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INFICON Announces Follow-On Order From Major U.S. Chip Manufacturer

Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland — June 24, 2002 — INFICON Holding AG (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and critical sensor technologies for the semiconductor and related industries, has received a follow-on order from a major Texas-based integrated circuit maker for its FabGuard Integration and Analysis System to be used in a 300mm fab. The order, which includes the FabGuard system as well as a variety of in situ sensors and a new compact process monitor, marks the second contract for this product from this long-term INFICON customer.

FabGuard is a fully automated, real-time fault detection and analysis system that helps semiconductor manufacturers to maximize productivity and equipment utilization by providing process control and reducing losses from process drift, contamination, tool malfunction, and unnecessary test wafers.

“We believe this repeat investment demonstrates the customer’s satisfaction with INFICON solutions, process expertise and superior technical support,” said James Brissenden, president and chief executive officer. “INFICON FabGuard and our sensor-based diagnostics are part of the critical path to Advanced Process Control for 300mm fabs dealing with escalating process complexity and costs. We see this order as further confirmation that INFICON is well positioned to be a key player in Advanced Process Control projects in 300mm fabs worldwide.”

ABOUT INFICON

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation and critical sensor technologies for the semiconductor and related industries. These analysis, measurement and control products are 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. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection and toxic chemical analysis to the air conditioning/refrigeration, emergency response and industrial hygiene markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company’s website at www.inficon.com.

This press release and oral statements or other written statements made, or to be made, by us contain forward-looking statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts. Forward looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "believe", "will", "expect", "project", "assume", "estimate", "anticipate", "plan" or "continue". These forward-looking statements address, among other things, our strategic objectives, trends in vacuum technology and in the industries that employ vacuum instrumentation, such as the semiconductor and related industries and the anticipated effects of these trends on our business. These forward-looking statements are based on the current plans and expectations of our management and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect our current plans and expectations, as well as future results of operations and financial condition. Some of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for fiscal 2001 and the Company's reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission during 2002.

As a consequence, our current and anticipated plans and our future prospects, results of operations and financial condition may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of our company. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.