We employ our broad portfolio of patented and proprietary product and manufacturing technologies, as well as our extensive industry experience, to provide our customers with tailored solutions designed to optimize the performance of their equipment and reduce the costs of their operations. Our products are integral to our customers' product quality and manufacturing efficiency and are specifically designed to add value to the overall process. These custom product solutions are the result of a substantial investment in research and development and highly sophisticated manufacturing processes.
We have an extensive global footprint of 28 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries, strategically located in the major paper-producing regions of North America, Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific, and have approximately 3,200 employees worldwide. We market our products, primarily using our direct sales force, to the paper industry's leading producers.