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Germany Turns Down Intel's Request for More Fab Fund Subsidies


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According to The Financial Times, the German Finance Minister—Christian Lindner—is not interested in giving Intel more money than already agreed upon. Lindner stated to the news outlet that "There is no more money available in the budget," and went on to say "We are trying to consolidate the budget right now, not expand it." This is bad news for Intel, as the company was hoping to get a total of €10 billion in subsidies from the German government for its new fab in Magdeburg.

Now it looks like Intel will have to make do with the already promised €6.8 billion that the German government has already agreed upon. Intel was hoping to get some additional funds due to higher energy and construction costs, which appears to be something the company now has to cover out of its own pocket. Considering the estimated cost for the first plant in Magdeburg is estimated at €17 billion, it seems only fair that Intel should cover most of the cost of its new fab. Intel is planning to invest around US$88 billion in Europe over the next few years, which includes further expansions to its fab in Ireland, a packaging and assembly plant in Italy and an R&D facility in France.

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"it seems only fair that Intel should cover most of the cost of its new fab."

That says it all right there.
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Gelsinger has turned Intel into a freeloading parasite
As if Intel was in tip-top shape when he took the frays.
Not defending him or anything.

le: That german efficacy.
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All I can do is laugh...

Germany was willing to give Intel the 6.8bil (in simple terms: ) to 'stimulate the economy/industry'.
Germany meanwhile and prior to, is doing all sorts of controversial stuff that (amongst many other consequences) has increased the price of energy. Thus, disincentivizing said industrial/economic-stimulus from foreign industry.

Is it just me, or does this look like a locksnake circling down a toilet?

Gelsinger has turned Intel into a freeloading parasite.
Eh.... Not incorrect, but it is and has been in vogue with 'successful' big biz.
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Intel should put those projects on hold for a couple of years as deflationary pressure lowers construction costs.


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Intel really needs the hand out. They are an impoverished company that only makes tens of billions of dollars profit yearly. Maybe the German people could start a charity drive to raise the money for the destitute Intel Corporation.

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Intel really needs the hand out. They are an impoverished company that only makes tens of billions of dollars profit yearly. Maybe the German people could start a charity drive to raise the money for the destitute Intel Corporation.

Yes, we absolutely need a Justice for Intel campaign, those poor people in management!
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The only reason it opted for Germany in the first place is due to Germany offering the highest subsidized venture. Intel should be fought in ways consumers can do, by starting to buy less Intel products to begin with. They have billions of revenue on a yearly basis, nuked AMD out of the competition by contracting unlawful deals to HP, Dell and what more to only sell Intel exclusive CPU's, but they cant pinch in a few billions of their own suddenly.
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Wow, Germany shows some common sense and says now to socialism for corporations.
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How dare they.

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Good to see, don't waste money on greedy private companies, support small businesses and innovation through public universities.
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They did what was required to get the fab there, then no more, good decision.
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Intel can just mark up all it products for one or two quarters and cover that difference no problem. ;)
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With Germany in recession, they can't really justify all this strategic atomony at the moment.