Laird Plc operates as a global technology company which focuses on providing components and solutions that protect electronic devices from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity through wireless applications and antennae systems. The company designs, develops and supplies the technology that allows people, organizations, industrial applications and electronic devices to connect efficiently, locally and globally. It operates through two divisions: Performance Materials and Wireless Systems. The Performance Materials division designs and manufactures electromagnetic interference shielding, thermal management and signal integrity products that provide vital protection for a range of electronic devices, allowing them to function and connect effectively, whether for voice or visual communication or for high quality data storage and transmission. The Wireless Systems division designs and supplies a range of customized, high specification wireless antennae, machine-to-machine wireless modules which can include micro processors and embedded software, and software enabled wireless control systems. It comprises of Wireless M2M & Telematics, infrastructure antennae, and industrial wireless remote control products. The company's business roots back to 1824 when it was established by John Laird as Birkenhead Ironworks. Laird was founded on January 4, 1898 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.