Thursday, January 3rd 2008

Patriot Memory to Build Plant in Taiwan

US-based Patriot Memory has decided to build a plant to manufacture DRAM modules and NAND flash products in Taiwan to cater to its growing operations, according to the company. Initial plans for the plant involve an investment of NT$100 million (US$3.08 million) to set up two production lines. Patriot, which set up a branch office in Taiwan in 2004, has outsourced most of its production for DRAM modules and NAND flash products. But the fast growth in both segments has prompted the company to set up its own production facilities in Taiwan, which will be the company's Asia-Pacific operations center and one of its global production bases. Patriot is expected to showcase 32GB and 64GB flash drives at the upcoming CES, with volume production for the 32GB products starting in the first quarter, and the 64GB ones in the second. The company also plans to launch a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) in the first half of the year.Source: DigiTimes
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10 Comments on Patriot Memory to Build Plant in Taiwan

#1
Tekmuch
Patriot

Not very patriotic if you ask me.
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#2
jocksteeluk
no point being patriotic in a market economy.
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#3
jothy
I hope their SSD offering can do at least sustained write of 75MB/s. With so many players coming into the SSD market hope the price will tumble this year or next.
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#4
TUngsten
Can't complain about Taiwan. At least it's not mainland China!
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btarunr
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Everything getting nucleated at a place isn't good for the industry because different countries have different trade agreements with Taiwan and a bad one could impact sales in that country. If India has better trade relations and import duty with the US, Crucial-Micron (Made in the USA) sells cheaper, sells more. Likewise irrespective of where a company has its administration and corporate headquarters, it boils down to where they manufacture their goods from. While for the USA and its people importing stuff from Taiwan is cheaper, it will hurt other countries that had better trade-relations with US and would import from the US earlier, now having to import from Taiwan if it has a different trade protocol and import-duty on Taiwanese stuff.

For a successful IT company, the best thing to do is not to simply to outsource their manufacturing but to operate several points of manufacturing at a parallel and equi-quantitative basis so all the markets are captured.

On a lighter note: what if Taiwan is nuked(God forbid)? The whole industry collapses!
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#6
hacker111
Cheap workers there...Thats why they set up there company there...But god for them..isnt it kind of bad because now all the products produced there are going to have to travel across the ocean to there most predominant buyers and with fuel costs today....Thats gonna be one hell of an expence.:slap:
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#7
hacker111
Unless of course they use nuclear power then they will spend alot at first but then save money in the big run.
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#8
1c3d0g
Patriot makes great memory...I'm happy to see they're expanding and doing well. :cool:
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#9
P.C.b!=P.C.P
Good call UN-Patriot. I look forward to the glorious day when my grandchildren open the biggest call center in all of America!?!:rolleyes:
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#10
AddSub
Not very patriotic if you ask me.
Heh, ya. Something tells me there will be a flood of Patriot memory products on eBay in the following weeks as the news spreads and people in US dump their stuff because let's face it, while many people buy their RAM regardless where it was made, the until recently "Made in USA" label Patriot carried so proudly (made in their Fremont, California factory that is) attracted a sizable and specific socio-political segment of American public. You know who I'm talking about. :D
On a lighter note: what if Taiwan is nuked(God forbid)? The whole industry collapses!
Heh, yeah. But then again, VIA would be put out of it misery so it all works out.
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