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Intel Celebrates 25 Years in Ireland

Wednesday, November 26th, Leixlip – Today marked a special day for Intel as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of operations here in Ireland. To mark the occasion, a number of external guests joined with Intel Ireland employees today at the Leixlip campus to commemorate this significant day and reflect upon the milestones and memories of the past 25 years.  

Intel located its technology campus in Ireland in 1989 and the production of motherboards and systems began the following year. Since then, $12.5 billion has been invested in the 360 acre former stud farm, turning it into the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe.

Over the past 2 decades Intel in Ireland has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing to cutting edge research and design. Today, Intel has 5,200 employees across the island of Ireland.

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The Intel choir, made up of a number of Intel Ireland employees, opens the special cceremony held at Intel’s Leixlip campus

The celebratory event was attended by a number of special guests including the Mayor of Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin, United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Minister for Business and Employment Gerald Nash, Vice President of the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group, Ann Kelleher and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott.

Opening the event Eamonn Sinnott shared how proud he and everyone at Intel is of the successes of the past 25 years and how Ireland has been a welcoming home which has cradled the Intel investment since the very beginning, supporting us in being able to successfully grow and prosper and ultimately in becoming one of the only facilities of this kind in Europe and indeed the world – “It has been an incredible journey since Intel first decided to locate here in 1989 and since then we have gone on to become the largest private investment in the history of the state, something of which we are very proud. Intel’s investment in Ireland has had a significant impact on the country with an average of $880 million being contributed each year to the economy, more than 7,000 full time jobs supported and almost $2 million each year being contributed to both community and education initiatives across the country. It really is exciting to think what the next 25 years may hold”.

The majority of the Intel workforce in Ireland are based at the Leixlip campus in County Kildare which is the location for Intel’s hi-volume, advanced manufacturing facility which is currently preparing to produce Intel’s latest 14nm process technology.

There are 250 employees at the Intel Shannon campus who work to deliver Intel’s strategies in the Communications & Storage Infrastructure, Automotive and Retail spaces as well as a further 100 people who are employed at Intel Belfast which, following the acquisition by Intel in 2013 of leading Northern Ireland company Aepona, has become a Centre of Excellence for the Network Products and Services group.

Other Intel operations in Ireland include McAfee, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and which has had significant operations in Cork since 2004 where today it employs 347 people. Dublin headquartered games technologies company Havok is also an Intel company with 120 employees who are focused on servicing the most demanding technical requirements for leading customers in the commercial games and entertainment industry.

We are also engaged in a number of research and development initiatives that are carried out across the country in the area of Silicon Nanoelectronics Research in collaboration with research institutes such as the CRANN Nanoscience Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin and the Tyndall National Research Institute in Cork. The Leixlip campus is also home to the Innovation Open Lab – Ireland which incorporates a research team that facilitates and engages in open research and innovation opportunities in Europe that can ultimately lead to value-driven technology solutions.

In recent times Intel in Ireland has also for the first time been involved in the design aspect of Intel products and in September 2013 Intel announced a new family of products called Quark, designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearable computing space. In October the first Quark solution was launched, called Galileo, targeted at education and maker communities. In November Quark based solutions were announced for IoT in Industrial, Energy and Transportation. Each of these technologies were designed in Ireland by a team of 70 people based at the Leixlip campus.

This week’s event marks the culmination of celebrations throughout 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of Intel in Ireland and the celebration comes on the back of a special achievement for Intel in Ireland just last week as we were named as the Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year at the ISA Software Industry Awards.

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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott , Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’ Loughlin, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Minister for Business & Employment Gerald Nash and Ann Kelleher Vice President of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel are pictured at a celebration in Leixlip today to mark 25 years of Intel in Ireland

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Nicole Sobchenco aged 9 from Scoil San Carlo in Leixlip is pictured at the 25th anniversary event
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Ann Kelleher, Mayor Fiona O’ Loughlin, Minister Gerald Nash, Ambassador O’Malley and Eamonn Sinnott are pictured with attendees at the celebratory event

Further images can be found here: Intel Celebrates 25 Years in Ireland – an album on Flickr

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