DigiTimes reports Nidec has resumed production at its Ayutthaya plants in Thailand and will increase production capacity at plants in the Philippines and China. The Japan-based HDD motor supplier manufactures close to 75 percent of global HDD motor shipments. The company now expects it will be able to ship 100 million units this quarter, which is still close to 30 percent less than the 140 million units it shipped in the third quarter.
Nidec currently has 10 production bases in Thailand with eight of them have been damaged by the floods. As water started to recede, Nidec announced its Rangsit plants, which stopped operation on October 13, already resumed production on October 25, while Ayutthaya plants also started operating normally on November 4.
Nidec's two plants in Philippine will also see their monthly capacity rise from 15 million units originally to 25 million units with capacity in China plants also increase from 10 million units to 15 million units. However, the total capacity in the fourth quarter will still drop close to 30% from 140 million units in the third.