Texas Instruments to Sell Italian Manufacturing Facility; TI and Samsung
to Dissolve Joint Venture in Portugal
DALLAS (November 19, 1998) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated
(NYSE:TXN) today said that it will sell its Aversa, Italy manufacturing operation and
dissolve its joint venture with Samsung, Electronica (Portugal), Lda., in Porto, Portugal.
TI has reached an agreement with Telital, the Italian telecommunications company, for
the sale of TI's Materials and Controls (M&C) manufacturing operation in Aversa.
Telital plans to continue manufacturing TI's M&C products while it transitions the
operation to business opportunities in the telecommunications area. Terms were not
The transaction, pending certain closing arrangements, is expected to close by the end
of the year. This action is part of M&C's worldwide strategy to maintain a competitive
cost structure by consolidating manufacturing into large centers of excellence,
subcontracting and outsourcing, utilizing best-cost manufacturing locations, automating
high-volume product lines and designing new, lower-cost product lines. The action would
also provide Aversa with employment in a rapidly growing area of high technology.
In addition, the Texas Instruments - Samsung Electronica (Portugal), Lda.,
semiconductor assembly operation in Porto will close. The cessation of operations will
begin shortly and is expected to be completed on or before March 31, 1999. The closure
will affect the plant's 740 employees. Global market and economic conditions had for some
time put the joint venture facility in an unsustainable, uncompetitive position.
These actions in Europe are consistent with TI's continuing commitment to contain costs
and increase competitiveness.
TI expects to recognize special charges in the fourth quarter for the Aversa and Porto
actions and for greater than expected participation in Japan in the early retirement
program that was announced in June as part of a larger TI program.