Oxford Instruments Plc is a holding company, which engages in the research, development, manufacture, rental, sale, and service of high technology tools and systems. It operates through the following segments: Nanotechnology Tools, Industrial Products and Service. The Nanotechnology Tools segment is comprised of group of businesses, supplying similar products, and high technology products serving research customers in both public and private sectors. The Industrial Products segment is consist of group of businesses supplying high technology products and components manufactured in medium volume for industrial customers. The Service segment contains services of the group, rental, and refurbished asset sales business as well as service revenues from other parts of the group. The company was founded by Martin Francis Wood and Audrey Wood in 1959 and is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom.