Western Digital Scores While Others Stumble

By Julian Matthews

The recent upheavals in the hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturing industry appear to have left US drive maker Western Digital Corp unscathed.

According to International Data Corp, Western Digital Corp is set to gain 18% market share in 1996 from 14% a year ago and is ranked third behind leaders Seagate Technology Inc and Quantum Corp.

At the opening of its second facility in Malaysia in October, chairman, president and CEO of Western Digital Corp, Charles Haggerty said in its 1996 fiscal year the company made about 15.3 million HDDs up from 10 million the previous year, raking in revenues of almost US$3 billion. The company is targeting to make 21 million HDDs in fiscal 1997.

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