Apple is expected to expand its Israeli workforce by up to a third by adding between 150 and 250 employees at its research-and-development center in Herzliya, sources told TheMarker on Wednesday.
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Apple, which launched the center earlier this year, currently employs about 700 people in Israel, most of them chip engineers.
Just two years after its arrival in the country, Apple’s Israeli R&D center is its largest outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The company has also opened an R&D center in Haifa’s Matam high-tech park, where it took on 100 employees laid off by Texas Instruments in Ra’anana.
Apple’s initial foray into Israel came with its December 2012 acquisition of Anobit Technologies, a flash-memory firm that has offices in Herzliya and a workforce of 200.
Since that $390 million deal, Apple has expanded through other acquisitions and the hiring of engineers. Its last major Israeli acquisition was its $350 million purchase of 3D-sensing company PrimeSense in 2013.