Intel closes NZ development unit

Intel is shutting down its software development shop in New Zealand and transferring its activities to the US.

Intel is shutting down its software development shop in New Zealand.

The activities of the unit -- formerly known as Dialogic -- are being transferred to the US, with staff at the Auckland-based facility leaving, as handovers are completed.

Intel Australia spokesman Daniel Anderson says Intel's global communications group, which the New Zealand Dialogic staff became part of after Dialogic was rebranded as Intel global communications, has rolled its systems development functions back to the US "and we'll be closing down that development in New Zealand".

Staff have been informed and been offered "separation packages", he says, but he wouldn't comment on how many of the 50 developers employed at the plant last year are still there.

As of yesterday, Intel had failed to update its website to take note of the situation, with the New Zealand part of the site stating that 57 were working here and noting "Intel New Zealand develops interoperable best-of-breed applications and peripherals serving the corporate enterprise".

Intel has steadily reduced its presence in New Zealand over the past few years. Former managing director Scott Gilmour left in March 2001 and the remaining Auckland-based sales staff went in May 2002, leaving just the development group based in New Zealand.

New Zealand development staff worked mainly on telecommunications applications.

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