Taipei, Saturday, April 19, 2014 13:09 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
29°C
Digitimes Insight: WD buys HGST to increase HDD market share
Hana Hu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Friday 11 March 2011]

Japan-based Hitachi on March 7 announced that it has sold subsidiary Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), a top three hard disk drive (HDD) maker globally, to Western Digital (WD) for US$4.3 billion, which includes 25 million WD shares worth about US$750 million.

Since Toshiba acquired Fujitsu's HDD operation in April 2009, the industry has consolidated into five main players - WD, Seagate, HGST, Toshiba and Samsung Electronics. The top two companies, WD and Seagate, were separated by less than one percentage point in market share. With the latest HGST acquisition, WD is looking to widen its lead over the rest of the field.

Hitachi's quick decision and sudden change of heart stunned the market. In November 2010 when the company released results for the fiscal second quarter, it pointed out that HGST had improved financially and was scheduled to be listed on NASDAQ. In just a few months, Hitachi has changed plans, which could be an indication that the HDD industry is indeed seeing stronger-than-expected threats from SSD and cloud computing technologies.

MSI product press release
China FPD industry, 2013-2016
DIGITIMES Translation Services
  • 2014 China smartphone market and industry - Forecast and analysis

    Digitimes Research expects demand in the domestic China market to reach 422 million smartphones in 2014, with 278 million units contributed by China-based smartphone vendors.

  • 2014 global mobile application processor market forecast

    This report provides a market forecast of the 2014 application processor market. The analysis includes the development and market strategies for each major AP vendor, thus providing readers with a roadmap for how the market will develop in 2014 and the role of the major players.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.