Opinion: Politicising semiconductor manufacturing is a global failure

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Intel’s plans for a megafab chip plant in Europe have highlighted the increasingly political risks to the global semiconductor industry in the coming years

There has been some surprise this week that Intel is not looking at the UK to build a megafab.

While this has been put down to Brexit, Intel’s move to boost semiconductor manufacturing only came with the new CEO Pat Gelsinger this year. Prior to his appointment in February, Intel had a fab-lite approach. European production was focussed on Leixlip in Ireland, taking advantage of the lower tax rates in the country.



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