Micron to Shut Giant Kiryat Gat Plant

The Kiryat Gat plant belonging to the U.S. maker of computer memory Micron Technology faces closure in the next few years, if it is not sold, putting some 1,300 people at of work.

The Kiryat Gat plant belonging to the U.S. maker of computer memory Micron Technology faces closure in the next few years, if it is not sold, putting some 1,300 people at of work.

The plant's fate was made known in a closed meeting with local management when Wayne Allan, the company's worldwide manager for wafer production, visited Israel last month. Prior commitments to Micron customers mean the plant will remain in operation for at least another year.

The plant produces NOR memory chips, which are used in computer games and in cellphones. The plant, which Micron acquired two years ago when it bought Numonyx BV, produces silicon wafers of 200 millimeters diameter while the latest technology uses 300 millimeters.

Over the last few weeks, people working at the local R&D units of Texas Instruments and Freescale have been told they are being laid off or given new assignments. On the other hand, Broadcom said yesterday that it planned to recruit scores of new hires.

Haaretz