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Kevin OBrien

Nidec Resumes Production of Hard Drive Motors in Thailand Discussion

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Japan-based hard disc drive (HDD) motor supplier Nidec has announced that it has already resumed production in its Thai Ayutthaya plants. Production was halted last month when flooding stuck the area, destrupting much of the world's hard drive supply. While some hard drive manufacturers escaped direct flooding, they still relied on parts such as motors from other suppliers. Sources believe that this should help narrow down the HDD supply gap in the fourth quarter of 2011 as a result.

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I wonder if there are any HDD companies that weren't affected at all but are now selling drives at an inflated price.

No chance, they were all affected.

This news for instance is huge for Seagate, who said they were specifically short on motors. The next question is how easy is it to get the motors to Seagate. I'm sure the infrastructure is better, but it's by no means back to normal.

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