Motorola to invest £1.3 billion in Scotland

Motorola plans to make its largest ever inward investment in Europe through the acquisition of a major manufacturing site in Dunfermline, Scotland. The move will herald the next phase of growth for its semiconductor manufacturing operations.

Over the next five years the facility in Scotland is expected to employ 1,350 people and will be Motorola’s largest semiconductor facility in Europe. Motorola is already the largest manufacturing employer in Scotland, with a total workforce of 6,500 at its three plants in East Kilbride, South Queensferry and Easter Inch.

Motorola will, subject to agreement on final terms and conditions, acquire the 150-acre site, with a 100,000 square metre manufacturing facility, currently owned by Hyundai. It will produce Motorola’s DigitalDNA solutions, based on eight-inch wafers and utilising deep sub-micron technology, for the rapidly growing mobile communications business. After the factory is fully equipped, Motorola’s total investment is expected to be approximately $2bn.

Bill Walker, senior vice president and director for the Order Fulfilment Organisation of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector, said: ‘We’re delighted that our long relationship with employees, customers and government in the United Kingdom has enabled us to take this step. Our history of semiconductor manufacturing in Scotland will enable us to establish Dunfermline as a world leader in productivity and cost effectiveness, which are vital to Motorola’s competitiveness.’