Demonstrates ongoing demand for INFICON environmental health and safety products
Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland - September 3, 2003 - INFICON Holding AG (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications, has received a follow-on order worth $2.6 million for its HAPSITE Chemical Identification System,
related equipment and consumables from the United States? Department of Defense for use by the Air Force. INFICON expects to begin shipment of the instruments in the third quarter.
The Air Force plans to use HAPSITE to conduct health risk assignments at military installations worldwide. HAPSITE Chemical Identification System, the only fully portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), was developed using INFICON expertise in gas-sensing and vacuum technology. It is used for fast, on-scene detection and analysis of chemical agents and toxic materials in air, soil and water.
HAPSITE is part of the INFICON environmental health and safety line of products. The company has sold these products to U.S. and other military organizations, 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 developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications. 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 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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