Instron Corporation, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, manufactures, markets and services materials and structural testing instruments, systems, software and accessories used to evaluate the mechanical properties and performance of materials, components and structures.  The materials tested include metals, plastics, composites, textiles, ceramics and rubber.  Components and structures tested range from simple mechanisms to full vehicles and span from the biomedical industry to ground transportation.  The company’s instrument systems are used in durability, quality and R&D applications.  Instron has manufacturing and product development operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Germany and the United Kingdom and maintains significant worldwide sales and distribution operations in 17 countries.