New York - Western Digital reported
it restarted hard-drive production at its Bang-Pa-in, Thailand, facility during
the last week.
The facility had been under up to 6
feet of water when it was inundated on Oct. 15. The factory was not expected to
re-open for at least another week, the company said.
The area was pumped dry as of Nov.
17; power was restored on Nov. 26, and production officially began again on
At the same facility, Western Digital has removed all
submerged slider manufacturing equipment for assessment, decontamination and
refurbishment and expects to recommence slider production in March 2012. At the
same time, slider production will commence at another Western Digital facility
in Penang, Malaysia.
The company's second hard-drive facility, located in
Navanakorn, is still under about 2 feet of water. The industrial park is
expected to be pumped dry in the next 10 days at which time the facility can be
Western Digital is forecasting a 50 million to 60 million
shortfall industrywide in hard-drive production for the fourth quarter due to
the flooding. This will force a severe constraint on supply into at least the
second quarter of 2012, it reported.
New York - Western Digital reported it restarted hard-drive production at its Bang-Pa-in, Thailand, facility during the last week.