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Acer to build £25m Cardiff factory

Acer is to create 1,000 new jobs in Wales by opening a £25 million factory in Cardiff next year.

Taiwan's biggest computer company will make notebook, desktop and server PCs at the facility. At a press conference announced by Ron Davies, MP, secretary of state for Wales, the company said it had selected Cardiff because of the high number of electronic component makers in the area, as well as for transport links and infrastructure reasons.

Production will begin next year but it could be as long as five years before full capacity is reached. Acer said it expects most staff for the plant, its first UK manufacturing site, to come from Wales itself.

"As we grow, the intention is to open more manufacturing plants in the UK," said Graham Jacksoon, Acer UK managing director.