intel has said it is business as usual despite reports that construction staff at the plant were told their overtime was being cut and lay-offs would be in the pipeline.
Before the Leinster Leader went to press, the company had not responded to rumours that up to 500 staff redundancies might also be under consideration. Last Tuesday, August 30, the company insisted; “We have no Intel announcement or update happening today and it’s business as usual as regards the $500 million investment that we announced at the beginning of the year. It would be inappropriate of us to comment on anything beyond direct Intel operations.”
It is Intel’s policy not to comment on the activities of its contracting firms, which hire the constructions workers.
The following day, in response to queries from the Leinster Leader, the company said it would not comment any further on the speculation. However it did say; “What we can comment on is the plans for Fab 14 which we outlined last January which prepares it for future generation high volume advanced manufacturing. We are very pleased with the progress of this project to date (200 full time hires, 850 construction jobs) and we are committed to delivering this project as promised to the corporation.”
Intel has been refurbishing Fab 14 in preparation for a new production line. It is hoped the refurbished unit would be used to produce specialised 1270 chips but it not clear if these chips will be built in Leixlip or at plants in Israel or Arizona.