Intel Israel: Innovation as a Leadership Strategy
The growth of Intel Israel is closely interwoven with the evolution of the State of Israel. The Company, founded in 1974 in Haifa with five employees, today employs more than 7,800 people, in addition to indirectly impacting the employment of 23,000 workers in Israel. These large numbers bring with them great responsibility to maintain business leadership, economic stability and employment fairness.
As pioneers of the high-tech industry in Israel, we work hard on many levels to satisfy the passion for technology and to develop the next generation of engineers in Israel. In 2011 alone, we exported goods worth $2.2 billion and made $628 million of reciprocal procurements from Israeli suppliers. Over the past five years, we contributed more than $4.1 billion to the development of Israel’s economy as part of our Industrial Development Plan.
We live in fascinating times in which the world of computers is quickly changing. As the leader in our field, Intel Israel is both helping in this transformation and also being transformed by it.
Our development centers, focused on Intel Corporation’s global growth areas of processors, platforms, software and services, can boast of many of Intel’s technological breakthroughs. In 2011, we witnessed the unprecedented success of the Sandy Bridge processor. Developed in Haifa and Yakum, it quickly became the fastest selling product in Intel’s history. At the same time, we developed the Ivy Bridge processor, the world’s first processor with 22nm technology. We also led the development of Cloverview, Intel’s upcoming processor for tablets and smartphones. Moreover, we reached mass production of the Cedarview processors for the next generation of netbooks.
We invest great amounts of resources in keeping our manufacturing facilities at the forefront of technology and in remaining a preferred manufacturing site for Intel Corporation. In 2011, Fab28 completed its upgrade and reached full production capacity, making microprocessors in 22nm technology to support the Ivy Bridge processor. We believe our manufacturing excellence helps preserve our superiority, positioning the factories of Intel Israel as vital for Intel as a whole.
As leaders in high-tech innovation, we believe that technological and scientific education is essential to keeping Israel economically sound. As a result, we direct our involvement and contributions accordingly. In 2011, we announced the founding of the Computational Intelligence Institute in Israel to research the future interaction between humans and technology. The institute will focus on machine learning, brain-inspired computation and advanced computer architecture, in the hope these breakthrough technologies will enable engaging future applications. At the
beginning of 2012, we signed a memorandum with the Ministry of Education in which we agreed to help with the Ministry’s flagship strategic programs to advance science and technology education.
Approximately half of Intel Israel employees volunteer for the community. In 2011 we contributed NIS 17 million to community and social activities and some 3,200 employees contributed 41,000 hours of service to our community. I would like to thank all our volunteer employees from the bottom of my heart for giving of their time and energy.
In 2011, we received “The Environmental Protection Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence”. Presented at an event attended by the President of Israel, the award recognized the tremendous efforts we have made in environmental projects. Examples include a system for processing silicon particles that we developed for our Jerusalem Die Prep facility and that has become standard throughout Intel Corporation; a photovoltaic solar system, which generates
renewable energy, that we implemented in Jerusalem; and a wastewater treatment facility in Kiryat Gat that is comprised of 19 distinct systems and allows us to recover 40% of waste water.