Intel is aggressively investing in the installation of new factories for chip production. In an interview with Time, Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO, announced the construction of a massive foundry unit that promises to be the world’s largest semiconductor plant.
According to the executive, the company invested a total of $20 billion to build the plant in the state of Ohio, United States. The application is a response to its decline in the global semiconductor market, whose most respectable post was lost to Samsung in August 2021.
The useful area acquired by the company is 1,000 acres, that is, more than 4 km², and will house two semiconductor research, development and manufacturing facilities. In the future, the executive plans to expand to 8 km² housing 8 facilities. The leading processor market expects to generate at least 3,000 jobs.
In addition to the initial billion-dollar investment, the Californian giant plans to invest $10 million annually for the development of the Intel Ohio Semiconductor Center for Innovation, as it is called. Part of this amount will go to the training of professionals in the field in partnership with Ohio University.
Our expectation is that this will become the largest silicon manufacturing site on the planetPat Gelsinger (CEO of Intel)
The development is aimed at help United States regain its share of the global semiconductor market, which is currently estimated at only 12% with the rise of Chinese factories. In 1990, the Western economic powerhouse had 37% of the share of market.
Intel’s Ohio investment is expected to attract partners and suppliers. Air Products (APD.N), Applied Materials (AMAT.O), LAM Research (LRCX.O) and Ultra Clean Technology have shown interest in establishing a presence in the region, Intel said.