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12/13/2007

INFICON Acquires Sigma Instruments Inc.



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INFICON, a leading manufacturer of instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, today announced it has acquired Sigma Instruments Inc., a leading manufacturer of instrumentation for the measurement and control of thin film processes.

"Sigma products complement our INFICON portfolio of instruments, providing a more complete product range, and help us address the growing demand in thin film coating manufacturing for high quality products, such as mobile phones, computers, digital cameras and other consumer electronics," said Lukas Winkler, president and chief executive officer. "This acquisition - the next step in a series of initiatives beginning with our 2006 acquisition of our raw quartz crystal supplier to provide an essential component in the manufacture of thin film monitoring and control instruments - expands our position in the thin film controller market. It also increases opportunities for INFICON in the emerging solar manufacturing arena."

Founded in 1995, Sigma Instruments Inc. is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA) and has 11 employees. Its product line includes a broad range of quartz crystal microbalance monitors, controllers and accessories sold worldwide through a network of sales representatives to OEMs and distributors with a strong private label business.

Source: INFICON Holding AG



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