back to article HGST closing SSD plant in Malaysia – report

HGST is reportedly closing an SSD manufacturing and research and development plant in Penang. The plant currently employs 450 people. Managerial staff are going to HGST subsidiaries in Singapore. The move is part of Western Digital's integration of its acquired HGST subsidiary, which was agreed by MOFCOM, China's Ministry of …

  1. 2460 Something

    Knowing how big corporations love to look after their staff I bet the execs will get nice relocation payments plus bonuses for being so inconvenienced. Everyone else will just be kicked to the kerb.

  2. localzuk

    Odd target

    I'm not sure how an SSD plant is a target for closure, considering WD don't have any of their own? How are they going to continue to provide the same products without the capacity to do so? Not to mention, should they not be putting more money IN to SSD production, considering the importance of SSDs to their future survival?

    1. Captain TickTock

      Re: Odd target

      Because maybe:

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/21/wd_buying_sandisk/

      ?

    2. pyite

      Re: Odd target

      I have no insider info here, but SanDisk also has a relatively new Penang fab -- so clearly WDC must have liked it better than the HGST facility.

  3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

    Why

    are the windscreen wipers on the parked cars in the picture tilted up? Around here we sometimes do this in the winter to prevent the rubber freezing on the glass, but that can't be the reason they do it in Malaysia?

    1. joed

      Re: Why

      wiper blades melting?

      or maybe the rubber just deforming, dust/sand wearing them (and windshields)

    2. James Pond

      Re: Why

      The temperature is hot enough (> 40 degrees Celsius) that the rubber may get deformed or damaged after prolonged "contact" with the windscreen.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fab at Firesale price

    Since China ia now officially trying to "reduce its dependencies on foreign producers" this sounds like a buy prospect for one of those People's Republican Army owned companies.

    They'll get a pretty good price!....Could that be part of the merger deal?

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