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Oxford Instruments specialises in the design, manufacture and support of hi-tech tools and systems for industry research. The company was the first commercial spin-out company from Oxford University, developing the world's first superconducting magnet in 1959. It is a world-wide business, supplying technology to markets markets including industry, energy, the environment, health and research. The firm launched on the UK Stock Exchange in 1983, has over 25 offices and factories in Europe, USA, China and Japan and 1,250 employees worldwide.