The third largest exporter of hard drives is Thailand, the worst flooding in more than 50 years, the problems with the manufacture and export of hard drives. It is still early to draw conclusions, but it looks as though this is up to the first quarter of 2012 will last.
Demand, the flooding was 176.2 million hard drives during the fourth quarter of 2011. This is 25.9 percent of total production in 2011.
Western Digital and Toshiba stopped production temporarily. Both companies have their factory in Pathum Thani province near Bangkok.
Western Digital has the largest manufacturing and 37,000 workers employed in Thailand. 60 percent of production comes from Thailand for this company.In the second quarter, 53.8 million people there hard drives, this is 32 percent of the total market for hard drives.
Toshiba employees to about 3,900 in Thailand and 50 percent of the total capacity of the supply of hard drives in the affected area. In the second quarter of 2011 was the fourth Toshiba dealer with a volume of 17.8 million hard drives. Toshiba has a market capacity of 10.6 percent of the total market in hard drives.
In second place is Seagate with a factory that produces Teparuk reading heads in Thailand. Another component word in Korat Thailand manufactured. Both plants have been operating during this flood.
The flooding that already hold about two months have impact on the company NIDEC that 70 percent of the total market for hard drives the motor of the hard drive produces. The companies Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi and Toshiba Samsung depend on the company and have two factories NIDEC NIDEC NIDEC Precision Electronics and both are located in Ayutthaya north west Thailand.
Another part of the production company Hutchinson Technology has to stop production.This is based in Ayutthaya and the flooding and a shortage of energy could not deliver. We plan to in the United States to continue production because of the high demand for hard drives.
Worldwide, the production of hard drives for 25 percent of Thailand.