31 Oct '11, 5pm

A Flood on the Disk-Drive Market

A Flood on the Disk-Drive Market

Western Digital, for example, the world’s largest hard-drive maker, has more than half of its production located in the Bangkok area, where it maintains two facilities for the assembly of hard drives and disk heads, one at Nava Nakorn Industrial Promotion Zone, located some 40 kilometers north of the city center, and another even farther north at the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate. Both industrial centers are situated in low-lying areas near the Chao Phraya River, which threads that city and which has of late been topping over its banks because of uncharacteristically heavy monsoon rains. The consequent inundation forced Western Digital to close its Thai factories in the middle of October. The flooding has affected many other hard-drive manufacturers, or companies that produce components for hard drives, as well.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/a-f...

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