Expanding Ceramic Production for High Performance Vacuum Gauges
MARIEHAM, Aaland - 23. September 2008: INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange: IFCN), a global leader in the manufacture of instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor, vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, today announced the official opening of its newest manufacturing plant in the Åland Islands of Finland to support the accelerating current growth of its vacuum control business and its expansion into emerging markets worldwide.
The new, larger facility is especially designed for the contamination-free fabrication of the proprietary ultra-pure ceramic sensors of SKY® capacitance diaphragm gauges (CDGs) and other total pressure control products. Innovating beyond conventional technology, INFICON developed these revolutionary products to address the considerable challenges of manufacturing high-tech products such as computer chips, flat panel displays, optical and magnetic data storage media, and consumer optics.
President and Chief Executive Office Lukas Winkler commented, "Based on years of production experience, we expect to introduce two new products this year to our manufacturing lines in Åland. This factory is a vital contributor to our CDG product line which delivers clear operational benefits to semiconductor manufacturers."
INFICON has been operating in Finland since 1997.
INFICON is a leading, provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration manufacturing and vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media, and precision optics. We also leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental monitoring. INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and subsidiaries in China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. INFICON registered shares (IFCN) are listed on the SWX Swiss Stock Exchange. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit www.inficon.com.