硬碟大廠Western Digital將裁員2500人 減產兩週

硬碟大廠Western Digital將裁員2500人 減產兩週
中央社台北2008年12月17日電

全球第二大硬碟製造商威騰公司(Western Digital Corp. US-WDC)計畫裁員2500人,並因訂單減少,多數生產作業將暫停將近兩週時間。

威騰今天指出,這次裁員約佔員額5%。

該公司估計,本季銷售最高達18億美元,低於10月23日預測的20.3億美元或以上。

威騰也計畫裁減臨時工人數,並調降包括執行長科尼 (John Coyne)在內的主管薪資。

科尼在聲明中指出,經濟的下滑使得價格跌幅超過預期,並預測成長減緩情形將持續至明年中。

威騰昨天在紐約股市上漲0.68美元收12.50美元,今年迄昨天止的股價跌幅達59%。
http://n.yam.com/cnabc/fn/200812/20081217732106.html

Drive Maker Plans to Cut 2,500 Jobs
By MIKE BARRIS

Western Digital Corp. said it would slash 5% of its work force, or about 2,500 jobs, as falling demand for computers and electronics hurt disk-drive makers.

The company also lowered its revenue outlook for the current quarter. As a result, the Lake Forest, Calif.-based company said it plans to reduce production and cut operating expenses across the company.

Western Digital will halt most of its manufacturing operations from Dec. 20 through Jan. 1. It will also close one of its three manufacturing facilities in Thailand, and close or sell one of two manufacturing facilities in Malaysia.

The cost-cutting moves, expected to be completed by the end of March, are expected to result in total charges of about $150 million, spread over the December and March quarters.

The company said demand for hard drives was "significantly below" expectations in the December quarter, and Chief Executive John Coyne said demand was likely to stay weak until the middle of 2009.

Western Digital lowered its fiscal second-quarter revenue outlook to a range of $1.7 billion to $1.8 billion from its October forecast for $2.03 billion to $2.15 billion.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122952872649514341.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Western Digital warns on revenue, will cut jobs

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp (WDC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said quarterly revenue would miss estimates due to weak disk- drive demand, adding that it plans to halt some operations during the holidays and cut some 5 percent of its workforce to trim costs.

Shares of the world's second-largest maker of computer disk drives fell about 3 percent on Wednesday after it said demand for hard drives in the second quarter that will end on Dec. 26 was "significantly below" expectations.

Western Digital forecast revenue of $1.7 billion to $1.8 billion for the period. Analysts surveyed by Reuters Estimates had on average expected $1.97 billion. In October, the company had anticipated revenue of $2.03 billion to $2.15 billion.

The move comes one week after rival Seagate Technologies (STX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) also slashed its outlook for the current quarter and said it will institute a temporary company-wide shutdown.

Analysts blamed the shortfall to weakness in the personal computer market, which like most other industries has seen demand shrink during the global economic downturn.

"Industry pricing is also significantly more competitive than forecasted," the company added in a statement.

To cut costs, Western Digital will halt the majority of its manufacturing operations from Dec. 20 through Jan. 1, reduce worldwide headcount by about 2,500 people, and pare compensation of its executive officers, board and senior management.

The company expects to complete the moves by March and to take combined charges of $150 million in the December and March quarters as a result. It estimated savings of $150 million annually.

"We believe this realignment is the appropriate action given current difficult conditions and expect we will see Seagate mirror WD's actions when it announces its own restructuring plan next month," analyst Avi Cohen, head of research at Avian Securities, said in a client note.

Western Digital's shares fell 25 cents to $12.25 on the New York Stock Exchange, while rival data storage company NetApp Inc (NTAP.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares fell 5.7 percent to $13.63. Seagate shares edged 4 cents higher to $4.49.

Last week NetApp said it would close a product line that experienced unexpectedly low demand, and will close a facility in Haifa, Israel, which employs 51 people. (Reporting by Franklin Paul; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Maureen Bavdek)
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssComputerHardware/idUSN1731212320081217

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