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It was built at great expense in the late 1990s. Hyundai spent some £80m on developing a factory at Halbeath in Fife with the intention of producing silicon chips there. Not a single wafer was ever produced and the plant lay idle for years. No other semi-conductor producer was able to come up with a plan to make it viable.

Now it is being demolished to make way for a centre for businesses in the alternative energy sectors, with Shepherd Offshore at its hub. Work on this was started by Gordon Brown, the former prime minister and current MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

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