Western Digital expands Thai operations

Hard disc productionUS-based hard disc drive maker Western Digital will invest $200 million to expand its business in Thailand, the company said after a visit of the president of its storage subsidiary WD Technologies, Timothy Martin Leyden, with Thailand’s industry minister Prasert Boonchaisuk on January 27.

Leyden said that Western Digital wants to widen its manufacturing business in Thailand after it has recovered from huge damages during the 2011 floods.

Leyden was quoted as saying that the operations in the next few years will be expanded through the introduction of new robots and machinery. To cope with the likelihood that new electronics products would be of smaller size in the future, the production would thus be required to be more precise.

Western Digital, along with Seagate Technology, dominates the global hard disk drive market. Half of the world’s computer hard drives are manufactured in Thailand.