Intel rolls out massive factory in Vietnam

Intel has opened a $1 billion chip testing and assembly facility in Vietnam, which it says is the biggest facility for the company yet.

According to the company,  the factory has a total area of 46,000 square meters, which is around the size of five and a half football fields. Situated in the Saigon Hi-tech Park, Ho Chi Minh City, the factory will be used for testing chips for defects before packaging.

“Assembly and test is a critical final step in the end-to-end manufacturing of Intel’s silicon products,” the company said.

According to Intel this is its biggest project in Vietnam since it opened its first office in Ho Chi Minh City in 1997. Intel estimates several thousand jobs will be created by the new facility in Vietnam and that it was attracted to the country by its skilled, vibrant workforce, as well as the support Intel has received over the past four years from the Vietnam government, the Saigon Hi-tech Park and suppliers.

Paul Otellini told Bloomberg: that the investment has put Vietnam on the map and attracted other firms such as Compal and Foxconn.

Intel has been a busy bee this week also opening another factory at a cost of $2.5 billion in China. The semiconductor manufacturing plant in Dalian was built with the aim of increasing the chip producer’s capabilities in the global PC market.