Missed opportunity (updated)
Slightly dated news, but with a general relvance to India.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Intel’s billion-dollar Vietnam bet along the Hanoi Highway – its biggest semiconductor manufacturing plant ever – is rising up from the flatlands of former rice fields.
The Santa Clara chip giant jolted the tech world two years ago when it announced it would build a massive assembly factory in this Southeast Asian country known more for making shoes and growing crops than assembling key PC components. Intel picked Vietnam, a nation of 85 million that lacks a single world-class university, over India, whose army of engineers has reordered the global software industry. (link)
As mentioned, Intel’s first choice was India. My wife was part of the team consulting for Intel that was evaluting the environmental sustainability of an industrial land area near Chennai for the project. Given the proposed scale of the operation, it would have been a huge economic boon for the area. Sadly, the experience left her, not to mention the rest of the team and Intel expasperated, forcing a move to a much more willing Vietnam. A collusion of the usual factors – lack of any serious planning and coordination, general governmental apathy and of course, red-tapism – led to a quick demise of the proposal.
Update: Do check the comments section for more detailed information from the person in the know. A number of concerns raised by various people are addressed there.