Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced a three-year initiative to relocate the majority of its media manufacturing operations from
Hitachi GST expects to begin media manufacturing at its Shenzhen facility by the fourth quarter of 2004 and will be in full production by the first half of 2006.
The company plans to keep critically skilled media development and manufacturing pilot lines in
The media is the key component of the hard drive upon which electronic data is written in the data-recording process.
The move toward cost-competitive manufacturing is a hard disk drive industry trend, driven by the lowering of PC and laptop prices and the increasing use of hard drives in consumer electronic devices and other non-traditional applications. According to TrendFocus, an industry research firm based in