WD HDD production affected due to flooding in Thailand


Western Digital announced that production of hard drives in its
facilities close to Bangkok, Thailand, will be constrained in the current
quarter due to flooding in Thailand.


The flooding is causing problems with the region’s infrastructure,
including transportation and utilities, and has resulted in the inundation of
some supplier facilities and employee homes. The company is gratified to report
that its approximately 37,000 Thailand-based employees are deemed safe at this
time.


Western Digital is working with its
suppliers to maximize throughput and availability of parts in order to best
meet the needs of its customers.


In the quarter ending July 1, 2011, WD shipped approximately 54 million
hard drives from its facilities in Thailand and Malaysia, with approximately 60
percent coming from its Thailand sites. The company’s Thailand operations
source much of its supply of components from local suppliers. 


While WD’s facilities in Thailand are operational, production has been
suspended on a temporary basis to protect its employees and its facilities and
equipment against water ingress. The company indicated that conditions
associated with the continued flooding are evolving quickly and the extent of
the impact on its operations in Thailand cannot yet be fully determined.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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