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    Intel will install “mega laboratory” to test products in Costa Rica

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The government of Costa Rica and the technology company Intel today announced the installation of a “mega laboratory” in the Central American country, in which the company will test and validate their products in development.

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    The announcement comes about within the context of a trip to the U.S. that the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, will have this week. On Monday he met up with the general manager of Intel, Brian Krzanich, in the city of California.

    As indicated by the Costa Rican presidency in a statement today, it was at that meeting where the laboratory facility was completed, for which it will hire 100 workers and whose investment amount was not disclosed.

    “Costa Rican technicians and engineers will be responsible for validating and determining the efficiency and quality of new Intel products, especially for its manufacturing and distribution, and setting the standard for the new technology of Intel”, indicates the statement.

    This statement was made two months after Intel announced the closure of its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica by the end of the year and therefore laying off 1,500 workers.

    In Costa Rica the company will maintain operations of the Development and Engineering Center and its Global Shared Services Center, in which a total of 1,500 people will work.

    This new laboratory is part of the research and development division of manufacturing.

    During the meeting between Solis and Krzanich, the parties also agreed to examine the possibility of establishing a laboratory for small and medium high-tech enterprises of Costa Rica.

    “That news allows us to confirm to the world that Costa Rica is and will remain one of the major players in the big leagues to attract high-tech companies,” Solis expressed in the statement.

    For its part, Intel said in a separate statement that the laboratory is “one of a kind” and will begin operations in the first quarter of 2015 with “sophisticated human talent that can quickly solve complex problems.”

    “This lab will serve mega laboratories design and manufacturing operations of the Corporation, ensuring that products are fully functional before entering production plants,” the company indicated.

    It company added that this platform includes “validation processes in the early stages of engineering and connect virtually to the global manufacturing network of Intel”.

    President Solis, who is now in New York, confirmed that during his travel to the United States he wants to to “reaffirm the message that Costa Rica is a country open to do business.”

    The main component of the presidential´s tour to California, New York and Washington, which began on Monday and will end on Friday, will be meetings with U.S. businessmen in order to attract investment to Costa Rica.

    On Monday, the Costa Rican government announced that the company VMware, of the software sector, will expand operations at its Shared Services Center in Costa Rica with the hiring of 150 workers by 2015, which then will total 400 employees.

    In the United States, Solís is accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, by businessmen and officials of the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (CINDE) and the investment promotion agency that organizes the tour.

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