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Western Digital Closing Malaysian Factory Down

by Raja IdrisJuly 17, 2018
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It’s been revealed that Western Digital will be closing down their hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya due to a lack of demand for supplies.

WD Close Petaling Jaya Factory

Originally built back in 1973, the factory initially made custom semiconductors. They then changed productions to hard drives in 1994.

The company’s spokesperson has said the factory in Petaling Jaya will be shut down by the end of 2019.

In response to declining long-term demand for client HDDs, Western Digital has taken steps to rationalize its HDD manufacturing operations globally. The company will decommission its HDD manufacturing facility in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, by the end of calendar 2019. This transition will be executed in close collaboration with employees, customers, supply partners and other critical stakeholders. The data technology industry is undergoing substantial change. This market transformation is driving increased adoption of SSDs and NAND flash in traditional HDD applications. The change has contributed to growth in SSD/NAND flash and declining long-term demand for client HDDs. Consequently, Western Digital plans to expand SSD manufacturing in Penang. The company is in the final stages of commissioning its second SSD facility in Penang, which will go into production in the coming months.

The company seems more focused on their lineup of solid-state drives. This is in fact backed up to their joint-efforts with Toshiba and the market’s decreasing demand for HDD has affected much.

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Pokdepinion: It’s kind of sad to learn that they will be shutting down the factory. I’ve passed it on the road many times. Well back to topic, is the market for HDDs that bad? I for one think they are still needed despite the fact that SSDs are now cheaper compared to back then. What do you think? Does HDDs have lost their place in the market? Let us know in the comments down below.

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8 Comments
  • Bard
    July 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I would say that hdd’s are becoming sunset media. The only criteria keeping em’ alive is their dirt cheap cost per gigabyte. But once ssd’s prices can come down within confortable range, i’m all of us gonna move on to ssd’s……it’s inevitable sort to say.
    Rip to magnetic media.

    • Raja Idris
      July 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      yeah technology will move forward nonetheless, same case as the floppy disk.

      • Bard
        July 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

        Raja, back in the late 80’s , we only have ibm pc’s in our computer lab. They don’t even have hard disk in them….so much that we’ve got to bring our own 5 inch floppies to use em’. 1 for dos, 1 for wordstar, one for lotus 123 and 1 for karateka to kill some time.
        Tech does move fast….

  • CK
    July 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    If there are reliable consumer software to merge HDD and SSD storage like Store MI by AMD, I think HDD will still have a demand because of it’s low cost.

  • BBB
    January 28, 2019 at 8:48 am

    if talking about client, it’s all boil down to what majority of the consumers would be buying.
    if i were to look for a device to consume data, which i usually do, i’d buy another smartphone or tablet for that matters, getting a laptop for that money is less likely a dominant option like it used.
    if one still goes for a laptop for the matter of choice, it’d most likely be coming with the cheap flash memory or any that comes with m.2 platform, adding on a SD card storage to it.
    so, it’s much much slimmer market comparing to good’ol days.

    • Vyncent Chan
      January 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Yeah flash storage is getting so affordable now that hard disk manufacturers are definitely feeling the pinch. Hard disks are probably something that enterprise users would still look towards because of the sheer capacity/cost ratio, but consumers will be much more satisfied with an affordable 512GB SSD than say a 1TB HDD.

  • BBB
    February 1, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    if talking about client, it’s all boil down to what majority of the consumers would be buying.
    if i were to look for a device to consume data, which i usually do, i’d buy another smartphone or tablet for that matters, getting a laptop for that money is less likely a dominant option like it used.
    if one still goes for a laptop for the matter of choice, it’d most likely be coming with the cheap flash memory or any that comes with m.2 platform, adding on a SD card storage to it.
    so, it’s much much slimmer market comparing to good’ol days.

    • Vyncent Chan
      February 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Yeah flash storage is getting so affordable now that hard disk manufacturers are definitely feeling the pinch. Hard disks are probably something that enterprise users would still look towards because of the sheer capacity/cost ratio, but consumers will be much more satisfied with an affordable 512GB SSD than say a 1TB HDD.

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