earnings in the future.
On February 26, 2008, we completed our acquisition of Bruker BioSpin. Both Bruker Corporation and Bruker BioSpin were majority owned by six affiliated stockholders prior to the acquisition. As a result, the acquisition of Bruker BioSpin is considered a combination of companies under common control and has been accounted for at historical carrying values. Historical consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, statements of cash flows, and notes to the consolidated financial statements have been restated by combining the historical audited consolidated financial statements of Bruker Corporation with those of Bruker BioSpin.
We are organized into five operating segments: Bruker AXS, Bruker BioSpin, Bruker Daltonics, Bruker Optics, and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies, or BEST. Bruker AXS is in the business of designing, manufacturing, and distributing advanced X-ray, spark optical emission spectroscopy, or spark-OES, and atomic force microscopy, or AFM, instrumentation used in molecular, materials, and elemental analysis. Bruker BioSpin is in the business of manufacturing and distributing life science tools based on magnetic resonance technology. Bruker Daltonics is in the business of designing, manufacturing, and distributing life-science mass spectrometry instruments and solutions for proteomics, metabolomics, and clinical research applications. Bruker Daltonics also designs, manufactures, and distributes various analytical instruments for CBRNE detection. Bruker Optics is in the business of designing, manufacturing, and distributing research, analytical, and process analysis instruments and solutions based on infrared and Raman molecular spectroscopy technologies. Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies is in the business of developing and producing low temperature superconducting wire used primarily in magnetic resonance technologies, high-energy physics and nuclear fusion research magnet applications, and high temperature superconductors for use in energy and other applications, as well as superconducting devices for these same markets.
In 2009, we acquired a business engaged in developing and manufacturing superconducting devices and other advanced technologies for alternative energy research. Following this acquisition management reevaluated its reportable segments and determined, based on the changes in the organizational structure, our business consists of two reportable segments. For financial reporting purposes, we combine the Bruker AXS, Bruker BioSpin, Bruker Daltonics, and Bruker Optics operating segments into the Scientific Instruments reporting segment because each has similar economic characteristics, product processes and services, types and classes of customers, methods of distribution, and regulatory environments. As such, management reports its financial results based on the following segments:
Scientific Instruments. The operations of this segment include the design, manufacture, and distribution of advanced instrumentation and automated solutions based on X-ray technology, spark-OES technology, atomic force microscopy, magnetic resonance technology, mass spectrometry technology and infrared and Raman molecular spectroscopy technology. Typical customers of the Scientific Instruments segment include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostic companies; academic institutions; medical schools; other nonprofit organizations; clinical microbiology laboratories; government departments and agencies; nanotechnology, semiconductor, chemical, cement, metals, and petroleum companies; and food, beverage and agricultural analysis companies and laboratories.
Energy & Supercon Technologies. The operations of this segment include development and production of low temperature superconducting and high temperature superconducting wires for use in advanced magnet technology and energy applications as well as electron and ion linear accelerators, superconducting and normal conducting accelerator cavities, other accelerator components, insertion devices, prototype superconducting fault current limiters, prototype crystal growth magnets, and highly specialized manufacturing services for physics and energy research, and a variety of other scientific applications. Typical customers of the Energy & Supercon Technologies segment include companies in the medical, power and energy, and processing industries; private and public research and development laboratories in the fields of fundamental and applied sciences and energy research; and academic institutions and government agencies.