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The Intel plant in Costa Rica will begin in
September production of computer chips that
were being manufactured in three plants in
Asia closed down due to the world economic
The chips to be manufactured in Costa Rica
include processor chips for servers, CPU
units for personal computers and "chipsets",
a group of integrated circuits that are
designed to work together, forming part of a
computer's 'nervous' system.
Michael Forrest, general manager for Intel
Costa Rica, confirmed the transfer of
production that will be introduced gradually
into the current production.
Low demand forced the chip manufacturer to
shut down a number of assembly plants
located in Malasya, the Philippines and
In total, Intel has slashed its work force
by 6.000, as sales dropped 23% in a year and
profits 90% during the last quarter of 2008.
The company also saw a sharp drop in revenue
and profit for the first quarter of 2009,
but the company's CEO said the PC industry
is showing signs of recovery.
Intel is seen as a key indicator of the
health of the overall PC industry, and to a
lesser degree the mobile phone industry,
since its products are a key component for
most computer manufacturers.
At the beginning of the year Intel announced
that the Costa Rican 10 year old plant would
be spared from the cuts.
Intel employs 3.200 with higher that average
salaries at its plant in Belen and is
responsible for 20% of Costa Rica's exports.