Oxford Instruments Plc is a holding company, which engages in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of high technology tools and systems. It operates through the following segments: Nanotechnology Tools, Industrial Products and Service. The Nanotechnology Tools segment includes high technology tools to characterize, analyze, manipulate, and fabricate at a nano scale. The Industrial Products segment develops and manufactures tools and components for industrial applications. The Service segment deals with knowledgeable support services, training and refurbishment. The company was founded by Martin Francis Wood and Audrey Wood in 1959 and is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom.