WSJ US BusinessIntel CEO Presses Turnaround Effort With $20 Billion Investment Plan

March 23, 20210

Intel Corp.’s chief executive is fast-tracking efforts to revive the semiconductor giant with a broad plan that mixes increased outsourcing with a commitment to spend $20 billion on new factories that could help address a chip shortage.

New CEO Pat Gelsinger said Tuesday that Intel would rely more heavily on third-party chip-making partners, including for some of its most cutting-edge processors, starting in 2023.

But Mr. Gelsinger, on the job a little more than a month, said Intel wasn’t abandoning its historic roots of being both a designer and manufacturer of chips and would retain most production in-house. The company, he said, also is renewing efforts to make chips for others and targeting customers such as Apple Inc. and chip rival Qualcomm Inc.

To underpin those manufacturing ambitions, Intel plans to build two new chip factories, commonly referred to as fabs—short for fabrication—at existing facilities in Arizona, Mr. Gelsinger said, with production from the $20 billion, multiyear investment there due to start in 2024.. Intel also said that within the year it would detail further expansion plans in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

“We are back with a vengeance,” Mr. Gelsinger said in an interview. Over the past year, Intel has lost market share and seen its stock price slide amid increased competition, the loss of key customers, and stumbles in producing next-generation chips.

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