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Intel about to decide locating fab in India, says report

Posted: 15 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:information technology? communications? ericsson? gsm radio? optical media?

Intel Corp. is about to make a decision on setting up a fabrication facility in India, said Dayanidhi Maran, the country's minister for information technology and communications. This is according to a news report by United News of India from Jaipur on Friday (March 11).

"Intel is also in the final stages (of deciding)," the report quoted Maran as saying.

Intel had twice previously dismissed news reports that it is evaluating India as a destination for manufacturing and that it has decided to do so in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

Intel employs more than a thousand engineers and is constantly hiring more numbers in Bangalore, where it has its research and development centers.

Maran has said that this year will see the momentum of hardware and telecoms equipment manufacturing picking up in the country. Ericsson has just set up a facility to make GSM radio base stations, while Korea's LG Group has announced plans to manufacture mobile handsets in the country.

Maran said speculation that the Korean group may decide against going ahead with the facility because of an increase in customs tariffs was not correct. However, there are some minor issues that the group is concerned about but the government is acting to redress those worries.

Nokia has short listed potential locations for its planned handset manufacturing in India and will soon announce its plans, the minister added. Meanwhile, Indian group Moser-Baer, a manufacturer of recordable optical media, has said it will take up manufacture of mobile handsets in India in six months.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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