Intel Ireland appoints three new factory managers to lead expansion

30 Sep 2021

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As it expands its Kildare site, Intel is appointing three factory managers: Neil Philip, Joe Bolger and Joe English.

Intel Ireland has announced the appointment of three new factory managers who will be instrumental in leading the chip company’s expanding Co Kildare manufacturing facility.

All three appointees, Neil Philip, Joe Bolger and Joe English, have previously worked as department managers at Intel’s Fab 24 manufacturing facility in Ireland.

In the new roles, the three men will share responsibility for existing operations as well as Intel’s future manufacturing capacity that is currently under development at the Leixlip campus.

The appointments follow last year’s announcement that the company had named Ann-Marie Holmes as co-general manager of Intel’s worldwide semiconductor manufacturing. Holmes assumed the role in addition to her responsibilities as a vice-president of its manufacturing, supply chain and operations group. She had previously been factory manager at the Fab 24 manufacturing site in Kildare.

Due to the multinational’s ambitious expansion plans, there will now be three factory managers at its Kildare facility.

Since first coming into operation in 2004, the Fab 24 has become a key production location for Intel.

As part of plans to grow its manufacturing operations, construction activity began on the Kildare site in 2019. In March of this year, Intel said that $7bn had been invested in the multi-year construction project so far. On completion, the project will create around 1,600 full-time roles at the site.

Intel hit the headlines recently when CEO Pat Gelsinger said Ireland was on the shortlist for billions of euros of investment by the company as it looks to expand its European manufacturing capacity further. It was also revealed that the company plans to set aside production space at its Irish base for automotive chipmaking.

Today, more than 4,900 people work for Intel in Ireland, with the company’s total investment standing at roughly $22bn.

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Blathnaid O’Dea is Careers reporter at Silicon Republic