Atmel opens smart card extension - Embedded.com

Atmel opens smart card extension

LONDON — Scottish Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise, Jim Wallace, has opened the second phase expansion of Atmel's smart card integrated circuit design and test center in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Wallace said, “When I visited Atmel's San Jose HQ in October 2004, I was delighted to be able to welcome its planned expansion at East Kilbride.  I am therefore extremely pleased to now have the opportunity to officially open this new expansion which will see the creation of 80 new jobs and which is supported with the offer of £1.2m Regional Selective Assistance. Atmel has more than doubled its workforce since setting up in Scotland in 1999 and this latest expansion is further evidence of Scotland's ability to provide the quality of workforce which such an important high-tech inward investor requires.”

Andy Bear, operations director at the Atmel East Kilbride site said, “We are very grateful for the support and encouragement given by both Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Executive, which helped to secure the ongoing investment by Atmel in Scotland.”

The Atmel East Kilbride site now employs 170 people, which means that over 100 additional jobs have been created since the company took over the business five years ago.

The Atmel smart card business has achieved revenue growth of over 700% in five years and has moved from the 5th to the 2nd largest worldwide supplier of the chips that are used in mobile phone SIM cards, chip and PIN bankcards, electronic passports and many other electronic security applications.

The new facilities in East Kilbride expand the integrated circuit design center and increase capacity in the test and wafer thinning operation at the site.

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