Intel plans to cut up to nearly 6,000 jobs and close four facilities in a move that will see the chip giant restructuring its manufacturing operations. Announced on Wednesday, two assembly and test facilities – one in Penang, Malaysia and another in Cavite, Philippines, will slowly be brought to an end. Intel also plans to halt production at two wafer-production plants – Fab 20, which is an older 200mm wafer fabrication plant located in Hillsboro, Oregon, and D2, a facility in Santa Clara, California.
These changes will affect between 5,000 and 6,000 employees of Intel worldwide according to Intel. However, not all of these employees will be out of work as Intel plans to offer some employees a chance to relocate and take up work at other facilities not included into the restructuring plans.
Intel will gradually be closing the four facilities between now and the end of 2009. According to Intel the closures are designed to “align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions.”
For the first time Intel has seen its profits plunge nearly 90 percent from a nearly a year previous – falling short of Wall Street estimates. CEO Paul Otellini told employees last week that the company could very well see its first quarterly loss in 22 years.