NETANYA, Israel KLA-Tencor is expected to recruit around 20 engineers and technical staff, mainly in order to expand its support for Intel's Fab 28, which the chip maker is building in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
The new workers will apply KLA-Tencor's technologies to help Intel control and manage production, with an emphasis on yield management.
KLA-Tencor's main site in Israel, in Migdal Ha'emeq, currently employs around 260 workers. KLA-Tencor Israel develops and manufactures optical metrology tools and systems for KLA-Tencor worldwide.
The staff being recruited includes electronics engineers and technical professionals in electronics, microelectronics, control and computing. They will receive a years' training in the U.S.
The majority of KLA-Tencor's products are manufactured at the company's main plant and headquarters in San Jose and Milpitas, both in California. A few products are manufactured at the company's facilities in Bedford, Massachusetts and at the Israeli site.
The expansion in Israel came a few days after Citigroup analyst Timothy Arcuri suggested that KLA-Tencor may be planning a workforce reduction of around 3-4 percent, mostly management jobs.