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WD meeting HDD demand as Thai floods become a memory

Simon Quicke

The impact of the Thailand floods has finally become a historical issue for Western Digital as it revealed its operations had got to a point were they could now meet demand.

The Thai floods decimated the hard disc drive (HDD) industry last year with shortages expected to continue to be an issue in the industry for the first half of 2012.

But the latest update from WD CEO John Coyne struck a positive note about the situation the vendor had now reached on the HDD production front.

"The recovery activities related to both WD operations and those of our supply chain partners impacted by the Thailand floods have reached a point where we now have the capability to adequately meet anticipated customer demand in the current quarter and beyond," he said.

The upodate from Coyne is significant as WD was one of the largest suppliers hit by the floods and it came as the vendor unveiled its third quarter fiscal numbers showing HDD shipments of 44.2m helping drive a rebenue of $3bn and a net income of $483m.

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