Intel's European mega-fab could go to Galway, Ireland

September 13, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Intel's European mega-fab could go to Galway, Ireland
A former military firing range in Oranmore near Galway in the west of Ireland is the Industrial Development Agency's "preferred site" for an Intel chip foundry that would employ 10,000 people, according to reports.

This is more than twice the 4,900 people Intel employs at its established facility in Leixlip, Ireland on the outskirts of Dublin. Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO, visited Leixlip last week and met with Ireland's prime minister, Taoiseach Michael Martin.

The site is a 216-hectare rifle range, owned by the Irish Department of Defence. The project would involve the building of eight factory modules on the campus, the reports said.

Intel is also reportedly in talks with the government of the German state of Bavaria over the potential creation of a foundry wafer fab near Munich (see Intel in talks with Bavaria over wafer fab location ). However, both projects could in theory come to fruition as Intel has pledged to expand its manufacturing in Europe (see Intel to build two wafer fabs, be foundry for Europe ).

However, Intel's Gelsinger has also been making it clear, according to reports, that Intel needs a substantial subsidy from government to embark on the undertaking (see Intel seeks $10 billion subsidy for 'EuroFab' ).

Related links and articles:

www.intel.com

News articles:

Intel in talks with Bavaria over wafer fab location

Intel to build two wafer fabs, be foundry for Europe

Intel seeks $10 billion subsidy for 'EuroFab'


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