On Sunday, Israel’s Ministry of Finance announced that the country had reached a new agreement with processor giant Intel that will see $25 billion of investment go towards an updated chip-making facility in Kiryat Gat.
The investment adds another $15 billion on top of the $10 billion earmarked for the proposed factory back in 2019, after the global COVID pandemic delayed construction. The new facility will be significantly more advanced than in the original plans, forming part of a larger production site known as Megafab.
Intel hasn’t yet commented directly on the investment details, but a press release was quick to praise Israeli expertise: “Israel is a global center of technical talent and innovation and one of Intel’s significant global manufacturing and R&D centers. Since its establishment in 1974, Intel Israel has played a crucial role in Intel’s global success. Our intention to expand manufacturing capacity in Israel is driven by our commitment to meeting future manufacturing needs and supporting Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy, and we appreciate the continued support of the Israeli government”.
Formal approval of the new agreement is expected to happen in a few weeks as Intel ramps up its international efforts to expand worldwide production capacity. According to a press release from the Israeli finance ministry, thousands of additional technicians will be required in Kiryat Gat, with Intel offering higher wages than the industry average. Additionally, the processor company has agreed to increase its tax obligations from 5% to 7.5%. Intel aims to close the investment deal and commence plant operations by 2027, operating the complex until at least 2035.
As manufacturers like Apple opt to develop their own processor architectures, Intel increasingly needs to adapt to a changing global market worth trillions of dollars. The company’s recent investment in Israel comes shortly after announcing a $4.6 billion deal to build a chip assembly and testing facility in Warsaw, Poland, and joins existing manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Germany.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.