SYRACUSE, New York - October 6, 2008: INFICON (SIX) Swiss Exchange: IFCN)
, a global leader in advanced technologies for emergency response and security, and for the refrigeration/air conditioning, semiconductor, solar, vacuum coating, and other industries, has received a $1.65 million order to extend its "hot swap" program of the HAPSITE Chemical Identification System
for select military branches of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
INFICON's "hot swap" program ensures operational readiness for the DoD's fleet of HAPSITE systems and accessories used for security and emergency response worldwide. HAPSITE is deployed for fast, on-site detection and analysis of chemical warfare agents and toxic materials in the field. Within minutes, it delivers quality data necessary for making critical decisions affecting life, health, safety and the mission.
Peter Maier, president of INFICON Inc, commented, "This significant order illustrates the importance of HAPSITE for U.S. military preparedness. We are pleased to extend our relationship with the DoD and gratified by the confidence they have in our technology which can be applied for life-saving decisions."
HAPSITE Chemical Identification System, the only fully person-portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), was developed using INFICON expertise in gas-sensing and vacuum technology. It provides fast, on-scene detection and analysis of toxic chemicals in air, soil and water, confirming the presence of chemical threats in high-risk situations. The company has sold these products to military organizations worldwide, to state and city governments, and to private and public sector customers for emergency response, security, industrial hygiene and other environmental applications.
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 Europe and the United States, employing 230 people in its East Syracuse, N.Y. location, 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