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WD Sells its Factory in Malaysia to Hitachi GST

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    Western Digital today announced that it has agreed to sell the assets of its media substrate manufacturing facility in Sarawak, Malaysia, to a subsidiary of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the hard drive manufacturing unit of Hitachi, Ltd. The employees of WD at the facility will become employees of the purchaser. The transaction is expected to close in the current quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
    WD announced in December that it was taking actions to realign its cost structure to match a softer demand environment. This divestiture is one of those steps. The Sarawak facility, at which WD manufactured aluminum substrates for hard drive magnetic media, was acquired by WD as part of its acquisition of Komag, Inc. in September 2007. WD is consolidating substrate operations from the Sarawak facility into its other substrate facility in Johor, Malaysia. WD will continue to manufacture the majority of its magnetic media requirements at existing facilities in Malaysia and source the balance of its media needs through its strategic external partners.

    "We are very pleased that, rather than closing this plant, which was surplus to our needs, we have identified a qualified buyer who will continue to operate the facility," said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer of WD. "WD worked closely with Hitachi GST, the government of Sarawak and its local agencies to create a solution that preserves operations at the Kuching location, as well as the jobs of the employees and those in supporting industries, which have a large impact on the local community."

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    i bet thats the factory that made all the drives that kept dying on me.
     
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    Good for you, now you'll know to stay away from Hitachi.
     
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    well i should say i'm glad that the employees keep their jobs. i think thats more hitachis good thing, than WD's.
     
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    .......... use to work in that facilities 3 years back..
     
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    Everything I've ever bought thats said "made in Malaysia" has broke within 1.5yrs of owning it. Quality workmanship, that :p
     
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    hoho.. the same experience here.. although I myself from malaysia...
     
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    does stuff in malaysia break all the time? or do they keep the good stuff and export the crap stuff? thats how i'd do it ;)
     
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    not all.. but some of them really didnt have good quality.. need to improve more..
     
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    Now you know what ASUS is doing:D
     
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    Asus make their stuff in Taiwan and China ;)
     
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    But their HQ is in TW:D
    so all the nice stuff stays there:D
     
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    thanks for sharing!....
     
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    I built three Celeron 366@550 systems with chips from Malay and I must say those were some finely crafted chips indeed. Even the one that belonged to my friend's mom with the CPU fan that died and no one noticed lasted more than 1.5 years.

    Now Hitachi... that's where my disgust is aimed at. I had both an IBM DeathStar and a Hitachi DeathStar and they both died gloriously just like they were supposed to.
     
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    Well, I do admit, Hitachi has more demand.
     
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    Thats just their HQ, not manufacturing plants lol.
     
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    Yeah, but all their products goes back to Taiwan then to other countries...
     
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    Almost all of AMD's chips are made in Malaysia.
     
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    Other countries yes, but the point is Asus don't have any manufacturing plants in Malaysia, just Taiwan and China :p
     
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    Yeah I know:p
     
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    More companies should do this, rather than shutter the doors.
     
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    From personal experience - all i can say its Hitachi make some of the best rice cookers ever, the one my family has, has been used for over 20 years. where as all the other stuff they make seem to die really quickly.
     
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    I thought Hitachi was getting out of the HD market?
     
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    That would be awesome! Lord knows they SHOULD!
     
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    that was Fujitsu that was leaving the HDD market.
     

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