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.