Intel exported goods and services valued at $3.6 billion from Israel in 2017, up from $3.3 billion the year before, according to the 2017 annual summary report of Intel’s operations in Israel, published by the chipmaker on Monday. In the past decade, Intel Israel had exported goods and services valued at $50 billion, Ctech reports.
The Santa Clara, California-headquartered multinational chipmaker established its presence in Israel in 1974. The company now employs a local team of 11,000 people in a production facility in Kiryat Gat, a city in the south of Israel, and in three research and development centers. In addition, Intel’s local team now counts the 1,000 employees of Mobileye, bought by Intel in August for $15.3 billion.
“2017 was an exceptional year, in which Intel bought Mobileye, turning Israel into Intel’s global center for autonomous cars,” Yaniv Garty, CEO of Intel's operations in Israel, said in a statement Monday. Mr. Garty added that 2017 saw the launch of the Israel-made 8th generation Intel Core, and the opening of a new AI research center and a cyber center in the country.