Apple invests $2bn to transform sapphire plant to data centre

Apple will invest $2bn to transform its failed sapphire glass plant in Arizona into a data centre, in what is claimed to be one of the iPhone maker’s largest investments in history.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said: "This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple’s interest in our state."

"This expansion will bring a significant economic investment, and propel Arizona’s position as one of the best states in the nation in which to do business."

Earlier, the Mesa facility housed Apple’s supply partner for sapphire glass materials, GT Advanced Technologies, while the facility was closed when GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.

As part of plans, the new facility would lead to creation of 150 full-time jobs.

Serving as a data centre, as well as a command centre for Apple’s global networks, the facility will manage Apple’s other data centers and networks that manage traffic from services such as iTunes, iCloud and Siri.

The iPhone maker noted that the data centre will be powered completely by renewable energy, with most of the power being generated from a new local solar farm.

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