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Singapore may be the location of a new Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) manufacturing and R&D operation, according to this morning's Singapore Business Times. This would be good news for the island, which has been hard-hit by the Asian crisis and associated job losses in hard disk manufacturing. We at The Register also speculate that it would be bad news for SGI's Swiss and - possibly - US manufacturing plants. Switzerland in particular seems a pretty dumb place for a company going through a re-engineering process to be building stuff. The suggestion came from SGI CEO Richard Belluzo in an interview with the Times. There are obvious attractions for SGI; the employment situation isn't anything like as tight in Singapore as it was before the crisis, and the Singapore government is particularly keen to diversify manufacturing and attract more R&D. Belluzo says he's also been talking to the government about SGI's contribution to SingaporeONE, distributed learning and supercomputing projects. This may be the fish the Singapore government is dangling - Singapore has massive plans for wiring the island, so it's both a major potential source of revenue and a product showcase. ® Click for more stories

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