Business & Finance, in association with SAS Ireland, recognises excellence in business through the ‘Company of the Month’ award. The Company of the Month award recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.
Intel Ireland was the recipient of the award in the month of December as we brought to a close a year in which we celebrated 25 years in Ireland and continued to show commitment to Ireland through strategic investments in research and product development.
2014 marked the 25th anniversary for Intel in Ireland after the initial decision was taken in 1989 to locate a technology campus in Leixlip with the production of motherboards and systems beginning 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 two 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.
“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,” Eamonn Sinnott general manager for Intel Ireland said.
“Intel’s investment in Ireland has had a significant impact on the country with an average of $880m being contributed each year to the economy, more than 7,000 full time jobs supported and almost $2m 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,” Sinnott added.
The majority of the Intel workforce in Ireland are based at the Leixlip campus in Co. 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 and 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.
In March this year, An Taoiseach, Tanaiste, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Intel president, Renée James, visited Leixlip to confirm the progress of Intel’s $5bn campus upgrade, the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State.
Paul Acton, client director, SAS and Eammon Sinnott, general manager Intel Ireland
Eamonn Sinnott biography – click here
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