This is a horrible thing for the country of Thailand and its people. They were just starting to really get some growth in the electronics industry. Of course this growth has come to a complete halt while the country does battle with Mother Nature. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Thailand to emerge from this disaster, since they don't have the finances like Japan. After seeing Japan devastated earlier this year and now Thailand, this should cause some executives to consider diversification for manufacturing plants. With so much focus in certain regions, we are all susceptible to disaster.
Yes Daren, natural disaster hits Southeast Asian countries once again. Most of the electronics production and assembling companies are largely depends on Thailand companies, either for products or components. I read that most of the electronic assembling companies are going to be hit badly due to the flood in Thailand. This may again had a bad impact in availability and intern pricing factor too.
Sorry for one more natural disaster. Japan is still trying to come out of the impact again floods devastated Thai people. Thailand is having firms from many electronic industries which were shutdown for the last few weeks. Wish Thai to recover as soon as possible and be onto track with in few weeks.
The Thailand Floods is highly disasterous and this will definitely have a significant impact on computer manufacturers and production as the major suplies of hard drive are seriously hit. Assuming company like Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba have their production sites elsewhere, the effect in the supply chain would have been at minima, they suppose to have crisis contigency plan in place.
Thanks for the detailed list. I reckon it will be a while before the full business impact is understood. I am just back from Asia and it was shocking weather over there. I hope not too many people were hurt.
Yeah, 2011 has been a tough year all around. The flloods in Thailand is just another punch. The supply chain seems to be adjusting to each catastrophe very well and hopeful will ride this one too. I am just wandering how much more it can take before a cascading fall starts.
The floods in thailand have really been shockingly devastating. I feel for the new government and the fledgling leader - Yingluck Shinawatra, the new prime minister. The damage to the economy was estimated as high as 150 B Baht (USD 4.8 B) even about a couple weeks back.
For the last month or so there has been only sparse news about these Thai floods. The real situation and its aftereffects are now unfolding and the situation looks to be as grim as what happened in Japan earlier.
Year 2011 seems to be the year of disruptions for the supply chain and many a lessons will be learnt when the industry finally comes out of this situation.
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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.
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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.
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