Alphatec Spine's corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are located in Carlsbad, California. Our headquarters feature a Medical Education facility and a stand-alone Product Specialty group that includes design engineering and manufacturing personnel. The Product Specialty group is dedicated to providing rapid prototyping and innovative custom instrumentation for our surgeon customers.
Alphatec Spine manages its Asia Pacific business from Japan. The office establishes Alphatec Spine as one of the first U.S.-based spinal implant companies to have a full-fledged operation in the region and positions Alphatec Spine as one of the few "global" spine companies that offer products and services on all major continents. This office allows us to increase global dialogue within the industry as we work to advance issues related to the aging spine.
Hong Kong remains one of the key gateways to China and our Hong Kong office allows us to more effectively serve surgeons and patients in China as well as other adjacent markets. In addition, our presence in Hong Kong will increase Alphatec Spine's ability to enhance our presence and capture market share East Asia, and other international markets such as Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
Alphatec Spine expanded into the European market in 2008. We are in the process of developing new distribution relationships across the region and plan to serve all major European markets by the end of 2009.
We look forward to speaking with you as we continue to deliver solutions that enhance the standard of care for spinal patients around the globe.