The Intel factory towards Italy, Giorgetti relaunches Mirafiori and the former Thyssen also appears

It is a difficult game, but Piedmont tries to assert its cards, not only on the appropriate sites but above all on the technical skills and the supply chain that could support the production. The Intel affair seems to accelerate and even if it is unthinkable to close in a few days, confirmation arrives that there are movements. It was the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti, on a visit to the US, who confirmed that Intel could choose Italy for a new microchip assembly plant. “The negotiation is there, we have had a series of meetings, but confidentiality helps in these cases,” said the head of the Mise. Deputy Minister Gilberto Pichetto is cautious: «We will see if there is an acceleration when Giorgetti returns from his institutional visit. The Piedmont Region has sent other localization hypotheses and Intel will evaluate based on the availability transmitted ». «We have a semiconductor supplier chain that is unmatched in Italy and that is why we are applying to host Intel. Also on this dossier we have done an excellent team work », says the Councilor for Productive Activities, Andrea Tronzano. Meanwhile, the minister stressed that companies like Intel are not only looking for reliefs but also for an environment of innovation that makes a difference. An assist to Piedmont which in the dossier gathers the companies involved in the supply chain and underlines the importance of the Polytechnic and its I3P incubator, which was the best audience in the world. In particular, there are 17 companies, ranging from testing and analysis laboratories to vacuum engineering, including Tuv Italia, Spea, ISCM, Elettrorava, Memc Electronic Materials and Siad. Piedmont has included options for the choice of the area by removing the former Olivetti plant in Scarmagno, booked by Italvolt. Notwithstanding that Mirafiori seems to be the preferred choice of the Mise that proposed it, the Region has identified two areas to accommodate the production part and in which it is possible to build a factory from scratch: in Galliate, near Novara, which has the advantage of nearby water sources and a second area south of Vercelli, near Larizzate. Eight other areas have been identified for the back end only, ie chip packaging, and vary in size. Among these there is the former ThyssenKrupp of Corso Regina Margherita and the former Pininfarina of San Giorgio Canavese and Bairo. But in addition to Piedmont, Catania is in the running, where StMicroelectronics already operates. The factory could employ over 1,000 people. And the government is trying to convince Intel by offering concessions on the cost of energy and labor. The goal would be to close the agreement by the end of the year. According to the Reuters agency, the investment, with a share of the public contribution, would amount to at least 4 billion, which could double based on the size that will assume the presence of Intel in Europe. Component production will be concentrated in Germany, most likely in Dresden.

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