INFICON Introduces Next-Generation Refrigerant Leak Detector For HVAC/Refrigeration Manufacturing

-New design for quality testing dramatically reduces false alarms and cost of ownership -

INFICON Holding AG, (SWX Swiss Exchange and Nasdaq: IFCN), a leading developer, supplier, and manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation for the semiconductor and related markets and the worldwide leader in refrigerant leak detectors used on assembly lines in the automotive, refrigeration and air conditioning industries, introduces the HLD5000 Refrigerant Leak Detector for production, quality assurance, and servicing of refrigerant systems to ensure quality, yield and environmental safety. The HLD5000 uses an innovative design to find leaking refrigerant gases quickly and easily, essentially eliminating false readings. The new instrument reduces the cost of ownership by substantially extending sensor life, improving the lifetime of all mechanical and electronic parts, and minimizing the number of consumables and their cost.

James L. Brissenden, president and chief executive officer, said, "INFICON is the clear market leader in leak detectors, and we continue to reinforce this position with well-aimed new products. With the INFICON HLD5000, we have developed an entirely new sensor system to address the quality, yield, and environmental safety of our customers' manufacturing lines. It has unique functionality that will increase operator productivity and reduce cost of ownership by significantly extending sensor lifetime. This is the only refrigerant leak detector using a infrared absorption sensor system; it will not trigger a false alarm, detects leaks of less than 1 gram per year, and responds in less than a second."

The HLD5000 is designed to detect various refrigerants, including industry standards of R134A, R407C and R410A and can be converted to 7 different refrigerant gases. Numerous other features enhance the unit?s convenience, reliability and durability.

Some key customers of the company include Carrier, Whirlpool, York International, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and General Electric.

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of vacuum instrumentation used for analysis, monitoring, measurement and control by manufacturers to improve the productivity of their production processes and the quality of their products. INFICON sells its products to customers worldwide, with a particular focus on semiconductor and related markets such as manufacturers of semiconductor chips, flat screen televisions and monitors, computer disc drive components and various electronic storage media, such as compact discs, digital video discs and floppy discs.

With global headquarters in Syracuse, New York, INFICON is a publicly traded company in Switzerland on the SWX Swiss Exchange and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol IFCN. The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe with worldwide offices and service centers 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 web site at

This press release contains forward-looking statements that address, among other things, our strategic objectives, trends in the industries in which we operate 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 our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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