A year after the flooding in Thailand devastated the hard disk drive (HDD) industry, production has returned to normal levels, according to IHS iSuppli. In fact, HDD shipments to the computer market are expected to reach record levels by the end of the year.
This year, HDD shipments to the computer market are forecast to rise 4.3 percent from last year, to 524 million units, the research firm said in a press release. Demand from the enterprise market and the release of Windows 8 are behind the uptick.
The increase "is the result of greater demand from the consumer and enterprise PC segments, both of which continue to clamor for disk space in order to hold storage-intensive media like music, videos and other forms of social media content," Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS iSuppli, said in the release. "As downloadable media content becomes more readily accessible and affordable, so will the quest for storage space continue in order to satisfy unremitting demand."
HDD manufacturing and component supply have completely recovered from the Thailand floods, Zhang said. HDD shipments are expected to continue to rise through 2016. According to IHS iSuppli, demand will be driven by nearly all segments of the computer market, including desktops, notebooks, enterprise servers, and storage systems. Ultrabooks will also give the market a boost.
@Cryptoman: I don't think the increased supply will have an impact on the prices in the next two, three months. There's already a sufficient demand and a gap in the market that the supply will fulfill. Once that's done with, then the prices may fall if the supply remains constant.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.