| Mettler-Toledo International is a supplier of precision instruments and services. Co. manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications. Co. also manufactures several related analytical instruments and provides automated chemistry solutions used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, Co. manufactures metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging and provides solutions for use in certain process analytics applications. Co. has five segments: United States Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other. |
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