Pall Corporation is a New York corporation incorporated on July 31, 1946. The Company supplies filtration, separation and purification technologies. Its products are used to remove solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. Its serves its customers through two businesses: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Life Sciences business group is engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the BioPharmaceutical, Food & Beverage and Medical markets. The Industrial business group is engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets. The Life Sciences technologies facilitate the process of drug discovery, development, regulatory validation and production, and are used in research laboratories, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It also supplies products and technologies for food and beverage industries and in hospitals at the point of patient care. The Industrial segment provides enabling and process-enhancing technologies throughout the industrial marketplace. These include the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets. It has the capability to provide customers with integrated solutions using its proprietary consumable filtration products for their process fluids. The Company's competition varies by product and application. Its competitors in the BioPharmaceuticals market include Merck Millipore (a division of Merck KGaA), The Sartorius Group and GE Healthcare (a unit of General Electric Company ("GE")). Its competitors in the Food & Beverage market include 3M Purification, Pentair, Inc., Filtrox Group, The Sartorius Group, Eaton Corporation and Parker Domnick Hunter (a division of Parker Hannifin). Its competitors in the Medical market include Merck Millipore, GE Healthcare, Teleflex Incorporated, Covidien plc and Intersurgical, Ltd. Its competitors in the Process Technologies market include CLARCOR Inc., Donaldson Company, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation, HYDAC International GmbH, GE Infrastructure (a unit of GE), Pentair, Inc., 3M Purification, U.S. Filter (a unit of Siemens AG) and ESCO Technologies Inc. Its competitors in the Aerospace market include Donaldson Company, Inc. and ESCO Technologies Inc. Its competitors in the Microelectronics market include Entegris, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation and Mott Corporation. The Company is subject to competition in all of the global markets in which it operates.