Atmel set to expand

US semiconductor maker Atmel is expanding its East Kilbride smart card production operation, creating 130 new jobs. The move follows the company’s acquisition in April of Motorola’s East Kilbride `smart chip’ business, which employs 70. Atmel is the world’s third largest producer of integrated circuits for smart cards in a wide range of electronic products. […]

US semiconductor maker Atmel is expanding its East Kilbride smart card production operation, creating 130 new jobs.

The move follows the company’s acquisition in April of Motorola’s East Kilbride `smart chip’ business, which employs 70.

Atmel is the world’s third largest producer of integrated circuits for smart cards in a wide range of electronic products. The company had a turnover of around £650m last year.

The California-based firm plans to move to a new site in Lanarkshire within a year and to employ 200 people by 2002.

Atmel said it was locating in Scotland to capitalise on the country’s fast-growing expertise in research, design and development of microprocessors.