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Appeared on: Monday, October 17, 2011
WD's Thailand Manufacturing Plant Flooded

Hard-drive maker Western Digital said it extended the suspension of its operations in Thailand as floods brought operations to a standstill.

The company today announced that it has extended the suspension of its operations in Thailand. Over the weekend, rising water penetrated the Bang Pa-in Industrial Park flood defenses, inundating the company's manufacturing facilities there and submerging some equipment. At the other company manufacturing location in Thailand, Navanakorn Industrial Park, the park flood defenses were breached on Monday morning local time and water has begun to flow into the park threatening the company's facilities there. All WD employees in Thailand remain safe, the company added.

The company's other facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S. are operational. The company now expects that the flooding of its Thailand facilities, combined with flood damage to the company's supply chain in Thailand, will have significant impact on the company's overall operations and its ability to meet customer demand for its products in the December quarter.


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