an interesting one. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has just
snapped up a substrate manufacturing facility located in Sarawak,
Malaysia from Western Digital. You heard right -- one hard drive maker
is taking some property from a rival hard drive maker. In the release,
we're told that the facility that Hitachi GST is taking over produces
aluminum substrates used in hard disk drives, which WD originally ended
up with when it purchased Komag in 2007.
Steve Milligan, president, Hitachi GST, had this to say about the agreement: "This acquisition further strengthens Hitachi GST and is the next step in our business transformation. The Sarawak facility is located in close proximity to existing Hitachi GST
suppliers and drive assembly operations, which will enable us to
realize increased operational efficiencies and other long-term benefits.
" Colleage Ian Sanders, VP of the components group, chimed in with this: "The
Malaysian and Sarawak governments have been instrumental in Hitachi GST
efforts to develop a local manufacturing presence. We thank them for
their ongoing support and look forward to growing our employee base in
Malaysia. Sarawak has a highly-skilled workforce with a worldwide
reputation for manufacturing and technology excellence. Our goal is to
have the Sarawak team play an important role in strengthening our
product competitiveness by providing Hitachi GST with greater access to
We're told that the closing of the acquisition is subject to
customary conditions, which means that everything should be complete
just as soon as the right paperwork is filled out. It's hard to say
what affect this will have on end users, though we get the idea most
folks won't even notice the difference.