Samsung to create 2,000 jobs in Texas with Austin chip factory

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South Korean firm says its new chip factory will take around two years to build and is the second largest investment in its history

Samsung will create 2,000 jobs in Texas with the opening of its second-largest chip factory in the state, the company announced on Wednesday.

The expansion of its Austin manufacturing complex will take two years to build and is the second largest investment in the company’s history.

The Austin facility will produce an additional 10m 28nm processors a year, although it is not yet known if they will be destined for the notebook or tablet market. The company will make an announcement later this year on specific applications.

Samsung is the leading contract manufacturer for both the semiconductor and display market.

“Samsung is committed to creating a place where our people can enjoy doing what they love — serving our customers and growing our company. This commitment is being reaffirmed with our new Austin campus,” said Kim Young-chul, executive vice-president and president of Samsung’s mobile business.

A robot makes a 30nm chip at the Austin plant in January. Photograph: Darren Abate/AP

Samsung said it would invest $17bn in the construction of the new 4.9m sq ft facility, which will also cover the new design, testing and assembly functions for the Austin and Austin Technology Park.

The production line will have about 900 robots.

The government and local business officials said the new factory would attract around 100 additional firms to the area.

Texas governor Greg Abbott said: “As the world’s leading semiconductor design and manufacturing facility, the state of Texas knows the importance of working together to grow and nurture the sector.”

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