Dan Hoffman Named Vice President, Process Knowledge and Control Business Unit

Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland - May 18, 2005 - INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, today announced the appointment of Daniel E. Hoffman as Vice President of INFICON and General Manager of the strategic business unit Process Knowledge and Control which provides advanced, in situ sensor technologies and process control software for the semiconductor and related markets. Mr. Hoffman succeeds Linda Van Roekel who recently retired from the position. He will be based at the INFICON global headquarters located in Syracuse, New York.

Lukas Winkler, President and CEO of INFICON, commented, "Dan Hoffman brings over 15 years of high technology management experience in the semiconductor and defense industries to INFICON. His technical expertise and proven leadership abilities will be a great contribution to our company, driving our strategic focus on high-growth segments of the semiconductor industry."

Dan Hoffman said, "The fabs of the future need INFICON to assist them with attaining optimum productivity, and we, as a company, are uniquely positioned to deliver the solutions that will propel our customers toward their goals. I am excited about joining a global team focused on successfully meeting this challenge."

Mr. Hoffman comes to INFICON from Lockheed Martin, Electronic Systems Division, where he concentrated on business and financial modeling, strategic planning, technology incubation, and business systems architecture. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations for Fab Solutions at Asyst Technologies and General Manager of Semifab, Inc., the Asyst Environmental Solutions business unit. He also served as Vice President of Operations, Universal Instruments, where he was responsible for the flagship surface mount equipment manufacturing facility and as Vice President, AlliedSignal, where he was instrumental in the introduction and management of several key semiconductor materials and component technologies. Dan Hoffman has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Eastern Washington University.

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications. These analyses, 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 to the air conditioning/refrigeration industries and toxic chemical analysis for the emergency response and security markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class 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.

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