It's Taken a Full Year, But Hard-Disk Production Back to Full Strength in Thailand
By: Computerworld 10.03.2012
A year after a flooding disaster in Thailand took out a large portion of hard-disk drive production, the industry has fully recovered with shipments to the computer market expected to hit a record level this year.
According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, hard-drive sales have rebounded, driven by demand in the enterprise market as well as the upcoming arrival of the Windows 8 operating system next month.
HDD shipments in 2012 for the overall computer market, including PCs, are forecast to reach 524 million drives, up 4.3 percent from 502.5 million units last year, according to an IHS report.
Hard-drive prices, however, will remain high, and prices are not expected to fall to pre-flood levels until 2014, IHS stated in a report earlier this year.