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Western Digital HDD Thai Production Ramping Up

1/24/2012 09:31:00 AM Eastern

Irvine, Calif. - Western Digital resumed hard-disk-drive
slider production at its Thailand facility this week.

The Thai factory had been shut down since Oct.
10
when floodwater caused by monsoon rains stopped production. The company
had restarted its Bang-Pa factory in early December.

Western Digital expects its production capacity to reach
pre-flood levels by the third quarter of 2012. The flooding has cost Western
Digital about $199 million, the company reported.

As the company previously announced, the flooding severely
hampered its production. Western Digital shipped 28.5 million hard drives
during the quarter, down from 52.2 million shipped during the same period in
2011.

The company also reported its deal to acquire Hitachi
Global Storage
should close in March. The $4.3 billion cash and stock deal
was initiated in March 2011.

In other news, Western Digital releases its second-quarter
financial report for the period ending Dec. 30.

The company posted $2 billion in revenue, with a net income
of $145 million. This is excluding charges and expenses related to the flooding
and the Hitachi acquisition. With those events added in, non-GAAP net income
was $358 million.

During the same period in 2011 the company generated $2.5
billion in revenue, with a net income of $225 million.