Intel continues European roll-out with $4.6bn factory in Poland

Intel’s rendering of the planned Wrocław assembly and testing plant
US chipmaker Intel announced on Friday that it plans to invest up to $4.6bn in a semiconductor factory near the city of Wrocław on the Oder river in western Poland.

The assembly and testing facility will employ 2,000 workers when it opens for business in 2027, the company said in a statement.

The Polish plant will join an even larger facility to be built in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, if a large enough subsidy is provided by the German government.

Other facilities have been announced in Ireland and France as Intel looks to make the most of the European Commission’s relaxation of competition rules forbidding state aid.

A number of countries were competing for the latest project, however Poland was “just a little bit hungrier”, according to Intel chief executive Pat Gelsinger.

He added: “Poland is already home to Intel operations and is well positioned to work with Intel sites in Germany and Ireland. It is also very cost-competitive with other manufacturing locations globally and offers a great talent base that we are excited to help to grow.”

The level of subsidy offered by Poland was not made public in Friday’s announcement, however Gelsinger said Intel was “grateful for the support from Poland as we work to grow the local semiconductor ecosystem and contribute to the EU’s goal of creating a more resilient and sustainable semiconductor supply chain”.

Mateusz Morawiecki, prime minister of Poland, said the factory would be “the largest greenfield investment in the history of Poland”.

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